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Graduate Admissions

Embry-Riddle seeks graduate students of good character who have demonstrated scholastic achievement and capacity for future growth. Our admission process is aimed at identifying the best students who show the potential to succeed in our graduate programs. We use the guidelines in the next section to determine which applicants are to be granted full admission to one of our graduate programs. Students who fail to meet these guidelines, but who are judged to have potential for success in a graduate program, may be granted conditional admission (subject, of course, to openings in the graduate program). Students admitted under conditional status will have to prove their ability to pursue a graduate program by meeting specific performance criteria after matriculation at the University.

Admission actions are often taken in the anticipation of the applicant successfully completing the baccalaureate or some other admission requirement. Admission granted by such actions is provisional and is automatically rescinded if the applicant fails to meet the requirement before the specified date for the start of graduate study.

Any questions relating to the criteria or any other aspect of the admissions process should be addressed to the Graduate Admissions Office on the Prescott Campus.

General Criteria

Applicants must possess an earned baccalaureate degree or equivalent by the semester start date.

If earned in the U.S., this degree must be from a regionally accredited college, university, or program.

If earned outside the U.S., the degree must be equivalent to a degree from a regionally accredited college, university, or program in the U.S. Applicants educated at foreign schools must submit an evaluation by submitting official certified documentation of their educational achievements to an international education evaluation organization specified by Embry-Riddle (if the foreign school is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission in U.S., this requirement can be waived).

A well-defined process will be used to determine whether a student is fully qualified for admission to a specific graduate program. Criteria for making this judgment will include academic record, work experience, professional activities, publications, recommendations, written statements, and interviews, as appropriate.

Articulation of applicable courses to meet program requirements, or course prerequisites, may be required as a condition of admission.

In most cases, students required to complete undergraduate prerequisites as conditions of their admission will receive conditional status admission. Upon successful completion of the appropriate undergraduate prerequisite courses, these students will transition to full graduate student status. While in conditional status, these students are not eligible for assistantship opportunities.

Conditional Admission

  • Students who fail to satisfy the guidelines for full admission, but are judged to have potential for success in the graduate program, may be granted conditional admission.
  • Students admitted under conditional status must prove their ability to pursue a graduate program by meeting specific performance criteria after matriculation at the University. Students admitted on conditional status will be monitored closely as to scholarly performance. Students who are admitted conditionally will be on conditional status until they have completed six to eighteen hours of graduate work. During this period, students may receive no grade lower than a B. Students will not be permitted to repeat courses during this period.
  • The conditions of admission will be communicated to applicants in the letter of admission. Students are fully admitted to the program when the conditions have been properly satisfied.

Procedures for Admission

Applications will not be processed until all required documents are received. Applications received after the submission deadlines stated in the following sections will be processed as quickly as possible, but acceptance for admission may not be early enough for the applicant to begin the program as soon as desired. From the day of the receipt of all application documentation, admission notifications are usually sent within three weeks.

Prescott applicants should submit their application to:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Graduate Admissions Office
3700 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301-3720
(800) 888-3728 -or- (928) 777-6600
fax: (928) 777-6613
email:  prescottgradinfo@erau.edu

Apply online at http://prescott.erau.edu/admissions/graduate

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents of the U.S.

All applicants must submit the following items to the Graduate Admissions Office prior to the application deadline:

  1. Completed application form and the $50 application fee. Please note: Permanent residents must provide a photocopy of their Alien Registration Card.
  2. Transcripts. Official sealed transcripts for all college coursework earned (both graduate and undergraduate). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions attended to Embry-Riddle Graduate Admissions. A minimum of a bachelor degree is required.
  3. Course descriptions for all graduate coursework to be considered for transfer.
  4. Statement of objectives. The statement of objectives is an important part of the application. Incorporating the applicant’s interests, background, and long-term professional goals, this statement should explain how the desired master’s program can support those interests and goals. The statement of objectives should be at least three or four paragraphs.
  5. Three letters of recommendation for graduate admission, two academic and one professional.
  6. Résumé. A current resume outlining the applicant's education, work experience, special activities, and awards.
  7. Assistantships. The application information for assistantships will be distributed to the admitted students as soon as it becomes available.  To be eligible for an assistantship, a student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate degree and have full graduate status (conditional admissions eliminates a student from eligibility until all conditions are removed).  Veterans using Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits are not eligible to receive an assistantship.

Admission Time Limit

Applicants who have been accepted for admission into Embry-Riddle graduate programs must enroll in Embry-Riddle graduate courses within one year from the start date of the semester for which they were accepted. Those who do not enroll in the specified time period must reapply for admission according to the regulations and procedures in effect at the time of reapplication.

A student who cancels the application at any point in the application process may reactivate the application at any time up to one year from the date of application. After one year, a new application, fee, and supporting documents must be submitted.

Admission Deposit

At least 30 calendar days prior to matriculation, admitted students must submit a non-refundable $200 tuition deposit.

The deposit will be held in the student’s account for one year and will be credited toward tuition during the first semester of attendance. After one year, if a student has not matriculated, the deposit is forfeited.

Credit for Prior Academic Work and for Courses Taken at Other Institutions

Students applying prior academic work toward their Embry-Riddle graduate program requirements must submit appropriate documentation for such credit as part of the admission process. The request must be in writing and be accompanied by official transcripts or equivalent evidence of such work. Requests must be approved by the academic department chair or their designee.

Prior academic work and courses taken at other institutions by veteran students and/or other eligible students receiving Veterans Education Benefits will be evaluated and credit granted as appropriate and will be reported to the Department of Veteran Affairs as required by law.

Credit (called transfer credit) may be received for graduate work done at another regionally accredited college or university.

Credit (called escrow credit) may be received for certain graduate courses taken by Embry-Riddle undergraduates.

Credit may be received for certain graduate courses taken as non-degree graduate work or as part of another (completed or non-completed) Embry-Riddle graduate degree program. When transferring from one Embry-Riddle graduate program to another, prior course work will be evaluated on a case by case basis. This credit may include prior work on a Graduate Research Project or Thesis.

The combined total transfer credit applied to an Embry-Riddle graduate degree may not exceed 12 credit hours.

In order to satisfy a graduate degree program requirement, the academic work for which such credit is sought must be determined to be specifically relevant to the applicant’s graduate degree program at Embry-Riddle. The content of the applicable course or other program should be used to determine the nature of the credit to be applied to the student’s degree requirement. The appropriate Prescott academic department chair or designee shall make these determinations.

Credit will be granted only if the student demonstrated performance expected of a graduate student at Embry-Riddle; in the case of graduate courses, this normally means that the course was completed with a B or better (3.00 on a 4.00 system).

Credit for academic work used to satisfy the requirements of an undergraduate degree will not be accepted toward the requirements for a graduate degree.

Credit will generally be accepted only for courses that were completed in the seven-year period immediately preceding the date that the student begins classes.

Permission to obtain graduate credit for courses to be taken outside the University after matriculation must be granted by the academic department chair or designee.

The last nine hours of graduate credit on a degree program must be earned at Embry-Riddle.

A student may not be enrolled in more than one graduate degree program. Upon completion of an Embry-Riddle graduate degree program, a student may elect to apply to another Embry-Riddle graduate degree program. After meeting admissions requirements and receiving notification of acceptance, a student may request that up to 12 hours of credit be transferred to the new degree program if the hours are applicable to the newly elected degree program. The transfer of these hours is at the discretion of the appropriate college dean or their designee.