Ph.D. in

The mission of the Ph.D. in Aviation program is to produce outstanding scholars for careers in research and teaching in the aviation field. At Embry-Riddle, Ph.D. in Aviation students take part in a rigorous, research-driven program that pushes them to their greatest potential. The Embry-Riddle Ph.D. in Aviation program allows highly qualified students and professionals from diverse backgrounds and aviation career paths to immerse themselves in this high-powered world of aviation.

As the nation’s first Ph.D. program in Aviation, 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, extending the aviation body of knowledge. 

Your academic journey will focus on building skills and foundational knowledge to conduct research. Three areas of specialization are offered:

  • Aviation Safety and Human Factors
  • Operations
  • Interdisciplinary Studies.

The program has been designed to accommodate working professionals who seek to advance their knowledge and conduct high-quality research in aviation while being employed; the flexible, mainly off-campus and hybrid delivery of this program enables students to continue professional careers while pursuing doctoral education.

The program consists of 60 credit hours above a Master’s degree, 36 of which will come from online courses designed to provide Ph.D. students with aviation knowledge in their selected specialization with 18 credit hours earned completing the dissertation, an extensive, real-world research project.

Program faculty come from all three ERAU campuses — Daytona Beach, Prescott, and Worldwide. These nationally and internationally recognized scholars have extensive teaching, research, and publication records within their disciplines.

Students are required to complete a minimum of three week-long Residency seminars at the Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach campus during the first three years in the program.

Deadline for applications to the program is February 1 for admission the following August. The application package is considered an indication of your ability to perform in a challenging, professional environment. It should be carefully and thoroughly prepared.


About Aviation at the Worldwide & Online Campus

You’ve earned your bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but you desire more. To take your education to an even higher level, Embry-Riddle offers a Ph.D. in Aviation. The first Ph.D. in aviation offered in the United States, this innovative program is designed to prepare students like you with cognitive research skills necessary to solve acute problems facing the field of aviation, and to advance the discipline.

Through the Ph.D. program, aviation professionals get the chance to pursue the discipline in a diverse, intellectually versatile, multidisciplinary environment.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offers this program primarily online with the inclusion of three six-day residencies at designated campuses. This way, you can continue working while you get your degree.

The Ph.D. program is open to aviation professionals who include flight crew members, air traffic controllers, industry technical representatives, aviation educators, government employees and others wishing to advance their knowledge and enhance their careers.

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Degree Summary

60 Credits

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Important Dates

Application Deadline

For full consideration for the fall 2017 Cohort:

  • February 1, 2017 

Online Information Sessions 

E-mail to register. All times are Eastern.

  • Thursday, June 2 @ 9:00 a.m.
  • Monday, June 6 @ 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Online Courses (12 weeks)

  • September 7
  • January 7
  • May 7

Residency 2016

  • August 15-20

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Stephan Curran

Ph.D. in Aviation Student

Stephen Curran resides in Jamaica, where he is the Network Design Director for Digicel Group. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Electronic Engineering from Dublin City University in Ireland. He is also a member of Engineers Without Borders.

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