Fields of Study

Embry-Riddle Advantage

Smooth business operations are essential to the success of every industry, including aviation and aerospace. Embry-Riddle offers business degree programs specifically for these industries while providing a solid foundation that can apply to any business application, including entrepreneurship.

Business students at Embry-Riddle benefit from a globally connected network that encompasses fellow students, experienced faculty, and alumni from top companies that regularly recruit our students for internships and career positions. 

Each semester, Embry-Riddle students are selected for internships with prestigious employers, and many business students travel to Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East to study abroad.

Our business faculty have authored leading textbooks for aviation-related courses, served as consultants for airlines, and worked with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on programs and projects.​

Business Field of Study at EMbry-Riddle Aeronautical University

They are all experts in their disciplines and stay engaged to ensure that curricula remain relevant.

In addition to learning a broad range of business fundamentals, students work on group projects, conduct off-site consulting using industry-specific software, and are invited to join business organizations and events. With our online educational opportunities and more than 135 Worldwide locations, students have the flexibility to learn at a campus near them or in their own home.

Since Embry-Riddle is an aviation education leader, aviation employers actively seek our business graduates. However, our reputation also extends beyond aviation and aerospace industries.

Degrees & Programs

Whether you are nearing high school graduation, mid-career, or seeking a new role, Embry-Riddle has business degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels that can propel your career.

Learn business administration with an aviation and aerospace perspective whether your interest is in finance, marketing, management, emergency services, logistics, or global business. 

Embry-Riddle is uniquely positioned to offer business courses that are relevant to these industries but are also applicable to any field. We feature diverse modes of learning allowing you to successfully earn your degree, even if you are employed. 

On campus, online, or in a classroom, Embry-Riddle delivers a first-class business education. Peruse the programs to discover which degree matches your business goals.

Career Outlook

What are the benefits of learning business as it relates to the aerospace and aviation industries? While earning an MBA or  general business degree is valuable for your career, Embry-Riddle offers the opportunity to specialize in a growing and profitable industry.

The dynamic, exciting fields of aviation and aerospace offer a variety of career opportunities for business professionals. Aviation and aerospace represent the largest industry in the U.S. economy (if agriculture products are not aggregated) with no indication of slowing down.

By very definition, aviation and aerospace are “out of this world” and offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Whether you are interested in or already employed within this field, Embry-Riddle allows you to immerse yourself in the aviation and aerospace industry. 

The list of potential career paths is endless, with multiple areas of focus to choose from. You may work for an airline as a revenue analyst or marketing director, or become a financial analyst, contracts analyst, or project manager for a corporation like The Boeing Company or Lockheed Martin. Your MBAA can also lead to a world of non-aviation opportunities at some of the nation's largest and most successful companies.

23 percent projected growth for Market Research Analysts

23% projected growth for market research analysts

(2016-26, U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics)

Salaries in this field are quite diverse depending on the profession and your level of education. For example, the average salary for supply managers with a master’s degree is $128,127 compared to $95,931 for those with a bachelor’s degree.


Business faculty and students at the Daytona Beach, Prescott, and Worldwide campuses are actively engaged in research in an effort to better understand how to improve business practices and efficiency within the aviation and aerospace industries.

When AirTran Airways (now a subsidiary of Southwest Airlines) wanted to investigate the feasibility of purchasing tow vehicles (super-tugs) to move its aircraft from the terminals to its hangar facilities and back at Atlanta’s Hartfield-Jackson International Airport, the airline came to Embry-Riddle. Using simulation designed for this study, students and faculty conducted a cost benefits analysis to demonstrate potential jet fuel savings and other considerations. The company was able to use the findings in their decision making at the highest level.

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Complex Adaptive Leadership

The goal of this research project is to develop the theoretical underpinnings for a practical and executable model of Complex Adaptive Leadership grounded in theory. We will continue to conduct research within aviation and aerospace firms as well as the military to determine the strength of the relationships between Complex Adaptive Leadership competencies and superior performance in today’s increasingly complex environment.

Challenges facing Small to Medium Aerospace Manufacturers

Challenges Facing Small to Medium Aerospace Manufacturers

Recent research conducted by the Center for Aviation & Aerospace Leadership indicates that the core of America’s aerospace supply base is declining and may be reaching a tipping point that could threaten the viability of the United States industry as we know it. The study explores this issue in more detail and highlights the challenges facing small to medium manufacturers as well as success stories that illustrate what innovative firms are doing. 

Aeronautics SMB Leadership Study

Aeronautics SMB Leadership Study

The purpose of this research project is to examine and understand key factors that contribute to the success of small- to medium-size aerospace manufacturers. The objective is to identify key success factors that are predictive in nature for small- to medium-size manufacturing companies to become successful in the aerospace sector. Research methods are qualitative and mixed methods.

Learning Environments

Through the state-of-the-art Embry-Riddle facilities, business students have access to industry technology and apply their knowledge right away.

Crash Lab

Daytona Beach, FL Campus

Research Programs at this campus

  • The David B. O'Maley College of Business at the Daytona Beach Campus occupies a dedicated building housing high-tech classrooms, computer labs, and advanced equipment that students need to gain direct experience. It is home to the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Lab, which has applications in inventory and airline baggage tracking.
  • The Collaborative Decision-Making Room can be used to simulate labor relations negotiations or for examining sales techniques.
  • The Marketing Focus Room, featuring a one-way observation mirror, has been designed for consumer product testing, evaluating advertising effectiveness, and for projects that involve observing and recording of the responses of individuals or small groups.
  • The Sabre Lab teaches students about airline planning and scheduling using the leading software solutions provider for the airline industry.

College of Business at Embry-Riddle Prescott

Prescott, AZ Campus

Research Programs at this campus

  • Business students attending the Prescott Campus enjoy high-tech classrooms and small class sizes. The Academic Complex, called AC1, is the main classroom building, with learning space, labs, and two lecture halls. Prescott students also take their education beyond the classroom. Whether it’s a trip to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to experience the launch of a new airline or working remotely with a real client to solve a real-world problem, hands-on projects prepare students to be confident business leaders.
  • Phi Beta Lambda, one of the premier international student business organizations, participates annually in a statewide leadership competition and has won the top prize for nine consecutive years in a field that includes large universities with groups whose members significantly outnumber Embry-Riddle’s team.
  • Embry-Riddle Worldwide operates more than 135 campus locations across the globe. We deliver a quality academic experience by expert faculty educators with hands-on industry experience in our three academic colleges and Online Campus. Flexible scheduling and locations close to home are specifically suited for busy working professionals, active-duty military and veterans, and students with families.
  • EagleVision, a virtual classroom, combines the power of web video conferencing and learning management system software to maximize the benefits of synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning environments.
  • ERAU Worldwide’s business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).