Ph.D. in
Aviation Business Administration

People participate in aviation business administration presentation.

Global companies like Boeing have predicted the need for more than 38,000 airplanes over the next 20 years. This need is driven by factors such as service to new global markets, fleet updates and maintenance and growth in both passenger and air cargo traffic. Now, more than ever, organizations are relying on research and data to drive smart business decisions.

As the first doctorate in the U.S. to focus on the business aspects of the aviation industry, the Ph.D. in Aviation Business Administration at Embry-Riddle is designed for advanced aviation and business students and professionals looking to fully develop a multi-disciplinary understanding of aviation business. By complementing existing knowledge, doctoral students will deeply examine aspects of technology, policy and globalization that impact aviation business decisions.

Your Investment

Embry-Riddle knows that your personal life and your schedule play a huge role in your educational success. The flexibility of the Ph.D. in Aviation Business Administration lets you study on your time. You can maintain your busy schedule while pursuing your degree. Coursework is delivered online and in a live, virtual classroom environment.* Program duration varies by individual. However, students who enroll in six credit hours a semester can expect to graduate from the 60-credit-hour program in four years.

*Every year, students are required to spend one week in Daytona Beach, Fla. The 2017 Residency dates are Aug. 14 to 18.

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Financing options may include private lenders, federal financial aid and loans.Veterans may be eligible for benefits through U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Embry-Riddle also offers payment plans.

Your Future

Earning a Ph.D. is a serious investment of time, money and resources that can yield immeasurable returns. Studying under distinguished faculty who are experts in their disciplines, students will graduate with a strong research foundation that can be applied in a variety of settings. These interest areas may include academia, policy, technology, global aviation and government. Throughout your Ph.D. journey, you’ll gain a new appreciation for aviation business administration and become well positioned to make meaningful contributions to the future of aviation. 

Your Checklist

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration or closely related discipline.
  • Superior academic records, as determined by the College of Business Doctoral Degree Program committee.
  • Recent (within past five years) Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on both quantitative and verbal sections.
  • International applicants who have not graduated from an English educational system within the last two years or for whom English is not the primary language must submit official TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge scores. The preferred scores for admissions are as follows: TOEFL - 213 (computer based), 550 (paper based), or 79 (IBT-Internet based); IELTS - 6.0; and Cambridge – 170.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (Recommendation Request Form)
  • Resume with detailed education and work experience.
  • Statement of research interest in an aviation business discipline (see list of research seminars).
  • Complete application package including statement of purpose, official transcripts and Foreign Credential Evaluation for all schools outside of the U.S

Transcripts and test scores must be officially sent from the institution or testing service to: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, International and Graduate Admissions, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900. Educational Testing Service (ETS) should send GMAT or GRE scores to Embry-Riddle at school code 5190. All other documents can be emailed to Please send documents in PDF format.

Learn more about the Ph.D. in Aviation Business Administration in the Daytona Beach Campus catalog.

Your Contact

Program Coordinator Massoud Bazargan, Ph.D.,, (386) 226-6705

The United States aviation industry has been a dominant force in terms of generating revenue, employment, know-how and exports. Aerospace industry sales of aircraft, space products, parts and services totaled well-over $200 billion in 2013.

Source: Aerospace Industries Association

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