Fields of Study

Embry-Riddle Advantage

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

Business students at Embry-Riddle benefit from belonging to a globally connected network that includes fellow students and experienced faculty — some of whom remain working professionals — as well as alumni from top companies that regularly recruit Embry-Riddle students for internships and career positions. 

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

Among Embry-Riddle’s business faculty are some who have authored leading textbooks for aviation-related courses, some who are consultants for airlines, and others who work with the 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 often employing industry-specific software, and are invited to join business organizations and to participate in events. And with our online educational opportunities and 125-plus Worldwide locations, students have the flexibility to learn at a campus near them or even 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, are mid-career, or seeking to transition into 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/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 that are also applicable to any field. We offer diverse modes of learning so that even if you’re employed while going to school, you can successfully earn your degree. 

On campus, online from home, or in a classroom near you, Embry-Riddle can deliver business education. Peruse the programs to discover the degree to match 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 a general business degree can certainly help you in your career, specializing is the value-added proposition Embry-Riddle delivers.

You’ve decided that business is your goal, now you should consider the dynamic, exciting field of aviation/aerospace as your career destination. Aviation/aerospace represents the largest industry in the U.S. economy (if agriculture products are not aggregated) with no indication of slowdown.

By very definition, aviation/aerospace is “out of this world” and it doesn’t get more glamorous anywhere. If you already know you want to work in aerospace or aviation — or you’re already employed in one of these fields — you will only find it helpful to be educationally immersed in your own industry.

The list of potential career paths is nearly endless, and many will depend on the area you choose. You may work for an airline as a revenue analyst or in marketing, become a financial analyst or project manager for a large corporation like Boeing, or be a contracts analyst for 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.

Projected growth for Market Research Analysts

32% projected growth for Market Research Analysts

(2012-22, U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics)

Salaries are also quite diverse depending on the profession and your level of education. And they can be quite attractive. For example, the average salary for supply managers with a master’s degree is $128,127 compared to $95,931 for those who hold bachelor’s degrees.


Business faculty and students of the Daytona Beach (Fla.), Prescott (Ariz.), 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.

Read about some featured projects below, or search for more at

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. This project is in process.

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 research’s ultimate 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 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 the observation and recording of the responses and reactions 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 meeting and working remotely with a real client to solve a real-world problem, hands-on projects help 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 worldwide and delivers a quality academic experience with world-class faculty educators with hands-on industry experience in our three academic colleges and our 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).

Watch a video about the Worldwide Experience