May 27, 2024  
2020-21 Graduate Catalog 
2020-21 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aeronautical Science, Aviation Management Concentration, M.S.

Paul Craig, Program Director
(615) 494-8637

The Department of Aerospace  offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in Aeronautical Science with concentrations in Aviation Education, Aviation Management, and Aviation Safety and Security Management.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions are based on a holistic assessment of an applicant’s credentials. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum 3.00 GPA. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) with an acceptable score (typically in the 50th percentile for the test selected) is required. Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional acquaintances and a personal statement are also required. The personal statement should be approximately 400 words and should outline the student’s academic interests, potential area(s) of research interest, and professional goals. Undergraduate transcripts must reflect 15 semester hours of aviation coursework. Applicants with undergraduate majors in fields other than aviation will be required to complete AERO 1010 and AERO 1020 during their first semester in the M.S. program and 9 additional hours of undergraduate aviation courses prior to the completion of 21 hours of graduate credit. Applicants holding Federal Aviation Administration certificates may receive credit for AERO 1010 and AERO 1020.

*NOTE: The entrance exams requirement may be waived by the department based on previous degree and GPA.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
  2. submit three letters of recommendation from professors or professionals that address the applicant’s potential to successfully complete an M.S. program in Aviation Administration.
  3. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) (may be waived by the department based on previous degree and GPA).
  4. submit official transcripts of all previous college work.
  5. submit personal statement.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Aeronautical Science with a concentration in Aviation Management requires completion of a minimum of 36 semester hours. Candidates must select the thesis or non-thesis option.

Candidate must

  1. successfully complete a written comprehensive examination (may be taken no more than twice) the semester in which the candidate intends to graduate;
  2. successfully complete a thesis or applied research capstone project.

Curriculum: Aeronautical Science, Aviation Management

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.

Thesis Option (36 hours)

Non-Thesis Option (36 hours)