Master's in Aviation Safety

8205
Master of Science in Aviation
Classroom
No
Graduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 8205 Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Aviation
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: graduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom Location/s: main campus
Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives, GRE

The Master of Science in Aviation (MSA) is designed to help meet the professional growth needs of persons interested in a wide range of aviation careers.

The degree is especially relevant for those who have earned baccalaureate degrees in aviation and those who have worked in the aviation field and now require more specialized knowledge. Generally, persons interested in careers in airport or airline management, airport consulting and governmental organizations involved in the management or regulation of airports should select the airport development and management program. Persons interested in aviation safety, accident investigation, technical aviation consulting and educational, regulatory or investigative positions in government or trade organizations would find the applied aviation safety program most appropriate.

Admission Requirements

The applicant to the Master of Science in Aviation - Applied Aviation Safety program must have earned a bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from an institution of acceptable academic standing. To be considered for admission, the student's academic and professional record must indicate a high probability the applicant will be able to pursue graduate work satisfactorily. Undergraduate degrees need not be in aviation; however, preparatory coursework may be required in specific areas to assure successful pursuit of the MSA. Such coursework is determined by the College of Aeronautics before admission. The student is advised of any such requirements before final acceptance.

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Aviation - Applied Aviation Safety is conferred on students completing the selected degree requirements as specified below.

Curriculum

The applied aviation safety program requires the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours of approved coursework including a maximum of six hours of Thesis (AHF 5999).

Summary of Program Requirements
Complete:
  • AVS 5204 Aviation Safety Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides aviation and selected non-aviation professionals with a strong background in aviation safety analysis. The material and methods studied, including a variety of safety databases, provide a foundation for safety management, safety program development, team performance analysis and personnel resource management.
  • AVS 5207 Aviation Safety Management Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides in-depth study of aviation safety management systems (SMS). Includes quality management principles, process-based safety risk management and safety assurance and proactive safety culture. Also covers predictive safety management tools and methods including SMS implementation strategies.
    Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite course or instructor approval
  • AVS 6000 Quantitative Research Designs in Aviation Research
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces experimental, correlational, causal-comparative and survey research methodologies and designs. Includes corresponding statistical procedures. Emphasizes preparation of an APA-compliant quantitative research proposal related to the aviation field.
  • AVT 4301 Aviation Safety
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the historical roots of modern safety organizations and the safety responsibilities and operations of the FAA and the NTSB. Closely examines aviation safety planning, icing and human-centered accidents.
    Requirement(s):
    Multiengine Certificate with Instrument Rating
  • Additional coursework (minimum) Credit Hours: 15
  • Graduate Statistics (Restricted Elective) Credit Hours: 3
  • Thesis (maximum) Credit Hours: 6
Total Credits Required: 36
Typical Graduate Program Plan
Complete:
  • AHF 5201 Human Performance 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers classical and naturalistic decision-making. Studies human performance in complex systems, and examines stress, anxiety, fatigue and organizational stress and error. Explores automation and human performance in aviation.
  • AVS 5201 Aviation Meteorology Theory and Practice
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers selected aviation meteorology topics in depth including stability, causes and manifestations of turbulence and mesoscale convective complexes. Also covers wind shear and microbursts, and their impact on aviation.
  • AVS 5203 Impact of Aviation on Human Physiology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the biophysical and biochemical, blood gas chemistry, and neurological and pulmonary reactions to flight. A special analysis of human reactions to many of the extremes of flight.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite course
  • AVS 5204 Aviation Safety Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides aviation and selected non-aviation professionals with a strong background in aviation safety analysis. The material and methods studied, including a variety of safety databases, provide a foundation for safety management, safety program development, team performance analysis and personnel resource management.
  • AVS 5207 Aviation Safety Management Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides in-depth study of aviation safety management systems (SMS). Includes quality management principles, process-based safety risk management and safety assurance and proactive safety culture. Also covers predictive safety management tools and methods including SMS implementation strategies.
    Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite course or instructor approval
  • AVS 5999 Thesis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Preparation and submission of a research thesis on a selected topic in aviation science under the direction of the graduate faculty.
    Requirement(s):
    Program chair approval
  • AVS 6000 Quantitative Research Designs in Aviation Research
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces experimental, correlational, causal-comparative and survey research methodologies and designs. Includes corresponding statistical procedures. Emphasizes preparation of an APA-compliant quantitative research proposal related to the aviation field.
  • AVT 4301 Aviation Safety
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the historical roots of modern safety organizations and the safety responsibilities and operations of the FAA and the NTSB. Closely examines aviation safety planning, icing and human-centered accidents.
    Requirement(s):
    Multiengine Certificate with Instrument Rating
  • AVT 5302 Aviation Accident Investigation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies aviation accident investigation as performed by NTSB, FAA and ICAO. Includes field investigation techniques and laboratory methods for accident reconstruction, and analysis of flight mishaps using time and events correlation of cockpit voice recorders, flight data recorders and ATC radar tapes.