MS in Aviation and Aerospace Management Online

Purdue Polytechnic Institute Center for Professional Studies in Technology and Applied Research (ProSTAR)

Program Description

MS in Aviation and Aerospace Management Online

Purdue Polytechnic Institute Center for Professional Studies in Technology and Applied Research (ProSTAR)

Purdue Polytechnic Institute

If you’re looking to advance within the challenging, specialized world of aviation, Purdue’s MS in Aviation and Aerospace Management will help you develop essential leadership skills. Taught by professors with distinguished educational backgrounds and work experience in civilian aviation, military aviation and governmental roles, our industry-specific courses will prepare you for numerous aviation management roles.

This program is 100% online, so you can get your degree at your own pace, from anywhere in the world, choosing times for class work and study that fit your lifestyle. Courses are offered in a rolling format that allows you to complete the 30 required credit hours in 11 months to 5 years, with professors available online or by phone to assist.

Program highlights

  • Master technical & statistical tools for decision-making
  • Develop analytic & problem-solving skills applicable to aviation-related careers
  • Understand & apply the latest technology in aviation
  • Complete a case study capstone project specific to your career, applying what you’ve learned to a real-life situation

Sample course topics

  • Human error and safety
  • Measurement and evaluation
  • Management and design of instructional systems
  • Critical systems thinking
  • Operational assessment and improvement
  • Aviation Leadership
  • Transportation Security
  • Resource analysis and optimization

This degree has been of interest to these professionals

  • Commercial Pilot/Captain
  • Military Pilots/ Instructor
  • Corporate Pilot
  • Engineers/Managers with Aircraft Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Aviation Consultants
  • Transportation Systems Specialist
  • Aircraft Mechanic Supervisor
  • Marshall / Lawyer
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Airport Security & Safety Manager
  • Airport Manager
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Aviation Meteorologist
  • President/Owner Private Aviation Business

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to The Purdue Graduate School and Purdue Polytechnic Institute you are required to have obtained a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. Your GPA for the last completed degree must be above a 3.00 on a scale of 4.00. (If you did not obtain a 3.00, please contact ProSTAR to discuss conditional admittance.)

How to Apply

Start by reviewing these application tips to walk through the process, then put together your application packet:

  • Completed electronic application form*
  • Statement of purpose (300-500 words) highlighting:
  • Your career objectives
  • Why you’re interested in graduate study
  • How a graduate degree will help you attain your career objectives
  • Your professional plans and applied research interest
  • Elaboration on any special abilities, awards, achievements, scholarly publications and professional history
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from your current employer if possible
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning**
  • Resume showing your work history***
  • GRE/GMAT is not required
  • All Purdue Polytechnic Center for Professional Studies' weekend and distance education programs are listed on the Graduate School website at the West Lafayette campus under (campus) West Lafayette > (major) Aviation Technology > (Area of Interest) Aviation and Aerospace Management (online). Choose "Distance (online or off-campus location)" as the COURSE DELIVERY.

** You must possess a baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. (If you don’t have a 3.00 GPA, please contact us to discuss admission alternatives.)

Plan of Study

Below are typical MS in Aviation and Aerospace Management courses offered on a rolling format that lets you progress through the program at your own pace. We'll work with you to establish your individual plan of study.

Fall semester offerings

  • International Civil Aviation Regulatory Systems : Provides extensive multi-modal transportation security experience. Students will receive detailed information on air, maritime, rail, mass transit, trucking and oil pipeline security programs, as well as applicable threat mitigation processes. Research will be conducted on emerging international aviation issues. (3 credits)
  • Quality & Productivity in Industry & Technology: Examines the contemporary issues of continuous improvement in quality and productivity in manufacturing and service industries. Includes a close examination of the evolving philosophies' bearing on the scope, improvement and costs of quality assurance programs in industry and technology. (3 credits)
  • Human Error: Explores the definition and nature of human error, error chains and casual factors in error generation. Error taxonomies will provide a classification scheme for grouping errors and assessing error criticality. Methods for assessing risk and predicting error generation potentials will be investigated. Accident and incident case studies will be utilized throughout the course to illustrate course concepts. (3 credits)
  • Research Methods in Aviation: Explores the practical approach to research as it applies to identifying and analyzing problems in aviation industry settings. Such problems and issues often require a diversity of research skills to effectively address dynamic problems in complex and often high-risk work environments. The course offers an overview of mixed research methods that lend themselves well to practical problem solving. Also offered in Summer. (3 credits)

Summer semester offerings

  • Operational Assessment & Improvement: This course focuses on developing the skills needed to analyze, formulate and apply pragmatic techniques for work task improvement. Concepts to be studied will include the enhancement of workflow structure, critical sequence element streamlining and value-added analysis development. (3 credits)
  • Research Methods in Aviation: Explores the practical approach to research as it applies to identifying and analyzing problems in aviation industry settings. Such problems and issues often require a diversity of research skills to effectively address dynamic problems in complex and often high-risk work environments. The course offers an overview of mixed research methods that lend themselves well to practical problem solving. Also offered in Fall. (3 credits).
  • Measurement & Evaluation in Industry & Technology: Presents an introduction to measurement strategies in an industrial and human resource environment. The evaluation of measurement outcomes will be the primary focus. Using statistical concepts appropriate for industrial environments, the role of the manager in planning and conducting effective research will be presented. (3 credits)

Spring semester offerings

  • Management and Design of Training Systems: Examines practical applications of managing the training process in industry and educational settings, including the development of instructional materials from an adult learner viewpoint. Students will design an instructional program using established management training models. Curriculum design using various forms of media and delivery strategies will be emphasized. (3 credits)
  • Measurement & Evaluation in Industry & Technology: Presents an introduction to measurement strategies in an industrial and human resource environment. The evaluation of measurement outcomes will be the primary focus. Using statistical concepts appropriate for industrial environments, the role of the manager in planning and conducting effective research will be presented. (3 credits)
  • Resource Analysis and Optimization: Develops the skills to analyze, formulate and apply techniques for work task improvement. Concepts include work flow enhancement, critical element streamlining, and value added analysis. (3 credits)
  • Aviation Leadership: Using foundational readings, case studies, and critical analysis techniques, the contribution of past and contemporary aviation leaders will be reviewed. (3 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Transportation Security: Provides extensive multi-modal transportation security experience. Discussion will cover air, maritime, rail, mass transit, trucking and oil pipeline security programs as well as applicable threat mitigations. (3 credits)

Capstone Project: The Capstone is a culminating educational event that requires the student to use the collective knowledge and skills that have been acquired during the course of the program. Specifically, the Capstone is an opportunity to select an aviation business problem or issue (possibly tied to your own company), which is then analyzed, corrected and documented in a structured scholarly paper. This is available during fall and summer semesters. (3 credits)

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 23, 2017
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11 months
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