M.S. in Aeronautics

Worldwide Embry-Riddle Masters Aeronautical Science

In the rapidly changing world of aviation and aerospace, industry professionals must do more than simply keep up – they need to take charge of their futures. In today's global workplace, a graduate-level education is becoming more and more critical in order to reach the upper levels of management. An advanced degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University can help you broaden your knowledge, diversify your talents, and give you an edge on the competitive playing field of aviation.

Students appreciate the Master of Science in Aeronautics (MSA) program's solid core of classes, partnered with a range of specialties that are tailored to individual interests. You'll become and expert of the tools needed in the development, manufacture, and operation of aircraft and spacecraft, and gain a comprehensive understanding of the infrastructure that supports industry.

Degree Options:

  • Capstone Option: Students wishing to complete the degree with the Capstone option are required to take the 36 hour curriculum. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
  • Thesis Option: Students may complete a thesis in place of a capstone, allowing the student to complete the MSA degree with 30 credits rather than 36 credits. Students electing the thesis option must take the GRE. Refer to Master of Science in Aeronautics Thesis Policy Guide for minimum GRE scores and additional guidance.

Program-Specific Criteria

Prerequisite Knowledge

Subject knowledge for a specific graduate course must be satisfied before enrollment in that course is permitted. Students may enroll in graduate level courses only if they meet prerequisite knowledge requirements. Graduate level prerequisite courses taken with ERAU must be completed with a grade of B or better.

Applicants for admission to the Master of Science in Aeronautics (MSA) program must have prerequisite knowledge in the following areas:

  • Quantitative Methods 

Students should assume responsibility to see that prerequisites are satisfied. The prerequisite subject knowledge for a specific graduate course must be satisfied before enrollment in that specific course is permitted. Students may enroll in other graduate level courses as they meet any specific prerequisite knowledge required.

The prerequisite knowledge can be validated through one of the following:

  1. Completed an undergraduate or graduate course in each of the specific subject areas and upon validation of the course from an official transcript; -OR-
  2. Completed a course listed in either the National or ACE Guide for which academic credit in one of the specific subject areas is recommended; -OR-
  3. Received at least the minimum recommended score on a CLEP, DANTES, PEP, etc. exam in each of the subject areas as required.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Major/Core - Capstone Option*

Core Credits
ASCI 602The Air Transportation System3
ASCI 604Human Factors in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry3
RSCH 665Statistical Analysis3
RSCH 670Research Methods3
ASCI 691Graduate Capstone Course3
Total Credits15

*ASCI 602, ASCI 604, RSCH 665 and RSCH 670 must be taken as the first four (4) courses of the degree program. They can be taken in any order. Students being admitted to the MSA from the BSA/MSA 4+1 option will take the four (4) core courses immediately upon admission to the MSA.

Areas of Specialization
Choose at least one of the ten specializations. MSA students may complete courses leading to multiple specializations. Students wishing to complete multiple specializations must have unduplicated credits in each of the specializations. Students must submit an evaluation request form to declare the desired specializations.
Total Credits12

Electives

Electives
College of Aeronautics Graduate Courses (500-600 level)9
Students electing the Aviation/Aerospace Management Specialization may also use no more than two of the following courses as electives:
Strategic Marketing Management in Aviation
Organizational Behavior, Theory, and Applications in Aviation
Advanced Aviation Economics
Airport Management
Air Carrier, Passenger, and Cargo Management
Total Credits9
Total Degree Requirements - Capstone Option36

Major/Core - Thesis Option*

Core Credits
ASCI 602The Air Transportation System3
ASCI 604Human Factors in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry3
RSCH 665Statistical Analysis3
RSCH 670Research Methods3
ASCI 700AThesis I3
ASCI 700BThesis II3
Total Credits18
Areas of Specialization
Choose at least one of the nine specializations. MSA students may complete courses leading to multiple specializations. Students wishing to complete multiple specializations must have unduplicated credits in each of the specializations. Students must submit an evaluation request form to declare the desired specializations.
Total Credits12
Total Degree Requirements - Thesis Option30

Specializations:

Specialization 1

Aeronautics

Students must complete the following four courses:

ASCI 509Advanced Aerodynamics3
ASCI 517Advanced Meteorology3
ASCI 603Aircraft and Spacecraft Development3
UNSY 501Application of Unmanned Systems3

Specialization 2

Aviation/Aerospace Education Technology

Students must complete the following four courses:

ASCI 514Computer-Based Instruction3
ASCI 550Aviation Education Foundations3
ASCI 614Advanced Aviation/Aerospace Curriculum Development3
ASCI 654Adult Teaching and Learning Techniques3

Specialization 3

Aviation/Aerospace Management

Students must complete the following four courses:

ASCI 609Aircraft Maintenance Management3
ASCI 642International Aviation Policy3
ASCI 644Integrated Logistics in Aviation Management3
ASCI 645Airport Operations and Management3

Specialization 4

Aviation/Aerospace Operations

Students must complete the following four courses:

ASCI 515Aviation/Aerospace Simulation Systems3
ASCI 560Advanced Rotorcraft Operations3
ASCI 617Airport Safety and Certification3
ASCI 620Air Carrier Operations3

Specialization 5

Aviation/Aerospace Safety Systems

Students must complete the following four courses:

ASCI 611Aviation/Aerospace System Safety3
ASCI 612Aviation/Aerospace Industrial Safety Management3
ASCI 615Aviation/Aerospace Accident Investigation and Analysis3
ASCI 618Aviation/Aerospace Safety Program Management3

Specialization 6

Human Factors in Aviation Systems

Students must complete the following four courses:

ASCI 516Applications in Crew Resource Management3
ASCI 634Aviation/Aerospace Psychology3
ASCI 660Sensation and Perception3
MSHF 606Human Cognition3

Specialization 7

Space Studies

Students must complete the following four courses:

ASCI 511Earth Observation and Remote Sensing3
ASCI 512Space Mission and Launch Operations3
ASCI 513Space Habitation and Life Support Systems3
ASCI 601Applications in Space: Commerce, Defense, and Exploration3

Specialization 8

Unmanned Aerospace Systems

Students must complete the following four courses:

ASCI 530Unmanned Aerospace Systems3
ASCI 531Robotics and Control3
ASCI 637Unmanned Aerospace Systems Operations and Payloads3
ASCI 638Human Factors in Unmanned Aerospace Systems3

Specialization 9

Air Traffic Management

Students must complete the following four courses:

ASCI 606Global Air Traffic Control and Management3
ASCI 624Global Aviation Leadership: Critical Decision Making in Air Traffic Systems3
ASCI 625The Role of Airports in Global Air Traffic Management3
ASCI 626Air Traffic Control Human Factors3

Specialization 10

Small Unmanned Aircraft System Operation

Students must contact their Academic Advisor regarding additional cost, possible travel, and FAA Testing, prior to enrolling in the first course of this specialization. Students must complete the following four courses:

UNSY 515sUAS Operation Fundamentals3
UNSY 520sUAS Practical Application and Assessment3
UNSY 620sUAS Operational Planning and Safety Management3
ASCI 637Unmanned Aerospace Systems Operations and Payloads3