The Master of Science in Aeronautics (MSA) degree is a comprehensive and unique advanced degree that combines theoretical and practical learning experiences to give students a blend of knowledge, skills, and abilities that will help them succeed in the aviation industry. 

Master of Science in
Aeronautics

Master of Science in Aeronautics

The Master of Science in Aeronautics (MSA) degree is a comprehensive and unique advanced degree that combines theoretical and practical learning experiences to give students a blend of knowledge, skills, and abilities that will help them succeed in the aviation industry.

This degree can help everyone from flight crew members, air-traffic control personnel, and aviation educators to enhance their knowledge and career. This broad-based degree program allows specializations in disciplines like Air Traffic Management, Aviation and Aerospace Operations or Management, and other unique areas.

The Master of Science in Aeronautics degree is housed in the College of Aviation.

Typical First Year

A typical first year will depend on a student’s prior experience and specialization but will likely include Required Undergraduate Foundation courses like Air Traffic Management I, MSA Core Requirements such as Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace, and other core courses.

Degree Details

This program consists of 36 credits, including core requirements of 15 credits, 9 credits from one of five specializations, and either a thesis or Graduate Capstone Project, plus electives.

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Introduction

The Master of Science in Aeronautics (MSA) degree program is designed to provide the aviation/aerospace professional with a rigorous academic approach to a generalist education-oriented degree. It provides an unequaled opportunity for pilot flight crewmembers, air traffic control personnel, flight operations specialists, meteorologists, industry technical representatives, and aviation educators to enhance their knowledge and pursue additional career opportunities.

Entry into the MSA program requires possession of an undergraduate foundation, with a minimum CGPA of 3.0, with coursework in the areas of college-level mathematics (including statistics), introduction to computers, economics, and behavioral science.

The MSA program consists of 36 credits. Students must complete the MSA core requirements consisting of 15 credits, and then complete the nine credits that make up the selected specialization in one of five areas: Air Traffic Management, Aviation/Aerospace Education Technology, Aviation/Aerospace Management, Aviation/Aerospace Operations, or Aviation Safety Management Systems. Students must also complete 12 credits of coursework that includes either a Thesis (six credits), or a Graduate Capstone Project (GCP) (three credits). MSA students can also complete courses leading to a multiple specializations. Additional specializations must be declared prior to the completion of the degree program. Students wishing to complete multiple specializations must have nine unduplicated credits in each of the specializations and a minimum of 36 credit hours in order to graduate.

Degree Requirements

Air Traffic Management Specialization

For students with no ATC experience or education.
Required Undergraduate Foundation
AT 200Air Traffic Basics I3
AT 302Air Traffic Basics II3
AT 305Introduction to Terminal Radar Operations3
AT 401Advanced Terminal Radar Operations3
MSA Core Requirements
Required Courses
MSA 524Introduction to the National Airspace System (NAS)3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 672Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 674Project Management in Aviation Aerospace3
Specialization Requirements
Required Course
MSA 520Introduction to Air Traffic Control Tower3
MSA 617En route Radar Operations3
MSA 618En route Non-Radar Operations3
Electives
Select one of the following options:12
Option I
MSA 691
Graduate Capstone Research Project
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Option II
MSA 700
Thesis
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Total Credits48

Aviation/Aerospace Education Technology Specialization

MSA Core Requirements
Required Courses
MSA 524Introduction to the National Airspace System (NAS)3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 672Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 674Project Management in Aviation Aerospace3
Specialization Requirements
Select three of the following:9
MSA 514
Computer Based Instruction
MSA 515
Aviation/Aerospace Simulation Systems
MSA 518
Online Learning Environment
MSA 550
Aviation Education Foundations
MSA 614
Advanced Aviation/Aerospace Curriculum Development
MSA 654
Adult Teaching and Learning Techniques
Electives
Select one of the following options:12
Option I
MSA 691
Graduate Capstone Research Project
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Option II
MSA 700
Thesis
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Total Credits36

Aviation/Aerospace Management Specialization

MSA Core Requirements
Required Courses
MSA 524Introduction to the National Airspace System (NAS)3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 672Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 674Project Management in Aviation Aerospace3
Specialization Requirements
Select three of the following:9
MSA 508
Advanced Airport Modeling
MSA 609
Aircraft Maintenance Management
MSA 611
Aviation/Aerospace System Safety
MSA 612
Safety Program Management
MSA 616
Air Traffic Management Leadership and Critical Decision Making
MSA 627
Air Traffic Management in the NAS
MSA 636
Advanced Aviation/Aerospace Planning Systems
MSA 641
Production and Procurement Management in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry
MSA 644
Integrated Logistics Support in Aviation/Aerospace
Note: BA courses may be selected with permission of the Program Coordinator.
Electives
Select one of the following options:12
Option I
MSA 691
Graduate Capstone Research Project
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Option II
MSA 700
Thesis
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Total Credits36

(At least 18 credits must be MSA courses)

Aviation/Aerospace Operations Specialization

MSA Core Requirements
Required Courses
MSA 524Introduction to the National Airspace System (NAS)3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 672Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 674Project Management in Aviation Aerospace3
Specialization Requirement
Select three of the following:9
MSA 508
Advanced Airport Modeling
MSA 515
Aviation/Aerospace Simulation Systems
MSA 516
Applications in Crew Resource Management
MSA 608
Aviation/Aerospace Accident Investigation and Safety Systems
MSA 620
Air Carrier Operations
MSA 622
Corporate Aviation Operations
Note: BA Courses may be selected with permission of the Program Coordinator.
Electives
Select one of the following options:12
Option I
MSA 691
Graduate Capstone Research Project
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Option II
MSA 700
Thesis
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Total Credits36

Aviation Safety Management Systems Specialization

MSA Core Requirements
Required Courses
MSA 524Introduction to the National Airspace System (NAS)3
MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 672Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 674Project Management in Aviation Aerospace3
Specialization Requirement
Select three of the following:9
MSA 508
Advanced Airport Modeling
MSA 608
Aviation/Aerospace Accident Investigation and Safety Systems
MSA 610
Applied Aviation Safety Programs
MSA 611
Aviation/Aerospace System Safety
MSA 612
Safety Program Management
MSA 613
Airport Operations Safety
Electives
Select one of the following options:12
Option I
MSA 691
Graduate Capstone Research Project
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Option II
MSA 700
Thesis
MSA/BA Electives (500-600 Level)
Total Credits36
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