Ph.D. in Aviation

Students will:

  • Demonstrate mastery of seminal knowledge, foundational skills, and modern technology and tools in one or more aviation disciplines (safety management, human factors, aviation operations, and aviation training and education).
  • Pose and solve theory-based and research-based problems designed to advance applications in the field of aviation.
  • Extend the aviation body of knowledge by conceiving, planning, producing, and communicating original research.
  • Apply expertise in instructional processes.
  • Demonstrate leadership, collaboration, and communication necessary for scholarly work in aviation.

Curriculum

The program consists of 60 graduate credit hours. Of those 60 hours, a minimum of 48 hours must be above a Master's degree, and a minimum of 54 hours must be completed at Embry-Riddle. The combined total transfer credit hours that can be applied to the Ph.D. in Aviation degree may not exceed six credit hours. The list of acceptable Master's courses is provided below.

Coursework

Note:

  • DAV courses are offered primarily online; limited courses are offered in-person on the Daytona Beach campus.
  • Only listed MSA courses are acceptable for the Ph.D. program.

Core Requirements

Students are required to take the following core courses:

DAV 721Quantitative Research Methods in Aviation3
DAV 724Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis - Data Mining and Modeling3
DAV 725Research Methods3
DAV 726Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis3

Specialization and Elective Courses

Students will complete eight of the following courses:

DAV 712Aviation Safety Management Systems3
DAV 715Human Factors in Aviation3
DAV 716Management of Systems Engineering in Aviation3
DAV 717Instructional Design in Aviation3
DAV 719Regulatory Environment of Aviation Safety3
DAV 732Aviation Organizational Dynamics3
DAV 733Multicultural Team Operations in Aviation3
DAV 734Operations Research and Decision-Making3
DAV 735Current Practices and Future Trends in Aviation3
DAV 736Human-Centered Design in Aviation3
DAV 737Topics in Safety Management Systems3

Acceptable Master's Courses

Only the following MS in Aviation courses are accepted (pre-approval required)

MSA 540The Air Transportation System3
MSA 545Human Factors in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry3
MSA 547Leadership and Critical Decision Making in the Aviation Industry3
MSA 573Agent-based Modeling (ABM) for Aerospace and Aviation Systems3
MSA 621Aviation/Aerospace Safety Program Management3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3

Residency

Students are required to attend three, five-day annual residencies at the Daytona campus.

DAV 701Residency Seminar I2
DAV 702Residency Seminar II2
DAV 703Residency Seminar III2

Qualifying Examination

Students must pass the Qualifying Examination to be admitted to candidacy. The exam is administered over a two-day period and tests the student´s mastery of completed course subject matter and preparation to conduct dissertation research.

DAV 801Qualifying Examination0

Dissertation

Once the student has successfully completed the Qualifying Examination, the student will register for Dissertation Research 1. The student must complete 18 credit hours of dissertation courses, at a minimum, and register for at least 3 hours of dissertation courses each semester (i.e., continuous enrollment) until the dissertation has been completed.

DAV 901Dissertation Research 13
DAV 902Dissertation Research 23
DAV 903Dissertation Research 33
DAV 904Dissertation Research 43
DAV 905Dissertation Research 53
DAV 906Dissertation Research 63

Face-to-Face Courses

There are limited face-to-face Ph.D. and Master's courses offered on the Daytona Beach campus, as follows

Ph.D. Residential Courses

DAV 899Special Topics in Aviation3
DAV 901Dissertation Research 13
DAV 902Dissertation Research 23
DAV 903Dissertation Research 33
DAV 904Dissertation Research 43
DAV 905Dissertation Research 53
DAV 906Dissertation Research 63

Master's Residential Courses (pre-approval required)

MSA 540The Air Transportation System3
MSA 545Human Factors in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry3
MSA 547Leadership and Critical Decision Making in the Aviation Industry3
MSA 573Agent-based Modeling (ABM) for Aerospace and Aviation Systems3
MSA 621Aviation/Aerospace Safety Program Management3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3

Specializations

Students can select one of four specializations.

Aviation Safety

In addition to completing all other required coursework, students must take the following courses to specialize in Aviation Safety.

DAV 712Aviation Safety Management Systems3
DAV 716Management of Systems Engineering in Aviation3
DAV 719Regulatory Environment of Aviation Safety3
DAV 737Topics in Safety Management Systems3

Aviation Human Factors

In addition to completing all other required coursework, students must take the following courses to specialize in Aviation Human Factors.

DAV 715Human Factors in Aviation3
DAV 716Management of Systems Engineering in Aviation3
DAV 736Human-Centered Design in Aviation3

Aviation Operations

In addition to completing all other required coursework, students must take the following courses to specialize in Aviation Operations.

DAV 732Aviation Organizational Dynamics3
DAV 733Multicultural Team Operations in Aviation3
DAV 734Operations Research and Decision-Making3
DAV 735Current Practices and Future Trends in Aviation3

Intradisciplinary

The Intradisciplinary Specialization is for students who wish to work outside of the traditional academic boundaries, combining coursework from any specialization, while meeting basic course requirements. Students will complete all four core courses and eight other courses. 

International Students

International residential students must be enrolled full-time during required semesters (Fall and Spring) to remain in lawful F-1 status. Students must enroll in at least six graduate credits for each required semester of study (APD 03 - Ph.D. Course Load Definition). They can complete a maximum of three credits of online coursework per semester toward the minimum number of credits for full-time enrollment during required semesters. Other courses must be completed in face-to-face classes on the Daytona Beach campus.