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Graduate work leading to a Master of Science in Aviation Management is offered by the School of Aviation. The program is designed to prepare working-professionals and full-time students for advancement in the aviation industry. The online delivery affords working professionals the ability to maintain their professional and personal lives while completing a degree that builds on previous experience and education. The objectives of the program are to produce graduates who are prepared to acquire management positions within the aviation industry and are able to pursue continued education or demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning. 

The M.S. in Aviation Management prepares graduates to begin or advance their careers in the aviation industry with organizations such as airlines, aerospace manufacturers, aviation consulting firms, government agencies, and more. Graduates of the program are qualified for management positions throughout the aviation industry such as: safety coordinator, security manager, project manager, flight operations manager, maintenance control, quality assurance manager, among many others.

Admission Requirements

The MSAVM program accepts students on rolling admission for each academic term (Fall, Spring, Summer). The course sequence affords this flexibility by offering the capstone course AVM 580 each semester. In order to be eligible for admission to the MSAVM program, prospective students must hold a bachelor's degree prior to application, or seek the 4+1 completion option, where up to 9 credit hours hours of undergraduate 400-level courses will count towards the master degree. Students seeking 4+1 completion may complete 400-level MSAVM coursework as “senior with degree,” or during the completion of their bachelor degree.

Preference is given to students with a bachelor's degree in a related field and/or active employment in an aviation profession. 

The minimum admission requirements for this program are provided below:

  • Candidates will possess a bachelor degree. 1
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.7 (4.0 scale). A minimum GPA of 3.00 (A = 4.0) in all undergraduate and graduate work is needed for serious consideration.
  • Complete MSAVM application
  • Resume

1except for students seeking 4+1 bachelor/master completion.

Program Requirements

The graduation requirements for the MSAVM program are as follows:

  • The student must complete all required coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, with no single grade lower than a “C”.
  • Satisfactory and timely completion of the research project assigned in AVM 580.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Aviation Management

The MSAVM master program is designed using an online model to afford working professionals the ability to maintain their professional and personal lives while completing the degree in as quickly as 12 months. Students applying to the program must hold a bachelor, or may complete portions of the 400-level coursework concurrently with a bachelor degree in Aviation Management or Aviation Technologies.

The 30-credit-hour program consists of a program core curriculum (21-credit hours) building managerial skills and extensive aviation knowledge. Foundational courses in statistics and information systems provide a framework for analytical skills; an academic core in aviation law, safety, and international aviation provide a breadth of knowledge; and a capstone data analysis course demonstrates the graduate’s readiness for real-world business project management. 

In addition to the program core, students will complete 9 credit hours of elective coursework selected by the student and the Program Advisor to give students additional specialized training related to their own specific interests and career goals.

Program Core Courses - 21 credit hours

  • AVM 540: Organizational Theory and Leadership (3 CH)
  • AVM 550: Statistical Concepts and Managerial Information Systems in Aviation (3 CH)
  • AVM 551: Aviation Policy, Law, and Regulation (3 CH)
  • AVM 553: Safety Management Systems (3 CH)
  • AVM 554: Aviation Planning (3 CH)
  • AVM 555: International Aviation (3 CH)
  • AVM 580: Independent Research Capstone (3 CH)

Elective Courses - 9 credit hours

(Advisor approved -400 or -500 level coursework), may include:

  • AVM 410: Legal Aspects of Aviation (3 CH)
  • AVM 420: Aviation Safety Management (3 CH)
  • AVM 430: Air Transport Labor Relations (3 CH)
  • AVM 440: Fiscal Aspects of Aviation Management (3 CH)
  • AVM 552: Advanced Airport Administration (3 CH)
  • AVT 470: Reliability, Maintainability (3 CH)
  • AVT 478: Aircraft Business and Industry Financial Practices (3 CH)
  • AVT 488: Advanced Aerospace Safety Procedures (3 CH)