Bachelor of Science in
Air Traffic Management

During the next decade, 85 percent of the U.S. air traffic controllers who are currently working will be eligible for retirement. This correlates to approximately 14,000 open positions for new controllers to join the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management program at Embry-Riddle prepares graduates to fill those seats in a thrilling career in air traffic control. One of just a small number of colleges and universities granted FAA designation as a Collegiate Training Initiative school (and among the original cohort of 13), Embry-Riddle’s air traffic control program is taught by passionate, knowledgeable professors who have held positions as air traffic controllers themselves.

The Air Traffic Management program provides you with the knowledge and foundation designated for entry into the FAA Academy, where you’ll be integrated with others for additional air traffic control training. Because of the high quality of their education and experience, Embry-Riddle graduates always lead their classes at the FAA Academy.

The Air Traffic Management program at Embry-Riddle delivers fundamental traffic controller knowledge and competency through a mix of realistic lab simulations, classroom instruction, and computer-based learning.

Since Embry-Riddle has a formal partnership agreement with the FAA, be assured the curriculum and standards meet FAA demands and always exceed its expectations.

Upon graduation, graduates emerge prepared for an entry-level air traffic controller position with the FAA or other entities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment categories in support of air transportation are expected to grow by 25 percent through 2022. 

Students pursue a variety of co-ops and internships with airline, aviation, and air transportation companies focused on safety, training, operations, dispatch, and transportation.


About Air Traffic Management at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

The B.S. in Air Traffic Management (ATM) at the Daytona Beach Campus is for students whose goal is to become an air traffic controller or work in a related field. The coursework provides exposure to procedures and operations like those found in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control facilities. The curriculum builds the foundation a student needs to enter the FAA Academy for additional air traffic control training.

The Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management degree is housed in the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences in the College of Aviation.

At the Daytona Beach Campus, students get real-world training in the largest interactive air traffic control lab in the U.S. We are also the only institution providing an international air traffic management study abroad program. 

Many courses take place in Embry-Riddle’s new College of Aviation building, which features an abundance of simulation labs, a weather center, and meteorology labs among many other areas focused on all aspects of aviation. View a list of labs and facilities.

First year students in the B.S. in Air Traffic Management (ATM) program will typically study aviation-focused mathematics, meteorology, and computer science, along with general education courses, such as communication skills and other electives related to the minor course of study.

The campus is adjacent to the Daytona Beach International Airport and the NextGen Test Bed, as well as close to NASA and Kennedy Space Center. 

The campus maintains a modern fleet of aircraft and a host of advanced flight simulation devices with advanced visual systems.

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120 Credits

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