College of Aviation

Dr. Alan Stolzer, Dean

The College of Aviation is comprised of Graduate Studies, and the departments of Aeronautical Science, Aviation Maintenance Science, Applied Aviation Sciences, and the Flight Training Department, which is the flight laboratory component for the Aeronautical Science degree. This cohesive unit takes advantage of the various talents and expertise of faculty and staff in these related programs. By having these programs in one complex composed of the Aviation Building, the Simulation Center, the Flight Laboratory, and the Aviation Maintenance complex, the College provides an atmosphere in which students are able to immerse themselves in an environment designed to provide them with the best resources available for the highest quality degree possible.

The College of Aviation complex is comprised of modern, beautiful buildings that house the academic departments, classrooms, and laboratories, including the High Altitude Normobaric Hypoxia, Air Traffic Simulation, Spaceflight Operations, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and Aviation Maintenance laboratories, which provide a unique experience for students in various curricula. The Simulation Center contains the most advanced ab-initio aircraft simulation devices on the planet: aircraft-specific Cessna 172, Diamond DA 42, and Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) flight training devices and a Level D full-motion simulator. Each of these devices precisely simulates the aircraft, including the flying qualities and sounds, and each has powerful, realistic visuals.

The College of Aviation complex also serves as a living laboratory that can research all elements of an air transportation system, including dynamic modeling of air traffic control interfaces, airline operations, and safety systems through its highly sophisticated aircraft and air traffic simulation laboratories. These simulations can then be incorporated into the real world, where a fleet of airplanes can bring the simulation scenarios to life in an actual in-flight laboratory.

The College offers the Master of Science degree in Aeronautics with specializations in Aeronautics, Air Traffic Management, Aviation/Aerospace Education Technology, Aviation/Aerospace Management, Aviation/Aerospace Operations, Aviation/Aerospace Safety Systems, Human Factors, Space Studies, Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations, and Unmanned Aerospace Systems. Further, the college offers the Ph.D. in Aviation with specializations in Operations, Safety/Human Factors, and Interdisciplinary.

The College of Aviation has an enrollment of approximately 2,500 students, many of whom are in the Aeronautical Science degree, the largest residential program of any kind in the nation. The College has a fleet of 71 aircraft, including the Cessna C-172 and Diamond DA 42. The entire C-172 and Diamond DA 42 fleet is equipped with all-glass flight decks using the Garmin G1000 all-glass avionics suite and includes the ADS-B onboard collision avoidance system.

Embry-Riddle has positioned the College of Aviation to serve its students with distinction while investigating and developing new education and programs for pilots, air traffic managers, meteorologists, aviation maintenance technicians, unmanned aircraft system operators, safety professionals, and spaceflight operators of the new century.



A.S. in Aviation Maintenance Science


B.S. in Aeronautical Science
B.S. in Aeronautics
B.S. in Aerospace and Occupational Safety
B.S. in Air Traffic Management
B.S. in Aviation Maintenance Science
B.S. in Meteorology
B.S. in Spaceflight Operations
B.S. in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science


M.S. in Aeronautics
M.S. in Occupational Safety Management
M.S. in Unmanned Systems


Ph.D. in Aviation

Accelerated Masters

B.S. in Aeronautics/Master of Science in Aeronautics

Combined Programs

B.S. in Aeronautics/MBA
B.S. in Aviation Maintenance Science/MBA
B.S. in Aviation Maintenance Science/MSA


Aircraft Dispatcher Certification