Aviation Master's Degree

aviation masters degree

The information below is a summary of the aviation master’s degree requirements in the graduate education catalog. For more information on core courses and track requirements, please view the Master’s in Aviation Coursework document.


The Department of Aviation offers a Master of Science degree with a focus in Aviation. With a program length of 32 credit-hours, the Master’s in Aviation offers students a comprehensive set of courses intended to deepen their understanding and ability to be successful in aviation and other high-consequence organizations. One distinct advantage of this program includes the ability to complete all requirements via distance education (online). Leveraging the vast resources of Saint Louis University’s web presence, students work closely with aviation faculty via the Internet to develop a strong working relationship. Students interact with each other via virtual classrooms and course level webpages designed to maximize interaction and discussion.

Aviation Master’s Degree Requirements

  • 32 credit hours of graduate-level work (NOTE: All Aviation graduate courses are only offered exclusively online)
  • Graduate-level Co-Op or Internship - This experience is intended to bridge the student’s coursework experience with the profession. Generally, those individuals working in industry are able to use their current employment to meet internship requirements.
  • Comprehensive examination

Once a student completes all course requirements and an internship, a comprehensive examination is administered. The examination typically consists of three open-ended questions developed by the student in consultation with his or her advisor covering the core of the students program. Two additional faculty members are identified, and with the advisor, serve as domain experts for the examination. These faculty develop three follow-up questions, related to the original questions proposed by the student. The student is allowed three hours to complete the six question examination.

Aviation Master’s Degree Plan

The Master’s in Aviation provides a competitive and rigorous program that prepares professionals to excel in one of three areas of professional pilot development:

  1. Aviation Safety
    Aviation safety continues to be the highest priority for any organization engaged in flight activities. The Aviation Safety track provides complements the aviation core by providing additional coursework surrounding the management of aviation safety programs. Additionally, coursework in human factors and accident investigation provides the aviation safety professional with a comprehensive knowledge and how to apply lessons-learned in the operational environment. Rounding out the Aviation Safety track, the Aviation Security Management course introduces the student to the tools used to address established and emerging threats in aviation. 
  2. Flight Operations Management
    The Flight Operations Administration track is well-suited for pilots and other aviation professionals possessing an interest in how organizations plan and manage flight and aircraft maintenance activities. With a foundation in economics and administration, the Flight Operations Administration track provides students the necessary tools to manage flight operations in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Since flight operations occur within both public and private systems, coursework examining both regulatory requirements and public policy complete this concentration. 
  3. Collegiate Flight Programs
    The Collegiate Flight Education track is ideal for those individuals desiring a career in university-level aviation programs or within the professional flight training environment. With coursework that synthesizes the understanding of learning with training methodologies and practices, the Collegiate Flight Education track imparts on graduates the nuances associated with training versus education. Culminating in coursework intended to provide graduates with the skills necessary to develop aviation education and training programs, the Collegiate Flight Education track provides the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) an ideal curriculum, preparing them for leadership roles in the flight training and education environment as well as an excellent foundation for those individuals considering a PhD. 

These three tracks share a common core and each track provides an internship experience tailored to individual career goals and requirements.



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