Master's in Aviation Management

8214
Master of Science in Aviation
Classroom
No
Graduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 8214 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 - Airport Development and Management 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 - Airport Development and Management is conferred on students completing the selected degree requirements as specified below.

Curriculum

Students have the option of either a thesis (33 credit hours) program of study, or a nonthesis (36 credit hours) program of study with a management or development emphasis.

Summary of Program Requirements
Complete:
  • Core Requirements Credit Hours: 27
  • Thesis (maximum) Credit Hours: 6
  • Nonthesis (including 6 credit hours of restricted electives) Credit Hours: 9
Core Requirements (27 credits)
  • AVM 5102 Airport Development
    Credit Hours: 3
    Addresses capital project development issues at airports, emphasizing project definition, funding, project administration and coordination, marketing and property management of airside and landside facilities.
  • AVM 5103 Airport Operations
    Credit Hours: 3
    Addresses requirements, responsibilities and methods of major U.S. and international airports. Studies both FAA and ICAO standards regarding air- and land-side operations, operational safety, maintenance and construction, security and emergency preparedness. Requires a case study or research paper.
  • 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
  • Restricted elective (upper-level statistics course) Credit Hours: 3
  • Additional Coursework Credit Hours: 15
Thesis (33 credits)
  • AVM 5999 Thesis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies in depth a specific aviation issue. Requires an oral presentation to faculty before formal defense of thesis.
    Requirement(s):
    Program chair approval
  • Core Requirements Credit Hours: 27
Nonthesis (36 credits)
  • AVM 5998 Advanced Aviation Research Project
    Credit Hours: 3
    A capstone course requiring individual research into an aviation-related topic, issue or problem appropriate to the student's area of concentration. Conducted under the supervision of a graduate faculty member and culminates in a formal written and oral report.
    Requirement(s):
    Program chair approval
  • Core Requirements Credit Hours: 27
  • Restricted Electives (Development or Management) Credit Hours: 6
Typical Nonthesis Graduate Program Plans
Development Emphasis
Choose from:
  • AVM 4204 CAD for Airport Environments
    Credit Hours: 3
    Teaches AutoCAD® applications, its interfaces, concepts, terminology and specialized conflict analysis and airfield planning simulation software packages used in the aviation industry. Includes the three-dimensional airspace analysis and Simtra Pathplanner software programs.
  • AVM 5101 Legal and Ethical Issues in Aviation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Uses current issues as vehicles for study of the legal and moral concepts that influence developments in both national and international air law. Addresses legal and ethical considerations directly confronting the aviation professional through case studies.
  • AVM 5102 Airport Development
    Credit Hours: 3
    Addresses capital project development issues at airports, emphasizing project definition, funding, project administration and coordination, marketing and property management of airside and landside facilities.
  • AVM 5103 Airport Operations
    Credit Hours: 3
    Addresses requirements, responsibilities and methods of major U.S. and international airports. Studies both FAA and ICAO standards regarding air- and land-side operations, operational safety, maintenance and construction, security and emergency preparedness. Requires a case study or research paper.
  • AVM 5104 Aviation Economics and Fiscal Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the fiscal management of airports (financial management, operating and capital budgeting, business relationships, capital funding sources and mechanisms) and selected financial issues of airlines and others in the aviation industry.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • AVM 5199 Advanced Aviation Management Internship
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides advanced management of, or research in, aviation-related operations or enterprises with approved industrial or governmental organizations. Requires a detailed written professional analysis of the experience.
    Requirement(s):
    Program chair approval
  • AVM 5998 Advanced Aviation Research Project
    Credit Hours: 3
    A capstone course requiring individual research into an aviation-related topic, issue or problem appropriate to the student's area of concentration. Conducted under the supervision of a graduate faculty member and culminates in a formal written and oral report.
    Requirement(s):
    Program chair approval
  • BUS 5411 Statistical Methods for Business
    Credit Hours: 3
    Students learn to apply statistical methods to compare, examine and estimate the outcome of various management options. Includes statistical estimation, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, ANOVA, correlation analysis, sampling, time-series, decision theory and use of SPSS.
  • BUS 5461 Production and Operations Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the translation of product and service requirements into facilities, procedures and operating organizations. Includes product design, production alternatives, facilities location and layout, resource requirements planning, quality control and project management. Uses live case analyses.
  • CVE 5072 Construction Contracts, Law and Specifications
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes liability, real property and water rights; environmental and comprehensive planning laws and requirements; evidence, expert witness, claims, disputes and arbitration; contract specifications and drawings; resolution of differences; change orders and contract modifications; and case studies.
  • CVE 5073 Construction Cost Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the application of cost engineering principles, and estimating within a project management framework in conjunction with scope definition, quality control, planning and scheduling, risk management and loss prevention techniques, local conditions, information and communications, and working relations with stakeholders.
Management Emphasis
Choose from:
  • AVM 5101 Legal and Ethical Issues in Aviation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Uses current issues as vehicles for study of the legal and moral concepts that influence developments in both national and international air law. Addresses legal and ethical considerations directly confronting the aviation professional through case studies.
  • AVM 5102 Airport Development
    Credit Hours: 3
    Addresses capital project development issues at airports, emphasizing project definition, funding, project administration and coordination, marketing and property management of airside and landside facilities.
  • AVM 5103 Airport Operations
    Credit Hours: 3
    Addresses requirements, responsibilities and methods of major U.S. and international airports. Studies both FAA and ICAO standards regarding air- and land-side operations, operational safety, maintenance and construction, security and emergency preparedness. Requires a case study or research paper.
  • AVM 5104 Aviation Economics and Fiscal Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the fiscal management of airports (financial management, operating and capital budgeting, business relationships, capital funding sources and mechanisms) and selected financial issues of airlines and others in the aviation industry.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • AVM 5199 Advanced Aviation Management Internship
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides advanced management of, or research in, aviation-related operations or enterprises with approved industrial or governmental organizations. Requires a detailed written professional analysis of the experience.
    Requirement(s):
    Program chair approval
  • AVM 5998 Advanced Aviation Research Project
    Credit Hours: 3
    A capstone course requiring individual research into an aviation-related topic, issue or problem appropriate to the student's area of concentration. Conducted under the supervision of a graduate faculty member and culminates in a formal written and oral report.
    Requirement(s):
    Program chair approval
  • AVS 5206 Aviation Security
    Credit Hours: 3
    Vigorously examines post-9/11 U.S. and global national security issues. Reviews selected aviation-related case studies in terrorism and hijacking to help identify contemporary and emerging threats.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • BUS 5411 Statistical Methods for Business
    Credit Hours: 3
    Students learn to apply statistical methods to compare, examine and estimate the outcome of various management options. Includes statistical estimation, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, ANOVA, correlation analysis, sampling, time-series, decision theory and use of SPSS.
  • BUS 5421 Managerial Economics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides an understanding of the microeconomic forces that influence firm decision-making. Includes competitive markets and market failure, benefit-cost analysis, demand estimation and forecasting, decision-making under risk and uncertainty, production and cost estimation, and market structure analysis.
  • BUS 5440 Financial Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the concepts and tools of corporate financial management and financial planning, including capital budgeting, capital structure and net working capital. Considers the importance of ethics in financial decision-making.
  • BUS 5455 Personnel Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys personnel management practices and procedures, including wage and salary considerations, employee benefits and incentives, and labor-management relations. Emphasizes the individual within the organization and the development of the human resource.