M.S. in Aeronautics (MSA)

Worldwide Embry-Riddle Master of Science in Aeronautics (MSA

The Master of Science in Aeronautics (MSA) degree program is a broad-based, flexible degree program designed to provide both the aviation/aerospace professional and students who are interested in a career in aviation with a professional academic approach to an aviation/aerospace oriented multidisciplinary degree. It provides an unequaled opportunity for pilot and flight crew members, ground personnel, air traffic control personnel, flight operations specialists, maintenance personnel, meteorologists, industry technical and manufacturing representatives, airport professionals, unmanned aircraft systems operators, aviation safety professionals, aviation sustainability professionals, aviation training experts and space related professionals to enhance their knowledge and pursue additional career opportunities.

The MSA degree is designed to provide the student with a broad aviation/aerospace background and technical knowledge in the 7 course core curriculum and the opportunity to select from eight different 3 course specializations to pursue their chosen career path in the aviation field.

The MSA program consists of 30 credits. Students must complete the MSA core requirements consisting of 21 credits, and complete the 9 credits that make up the selected specialization in one of the following: Aviation Safety, Human Factors, Space Systems, Unmanned Systems, or Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Sustainability, Maintenance and Research.

View information for B.S. in Aeronautics (BSA) students who wish to continue on to the M.S. in Aeronautics (MSA) degree by enrolling in the BSA-MSA 4+1 program.


MSA Core Requirements
ASCI 602The Air Transportation System3
ASCI 604Human Factors in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry3
ASCI 674Project Management in Aviation/Aerospace3
ASCI 516Applications in Crew Resource Management3
ASCI 645Airport Operations and Management3
ASCI 693Current Research Problems in Aviation/Aerospace3
RSCH 665Statistical Analysis3
Total Credits21


Choose at least one of the Specializations listed.
Total Degree Requirements 30


Aviation and Aerospace Sustainability

AASI 600Sustainable Aviation and Aerospace Perspectives3
AASI 620Best Practices for Aviation and Aerospace Sustainability3
AASI 625Sustainability Policy, Ethics & Legal Topics in Aviation and Aerospace3

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Operations

Students declaring the sUAS Operation Specialization or registering for courses within it must be physically located within the U.S. when registering for and while participating in the UNSY 520 course. Students must contact their Academic Advisor regarding additional cost, possible travel, and FAA Testing, prior to enrolling in the first course of this specialization, UNSY 515.
UNSY 515sUAS Operation Fundamentals3
UNSY 520sUAS Practical Application and Assessment3
UNSY 620sUAS Operational Planning and Safety Management3

Unmanned Systems

UNSY 501Application of Unmanned Systems3
UNSY 603Unmanned Systems Operational Configuration3
UNSY 503Legal and Regulatory Issues in Unmanned Systems3

Space Systems

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

Aviation Safety

ASCI 615Aviation/Aerospace Accident Investigation and Analysis3
ASCI 611Aviation/Aerospace System Safety3
ASCI 621Aviation/Aerospace Safety Program Management3

Human Factors

MSHF 606Human Cognition3
MSHF 612Human Performance, Limitation, and Error3
MSHF 624Ergonomics and Biomechanics3

Aviation Maintenance

MAVM 601Leadership in Global Aviation Maintenance Organizations3
MAVM 605Global Maintenance Resource Management3
MAVM 615Strategic Management of Global Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Operations3


RSCH 670Research Methods3
RSCH 700AThesis I3
RSCH 700BThesis II3

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