Plan of Study

Below are typical MS in Aviation and Aerospace Management courses offered on a rolling format that lets you progress through the program at your own pace. We'll work with you to establish your individual plan of study.

Fall semester offerings

  • International Civil Aviation Regulatory Systems : Provides extensive multi-modal transportation security experience. Students will receive detailed information on air, maritime, rail, mass transit, trucking and oil pipeline security programs, as well as applicable threat mitigation processes. Research will be conducted on emerging international aviation issues. (3 credits)
  • Quality & Productivity in Industry & Technology: Examines the contemporary issues of continuous improvement in quality and productivity in manufacturing and service industries. Includes a close examination of the evolving philosophies' bearing on the scope, improvement and costs of quality assurance programs in industry and technology. (3 credits)
  • Human Error: Explores the definition and nature of human error, error chains and casual factors in error generation. Error taxonomies will provide a classification scheme for grouping errors and assessing error criticality. Methods for assessing risk and predicting error generation potentials will be investigated. Accident and incident case studies will be utilized throughout the course to illustrate course concepts. (3 credits)
  • Research Methods in Aviation: Explores the practical approach to research as it applies to identifying and analyzing problems in aviation industry settings. Such problems and issues often require a diversity of research skills to effectively address dynamic problems in complex and often high-risk work environments. The course offers an overview of mixed research methods that lend themselves well to practical problem solving. Also offered in Summer. (3 credits)

Summer semester offerings

  • Measurement & Evaluation in Industry & Technology: Presents an introduction to measurement strategies in an industrial and human resource environment. The evaluation of measurement outcomes will be the primary focus. Using statistical concepts appropriate for industrial environments, the role of the manager in planning and conducting effective research will be presented. (3 credits)
  • Operational Assessment & Improvement: This course focuses on developing the skills needed to analyze, formulate and apply pragmatic techniques for work task improvement. Concepts to be studied will include the enhancement of workflow structure, critical sequence element streamlining and value-added analysis development. (3 credits)
  • Research Methods in Aviation: Explores the practical approach to research as it applies to identifying and analyzing problems in aviation industry settings. Such problems and issues often require a diversity of research skills to effectively address dynamic problems in complex and often high-risk work environments. The course offers an overview of mixed research methods that lend themselves well to practical problem solving. Also offered in Fall. (3 credits)

Spring semester offerings

  • Critical Systems Thinking : Explores the application of critical systems thinking to complex problems. Using systems theory and case studies developed by technology visionaries, students will investigate alternative solutions to difficult industrial problems with global impact. Students will learn to synthesize data from varied sources to develop a comprehensive aviation strategy. (3 credits)
  • Managerial Economic Decision Making: Economic and strategic justification using qualitative and quantitative measures is the main emphasis for this decision-making course. Quantitative measures will be reviewed and evaluated as these strategies have direct and indirect impacts on customer satisfaction. Qualitative measures that typically relate to strategies for global competitiveness, corporate values, sustainability and other intangible needs are included. (3 credits)
  • Design of Safety Systems: The goals of this course are to create a working safety office that allows students to work as a safety officer reacting to real-life aviation safety problems. In so doing, students will achieve the following objectives and will be able to: (1) describe the regulatory and risk environment in which airline safety offices exist; (2) describe safety theories and models; (3) describe human factors and accident causation; (4) collect and analyze safety related data; (5) prepare documentations for references and trainings; (6) manage an airline safety office and implement safety precedents; (7) process and disseminate information related to accident prevention and risk minimization; (8) audit safety plans for air careers, airports, or FBOs. (3 credits)
  • Instructional Design: Examines practical applications of managing the training process in industry and educational settings, including the development of instructional materials from an adult learner viewpoint. Students will design an instructional program using established management training models. Curriculum design using various forms of media and delivery strategies will be emphasized. (3 credits)

Integrated throughout program

  • Capstone Project: The Capstone is a culminating educational event that requires the student to use the collective knowledge and skills that have been acquired during the course of the program. Specifically, the Capstone is an opportunity to select an aviation business problem or issue (possibly tied to your own company), which is then analyzed, corrected and documented in a structured scholarly paper. This is available during all semesters. (3 credits)