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Airport Development and Management, M.S.A.

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Major Code: 8214 Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Aviation
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Admission Status: Graduate
Admission Materials: Letters of recommendation, résumé/CV, objectives, transcripts Location(s): Main campus - Melbourne

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 under Graduate Academic Information .

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Aviation – Airport Development and Management is conferred on students completing the selected degree requirements as specified below, and a final program examination as required by graduate policy.


The Master of Science in Aviation – Airport Development and Management requires the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours. Students have the option of either a thesis program of study, or a nonthesis program of study that includes a final program examination with a management or development emphasis.

Summary of Program Requirements

  • Core requirements credit hours: 15
  • Thesis (6 credit hours of thesis and 9 credit hours of additional coursework) credit hours: 15
  • Nonthesis (15 credit hours of additional coursework and the final program examination) credit hours: 15

Thesis Requirements

  • Core requirements credit hours: 15
  • credit hours: 6
  • Additional coursework credit hours: 9

Nonthesis Requirements

Typical Nonthesis Graduate Program Plans

Total Credits Required: 30

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