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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 five degree programs — Master of Science in Aeronautics (MSA), Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management (MSOSM), Master of Science in Unmanned Systems (MSUS), Master of Aviation Maintenance, and the Master of Science in Human Factors (MSHF).

The Department’s faculty members combine for decades 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 Science in Aeronautics

The MSA 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 MSA 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 MSA 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 Human Factors

The MS in Human Factors is an online program tailored to working professionals who want to better understand the interrelationship between human performance and technology. The degree is focused on application, development, and leadership in a wide variety of industries concerned with human performance, system design and safety.

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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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Master of Aviation Maintenance

The Master of Aviation Maintenance (MAM) degree program is designed to provide Embry-Riddle Worldwide students with the knowledge and skills to function as competent supervisors and managers of aviation maintenance programs in a dynamic and highly complex aviation global industry.

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