Ph.D. in
Aviation Business Administration

Aviation is among the top exports in the world today. The United States exports $83-plus billion in aviation/aerospace trade, 70 percent of which is for the civilian market*. The Embry-Riddle Ph.D. in Aviation Business Administration program allows highly qualified students and professionals from diverse backgrounds and aviation career paths to immerse themselves in this high-powered world of aviation business.

As the first Ph.D. program to focus on the business aspects of the aviation industry, this degree is designed to educate students and professionals in conducting state-of-the-art research in all areas of this important field of study.

The program has been designed to accommodate working professionals who seek to advance their knowledge and conduct high-quality research in aviation business while being employed. It’s designed to be a rewarding program for industry, military and government professionals with academic credentials, high potential, and a passion for aviation business research.

The flexible, mainly off-campus and hybrid delivery of this program enables students to continue their profession while pursuing their doctoral degrees. Domestic or international students with a prior Master’s degree in a related business are eligible to be accepted into the Ph.D. program in both hybrid and traditional residential modes.

The Ph.D. in Aviation Business Administration is a 60-credit hour program that can be completed in as few as three years, depending on the pace of study. The curriculum is designed to challenge students’ knowledge and test their industry experience as they gain valuable insight into research methods and more.

The research portion of this program will be conducted under the guidance of faculty who are experienced aviation researchers with numerous published works.

Students are required to complete a one-week residency per year independent of their level or stage in the Ph.D. program. The residencies are scheduled during mid-August and are approximately one week long (Monday-Friday).

*Read more about this in the Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration report, “Leading Indicators for the U.S. Aerospace Industry,” August 2013.


About Aviation Business Administration at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

The Ph.D. in Aviation Business Administration program in the College of Business at ERAU takes place as part of the world’s largest aviation-oriented university. ERAU’s Daytona Beach Campus has extensive experience in graduate education and cutting-edge research.

The 60 required credit hours can be completed in as few as three years and are spread over aviation business core classes, research methods and quantitative models, electives, and a Ph.D. thesis.

Highlights of applicant requirements for the Ph.D. program in Aviation Business Administration include:

  • A completed master’s degree in Business Administration or closely related discipline.
  • Superior academic records as determined by the College of Business Doctoral Degree Program committee.
  • A requirement to have taken either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the last five years and acceptable scores on both quantitative and verbal sections as determined by the Doctoral Degree Program committee.

This is an online program with one-week residencies at ERAU’s Daytona Beach Campus for additional interaction and networking among students and professors. Students are required to complete a one-week residency per year.

The Daytona Beach Campus features a nearby Eagle Flight Research Center, a 10,000-square-foot hangar with convenient runway access at the international airport, in addition to research, instructional, and administrative space. So students get the chance to participate in real-world, hands-on projects.

ERAU’s Daytona Beach Campus offers advanced laboratory and software resources to facilitate research studies and teaching opportunities:

  • Applied Aviation Simulation Lab: Established in 2006 after several successful simulation projects for the airline and aviation industries, this lab has been utilized to develop diverse research projects for airlines, airports, and the aviation industry.
  • Airline Solutions Lab: Sabre, the leading provider of software solutions for the airline industry, provided ERAU with access to their planning and scheduling software in 2012. At that time ERAU purchased two powerful servers for these programs and is now in the process of acquiring additional resources from other leading airline and aviation software providers including Amadeus, Jeppesen, and Lufthansa Systems.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Lab: RFID technologies have rapidly become an integral business tool, with applications that range from product inventory to personnel security and access. The lab has been utilized for training events with successful results. 

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