Ph.D. Admissions


Status quo is virtually an unknown concept in the aerospace industry. The technology with which aerospace works and the national and international regulations by which it must abide are subject to rapid, frequent, and sweeping change. Aerospace touches every sphere of modern personal and business life and, therefore, must be sensitive to and respond to stimuli from a variety of unrelated sources. A healthy aviation industry is critical to the nation’s economic well-being and security.

Embry-Riddle graduate degree programs are designed to stress pragmatic solutions to the managerial, technological, and organizational challenges in the aviation and aerospace industry today. The problems currently confronting industry are brought into the classroom for analysis, making use of the latest theories, tools, and techniques available to engineers, operations personnel, and managers. Case studies, simulations, computer-aided analysis, and computer-assisted design, as well as experiential exercises are interspersed throughout the curricula to achieve a balance between theory and the realities of the aviation/aerospace industrial world of the 21st century.

In most programs, opportunities are provided in each degree program to tailor the curriculum to meet specific, individual career objectives. Classes are scheduled to accommodate both full-time and part-time study. 

General Criteria

All doctoral applicants must have earned baccalaureate or master’s degree. 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 Ph.D. program. Criteria for making this judgment will include academic records, 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 doctoral 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
      • A research topic proposal
    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 previous colleges or universities. If the University admits such students, they will be admitted with conditional status.

Admission Time Limit

Applicants who have been accepted for admission into Embry-Riddle Ph.D. programs must enroll in Embry-Riddle 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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.

In order to satisfy a Ph.D. degree program requirement, the academic work for which such credit is sought must be determined to be specifically relevant to the applicant’s Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. student at Embry-Riddle (in the case of masters courses, this normally means that the course was completed with a B or better (3.00 CGPA on a 4.00 frading scale).

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

Graduate Internships

Graduate internships are temporary professional opportunities in industry available to graduate students. There are two types of internships: resident and nonresident.  Resident internships are professional work activities supported by a partnership between industry and the University and conducted on campus under the supervision of a faculty/staff sponsor in conjunction with the employer. Nonresident internships are professional work activities conducted off-campus at the supporting organization’s facility. Full-time employees of the offering organization are not eligible for an internship appointment and cannot receive academic credit for their professional position.

Masters students who have full graduate status, are degree seeking, in good standing with a minimum of six graduate credit hours completed, and who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 basis are eligible to apply for graduate internships. Students must demonstrate adequate communication and technical skills.

Students selected for an internship may register for the approved number of credit hours in the appropriate departmental internship course and will be charged tuition for one credit hour. Masters-level academic credit is awarded at a rate of one credit hour for every 200 clock hours of work completed, up to a maximum of three credit hours in one semester. Three internship credit hours may be applied toward degree requirements in many degree programs. Students are advised to consult with their Graduate Program Coordinator for approval to use internship credits in their degree program curriculum.

International students must verify their eligibility to work in the U.S. with International Student Services BEFORE accepting a co-op or internship and may not register for a co-op or internship after having completed their educational requirements, according to the regulations of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Thesis, Research Project and Capstone Project Requirements

Students who elect a thesis, graduate research project or graduate capstone project must obtain approval of the research topic. The University encourages master’s students to select thesis, graduate research/capstone project topics that permit them to participate in faculty research. Once approved, a research advisor and one or more additional committee members are selected and approved by the department coordinator or designee. Normally, if a student is working with a faculty research team as part of his/her thesis or graduate/capstone research project, the faculty member who is directing the student’s research should generally be the student’s research advisor. The graduate research/capstone project option may not be available for all programs.