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Ph.D. in Aviation

Learn more about the Ph.D in Aviation at the Daytona Beach College of Aviation website.

Program of Study

The Ph.D. in Aviation will allow students to pursue interests in aviation in a diverse, intellectually versatile and multidisciplinary environment and to effect a global impact on the aviation discipline and industry. The program has been designed with the intent of preparing students with the cognitive and research skills necessary to solve acute problems facing the field of aviation and to advance the discipline.

Broad-based / Flexible Degree

Embry-Riddle's Ph.D. in Aviation is a flexible degree program, in that it is offered primarily online but includes three, six-day residencies at designated campuses. The degree is open to aviation professionals, including flight crew members, air traffic controllers, industry technical representatives, aviation educators, government employees and others wishing to advance their knowledge and enhance their careers with a Ph.D. in Aviation.

Program Educational Goals

The Ph.D. in Aviation program is designed to enable students to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Develop mastery of the central theories and concepts in the field of aviation, including foundations, safety management, economics, and regulatory procedures
  2. Pose and solve theory-based and research-based problems designed to advance applications in the field of aviation
  3. Extend aviation body of knowledge by conceiving, planning, producing, and communicating original research
  4. Acquire expertise in instructional processes
  5. Demonstrate leadership, collaboration, and communication necessary for scholarly work in aviation. 

Curriculum

The program consists of 60 credit hours above a Master's degree. Of those 60 hours, a minimum of 48 hours must be completed at Embry-Riddle. The program also requires, as a prerequisite to all courses in the program, a graduate-level, minimum 3-hour course in Descriptive and Inferential Statistics. (MSA 605, MAS 605, ASCI 605, MSF 600, or TMGT 503 fulfills this requirement.)

Coursework

Students are required to take four courses from Group A classes:

DAV 721Quantitative Research Methods in Aviation3
DAV 725Research Methods3
DAV 726Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis3
DAV 724Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis - Data Mining and Modeling3

Students are required to take four of the following Group B courses:

DAV 711Foundations of Aviation3
DAV 712Aviation Safety Management Systems3
DAV 713The Economic Environment of Aviation3
DAV 714The Legal Environment of Aviation3
DAV 715Human Factors in Aviation3
DAV 716Management of Systems Engineering3

Students are required to take four of the following Group C courses:

DAV 732Aviation Organizational Dynamics3
DAV 733Globalization and the Aviation Environment3
DAV 734Operations Research & Decision-Making3
DAV 735Current Practices and Future Trends in Aviation3
DAV 736User-Centered Design in Aviation3
DAV 737Topics in Safety Management Systems3

Residency

Students are required to attend three, six-day annual residencies at the Daytona campus.

DAV 701Residency Seminar I2
DAV 702Residency Seminar II2
DAV 703Residency Seminar III2

Qualify Examination

Students must pass the Qualifying Examination to be admitted to candidacy. The exam is administered over a two-day period and tests the student´s mastery of completed course subject matter and preparation to conduct dissertation research.

DAV 801Qualifying Examination0

Dissertation

Once the student has successfully completed the Qualifying Examination, the student will register for DAV 901 Dissertation Research 1. The student must complete 18 credit hours of dissertation courses, at a minimum, and register for at least 3 hours of dissertation courses each semester (i.e., continuous enrollment) until the dissertation has been completed.

DAV 901Dissertation Research 13
DAV 902Dissertation Research 23
DAV 903Dissertation Research 33
DAV 904Dissertation Research 43
DAV 905Dissertation Research 53
DAV 906Dissertation Research 63

Specializations

Students can select one of three specializations.

Aviation Safety and Human Factors

In addition to completing all other required coursework, students must take the following courses to specialize in Aviation Safety and Human Factors.

DAV 712Aviation Safety Management Systems3
DAV 715Human Factors in Aviation3
DAV 716Management of Systems Engineering3
DAV 736User-Centered Design in Aviation3
DAV 737Topics in Safety Management Systems3

Operations

In addition to completing all other required coursework, students must take the following courses to specialize in Operations.

DAV 732Aviation Organizational Dynamics3
DAV 733Globalization and the Aviation Environment3
DAV 734Operations Research & Decision-Making3
DAV 735Current Practices and Future Trends in Aviation3

Intradisciplinary

The Intradisciplinary Specialization is for students who wish to work outside of the traditional academic boundaries, combining coursework from any specialization, while meeting basic course requirements. Students will complete all four Group A courses, four courses from Group B, and four Group C courses.