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Department of Graduate Studies


Research is the core of what we do in the Department of Aeronautics, Graduate Studies, and it filters down into the programs and individual subjects. The Department is responsible for three degree programs — Master of Aeronautical Science (MAS), Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management (MSOSM), and Master of Science in Unmanned Systems (MSUS).

The Department’s 18 full-time faculty members, combining for more than 320 years of University teaching experience, provide invaluable insight as experienced maintainers, designers, air traffic controllers, pilots, safety specialists, and human factor experts.

Our adjuncts are some of the most experienced academic and industrial people in the industry. Our faculty have published widely and internationally in Conferences, Journals, and commercial work and research.

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Master of Aeronautical Science

The MAS is the largest graduate program at Embry-Riddle, having more than 3,500 students. The oldest master’s degree offered by Worldwide, the MAS graduates an average of more than 700 students per year. Students can specialize in a variety of subjects, including:

  • Aeronautics
  • Aviation/aerospace education technology
  • Aviation/aerospace management
  • Aviation/aerospace operations
  • Aviation/aerospace safety systems
  • Human factors in aviation systems
  • Unmanned aircraft systems
  • Space studies
  • Space operations management

The wide range of options and the ease of course attendance makes the MAS an attractive degree for students with backgrounds as engineers, managers, pilots, air carrier personnel, individuals involved in general aviation, or military personnel. Graduates gain employment at a variety of aviation/aerospace companies or gain the skills to move up to more lucrative positions with their current employer.

The name recognition of the university coupled with the quality curriculum makes the MAS the premier graduate program of its kind.

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Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management

A recent study commissioned by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health indicates that trained and educated safety professionals are needed today and will be for years. The MSOSM addresses those needs in aviation and aerospace and beyond, including the military, government, manufacturing and numerous other occupational and industrial organizations.

After completing the MSOSM, students will be prepared to take a leadership position in the occupational safety and health field or will be able to advance their professional status in the field.

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Master of Science in Unmanned Systems

The Master of Science in Unmanned Systems examines the application, development and management of unmanned systems and addresses issues including regulation; systems design; policy and ethics; education and training; and human performance and machine interaction

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