Masters Admissions


Embry-Riddle seeks master's 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 one of our master's programs. We use the guidelines in the next section to determine which applicants are to be granted full admission to a master's program. Students who fail to meet these guidelines but have the potential for success in a master's program may be granted a conditional admission. Students admitted under conditional status will have to prove their ability to pursue a master's program by meeting specific performance criteria set by the program coordinator.

Admission decisions are often rendered in the anticipation of the applicant successfully completing the baccalaureate degree 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 Admission granted by such actions is provisional and is automatically rescinded if the applicant fails to meet the requirement before the specified date for the start of masters-level study.

Specific programs may require that potential degree candidates display a mastery of a number of topical areas critical to the initiation of master-level study in their fields. Candidates are informed of these requirements along with their notification of acceptance.

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

General Criteria

All masters applicants must have earned baccalaureate degree or equivalent. If earned in the United States, this degree must be from an appropriately accredited institution. If earned outside the United States, the degree must be from an institution that offers a degree program that is equivalent to one in an accredited degree granting institution listed in the Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education (AIPE) published by the American Council of Education (ACE). Applicants educated at foreign schools may be required to submit an evaluation by submitting official certified documentation of their educational achievements to a foreign credential evaluation organization specified by Embry-Riddle.

A well-defined process will be used to determine whether a student is fully qualified for admission to a specific master 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.

Procedures for Admission

Applicants must follow these steps to be considered for admission into our master’s programs prior to the application deadline:

  1. Complete an Online Application: Answer each question carefully, select the desired major and term, and pay the $50 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submit Official Transcripts: Official transcripts from each college and university attended. The transcripts should also include degree conferred and conferral date if applicable.
  1. Submit GMAT/GRE Test Scores: Official test scores are required for admission consideration into specific programs. To review which programs require test scores, please refer to the program specific requirements section.
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  1. Submit Supporting Documents: In addition to transcripts and test scores, applicants must send the subsequent documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
    1. Statement of objectives: required essay to demonstrate strong capacity for written communication. The statement should be at least three to four paragraphs long and include:
      • A description of the applicant’s long-term professional goals, defining how Embry-Riddle's program supports those interests and goals
      • A description of the applicant’s interests and background
      • A description of the applicants’ reasons for desiring to do graduate work in the selected field
    2. Three letters of recommendation: two academic and one professional are preferred.
    3. Resume: outlining education, work experience, special activities, and awards.

Admission decisions will be rendered once all documents have been received. If you have any questions about your application, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions using the information below.

Daytona Beach Graduate Admissions
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
1 Aerospace Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone: (800) 388-3728 - or - (386) 226-6176
E-mail: graduate.admissions@erau.edu 

The University reserves the right to refuse admission to students who are on probationary status or who were academically dismissed from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University or from other colleges or universities.  If the University admits such students, they will be admitted with conditional status.

Non-degree Seeking Applicants

Non-degree graduate applications are accepted in extenuating circumstances and must be first approved by the Vice Provost of Academic Support. If application is approved, applicant must submit a statement of purpose and all post-secondary official transcripts. Applicants can only take up to 12 credit hours. After that, they must apply for a degree program by completing an online application.

Admission Time Limit

Applicants who have been accepted for admission into Embry-Riddle master's programs must enroll in Embry-Riddle master's level courses within one year from the date of the semester for which they were accepted. Those who do not enroll within the specified time period must reapply for admission and provide a new set of supporting documents.

Transfer Credit

Students seeking to transfer prior academic work from an accredited institution toward their Embry-Riddle master's program must submit appropriate supporting documentations as part of the admission process. The request must be made in writing and must be accompanied by official transcripts, syllabi (course by course description) or equivalent evidence of such work. Requests must be approved by the academic department chair or their designee. A maximum of four classes (twelve credit hours) can be transferred toward the Embry-Riddle master’s degree program.

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 DVA as required by law.

Escrow credit may be received for certain master's level courses taken by Embry-Riddle undergraduates.

Credit may be received for certain master's level courses taken as non-degree master's level work or as part of another Embry-Riddle master's degree program. When transferring from one Embry-Riddle master's program to another this credit may include prior work on a GRP or thesis.

In order to satisfy a master's degree program requirement, the academic work for which such credit is sought must be determined to be specifically relevant to the applicant’s master's 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 academic department chair or designee shall make these determinations.

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

Credit for academic work used to satisfy the requirements of an undergraduate degree will not be accepted toward the requirements for a master's 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 master's level 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 master's level credit on a degree program must be earned at Embry-Riddle.

A student may not be enrolled in more than one degree program. Upon completion of an Embry-Riddle master's degree program, a student may elect to apply to another master's degree program at this university.

Intra-University Transfer

Current master’s students at either the Prescott or Worldwide Campus may transfer to the Daytona Beach campus if they meet the following requirements:

  • Must be in an active student status
  • Must meet requirements for the Daytona Beach master’s program
  • Must not have any financial obligations at their prior campus

Students should contact their respective advisor to initiate the process of transferring to the Daytona Beach campus.

Note: An admission application is not required for these students.

Conditional Admission

Students who fail to satisfy the guidelines for full admission, but have the potential for success in a master's program, may be granted a conditional admission. These students must prove their ability to pursue a graduate program by meeting specific performance criteria after matriculation at the University. The conditions of admission will be communicated to applicants in the ­letter of admission. While in a conditional status, these students are not eligible for assistantship opportunities.

These students will remain in a conditional status until they have completed 9 hours of masters-level work. During this period, students may receive no grade lower than a B and will not be permitted to repeat courses. Upon successful completion of the appropriate undergraduate prerequisite courses, these students will transition into full graduate student status.

Note: Conditional Admission is only applicable to US citizens or US permanent resident students.

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Programs

These programs are designed to allow qualified students to begin a master’s degree while still completing the bachelor’s degree, thus finishing both degrees in a shorter time. In some cases, these degrees allow for the crossing of disciplines — earning a B.S. in one field and an M.S. in another, which gives graduates a versatility and breadth of knowledge sought by employers in today’s job market. A student who has earned a minimum of 75 credit hours with at least a 3.00 CGPA may apply for admission through the Graduate Admissions office. The application must accompany 2 letters of recommendation from faculty in both the undergraduate and graduate programs to indicate (1) the applicant’s potential to successfully complete graduate-level work, and (2) evidence that the applicant has attained the foundational competencies for graduate degree studies.

Admission Deposit

Admitted students must submit a non-refundable $200 tuition deposit at least 30 days prior to matriculation. 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.