Embry-Riddle: Aviation at the Highest Level

At the nation’s largest, oldest and most comprehensive aeronautical university, an aviation-related degree program at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus prepares you for the challenges of the aerospace industry today and the opportunities it presents for the future.

flight students take off and fly in a Cessna 172

Our comprehensive and proven degree paths provide the perfect launching pad for pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, operations professionals and business leaders, all of whom are vital to ensuring the world continues connecting through the miracle of flight.

The expert faculty at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach helps set the standard for safety and innovation in flight training and also is continually involved with the formation of national and international aviation policy. Many of them conduct groundbreaking research and all have deep connections to the industry, which offer you a competitive edge in the job market.

Our students also benefit from hands-on learning in new, expertly maintained aircraft equipped with glass cockpits, along with leading-edge labs that replicate the nation’s airspace, state-of-the-art maintenance and avionics repair facilities, and unrivaled aviation simulation centers that showcase the latest in training technology, including extended reality training that offers a fast route to the flight deck.

What are Aviation degrees?

Aviation degrees take you beyond learning to fly or becoming a maintenance technician, providing vital skills and experience that can propel you to the highest level in aviation and aerospace. Our programs led directly to careers that offer excitement and opportunities to continue your growth and advancement.

Where can I work with an Aviation degree from Embry-Riddle?

Our graduates work in every area of aviation and aerospace. Depending on the path you choose, you can work in airport operations, as an airline or uncrewed aircraft pilot, or in the rapidly growing commercial space industry.

Students who want the highest level in aviation education choose the world’s best aviation and aerospace university. That’s Embry-Riddle.

What are the Aviation degree programs at the Daytona Beach Campus?

We offer respected bachelor’s degree programs in Aeronautical Science, Aeronautics, Aerospace and Occupational Safety, Aerospace Engineering, Aerospace Physiology, Air Traffic Management, Aviation Business Administration, Aviation Maintenance Science, Global Conflict Studies, Homeland Security and Intelligence, Interdisciplinary Studies, Meteorology and Unmanned Aircraft Systems, along with master’s degrees in Aerospace Business Analytics, Aerospace Engineering, Aviation, Business Administration in Aviation Management, Occupational Safety Management, Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Engineering, and Unmanned Systems.

Those offerings are complemented by doctoral programs in Aerospace Engineering, Aviation and Aviation Business Administration, an associate degree in Aviation Maintenance Science, and certificate programs for ISTAT and Aircraft Dispatchers.

Aviation Degrees & Programs at the Daytona Beach Campus

At Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, you’ll study among fellow students and faculty who share your aviation passion, exploring all facets of the industry in an atmosphere that empowers success and features the latest in training technology.

Regardless of which aspect of flight you’re most interested in, Embry-Riddle offers a degree for you. Our diverse programs span from associate to doctorate degrees and feature a variety of learning environments, ranging from in-class to online. We accommodate full-time students, working professionals and military personnel.

Learn more about how an aviation degree from Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus can help you launch a next-level career.

Career Outlook

The demand for pilots and aviation professionals in every area is predicted to continue its explosive global growth. Boeing forecasts there will be 763,000 new pilot jobs opening up worldwide in the next 20 years, and the company also anticipates a need for 739,000 maintenance technicians in the next 20 years.

Increasing global security threats require additional personnel in aviation security. As unmanned aviation expands, demand for professionals is on the rise. It’s clear that opportunities abound in the flight industry.

As the number of daily flights throughout the world increases, the need for educated and trained personnel expands in every facet of aviation. This is a growth sector in an age when many sectors of the world’s economies are shrinking or shifting.

A degree is an essential steppingstone to reach your aviation-related career goals, and Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus is positioned to connect you to our network of leading aerospace companies, as well as to air carriers throughout the world.

As a graduate, you’ll join a family of more than 150,000 alumni globally who recognize the value of an Embry-Riddle education.

Boeing forecasts 899,000 New Cabin Crew, 602,000 New Commercial Pilots and 610,000 New Technicians.

The 2022 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook predicts strong growth in the aviation industry through 2041.

Source: The Boeing Company


Our faculty and students are actively involved in aviation-related research. Read about how they’re positively impacting the industry in some recent projects below.

Learning Environments at the Daytona Beach Campus

With state-of-the-art labs, advanced flight training devices, an unparalleled fleet of aircraft and renowned faculty, Embry-Riddle is committed to providing unmatched aviation facilities to support your academic experience.

aviation maintenance lab

Daytona Beach, FL Campus

  • Daytona Beach students have access to a number of noteworthy facilities. The campus is home to the country’s first Unmanned Aircraft Lab, used to examine ways to optimize airspace for both manned and unmanned craft.
  • Air Traffic Control students can hone their skills in labs that emulate the En Route, Terminal Radar and Control Tower domains.
  • Aviation Maintenance students learn through direct training in eight dedicated labs that correspond with the Airframe and Powerplant program.
  • Students also have access to a state-of-the-art Weather Research Center, a Media Broadcasting Lab and an expanding Aircraft Accident Forensics Lab known as the Crash Lab.
  • As future pilots, Aeronautical Science students train using industry-standard flight simulators and aircraft.

The Daytona Beach Campus boasts an impressive fleet of aircraft that includes Cessna 172 Skyhawks and Diamond DA42-VIs. Students use some of the most advanced flight training devices, such as the FAA Level D CRJ full-motion, full-flight simulator, to prepare for flight careers.