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Ph.D. in
Aviation

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 in Aviation Safety and Human Factors, Operations, and Intradisciplinary 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 online 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 intended specialization. Eighteen credit hours are earned completing the dissertation, an extensive, real-world research project.

Residency

Six credit hours are gained through three, five-day annual residencies at the Daytona Beach campus. 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.

Each student is required to complete one on campus residency seminar each year, allowing students the opportunity to network face-to-face with students, faculty, and advisory board members while participating in sessions which prepare them for the next phase of the program. The residencies are scheduled during mid-August.

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.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications and all supporting documents is February 1st for the following August cohort. The application package is considered an indication of your ability to perform in a challenging, professional environment. It should be carefully and thoroughly prepared, completed, and submitted on or before the deadline of February 1st.

DETAILS

About Aviation at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

While mainly offered online, the Ph.D. in Aviation program at ERAU takes place as a part of the world’s largest aviation-oriented university — ERAU’s Daytona Beach Campus, which has extensive experience in graduate education and leading-edge research. The Ph.D. in Aviation degree is housed in the College of Aviation.

The 60 required credit hours are spread over aviation core classes, research methodologies and a Ph.D. dissertation. Courses, residencies and the dissertation allow a student to accomplish the Program Educational Goals.

Each student is required to complete one on-campus residency seminar each year, giving students the opportunity to network face to face with students, faculty and advisory board members while participating in sessions which prepare them for the next phase of the program. Residencies are scheduled during mid-August and are approximately one week long.

The program’s educational goals are to:
  • Develop mastery of the central theories and concepts in the field of aviation, including foundations, safety management, economics and regulatory procedures.
  • Pose and solve theory-based and research-based problems designed to advance applications in the field of aviation.
  • Extend the aviation body of knowledge by conceiving, planning, producing and communicating original research.
  • Develop and demonstrate expertise in instructional processes.
  • Demonstrate leadership, collaboration and communication necessary for scholarly work in aviation.

The three areas of specialization focus on:

  • Aviation Safety & Human Factors: Overall, technological advances have led to improved safety and human performance in the aviation and aerospace domain, but have also resulted in new, unexpected challenges. Students choosing this specialization will focus on managing risk culture through control of known and yet-to-be discovered techniques and safety applications.
  • Operations: Students choosing this specialization will focus on the work that emphasizes research capabilities in a global marketplace while considering industry trends and innovations.
  • Intradisciplinary: For students with a broader interest in aviation, this specialization offers a cross-disciplinary approach to aviation where they work with their advisor to build a curriculum appropriate for their educational needs.

Learn more about the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

Summary

60 Credits

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Important Dates

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2023 Cohort:
    Deadline is February 1, 2023

Residency 2022

  • August 15-19

Online Courses (12 weeks)

  • Summer D - Begins May 7, 2022
  • Fall 2022 - Begins Aug. 29, 2022
  • Spring 2023 - Begins Jan. 11, 2023
 

ADMISSIONS

We welcome you to apply to the Ph.D. in Aviation program. The Ph.D. application process is competitive, with limited positions in the program available.

Students are admitted only during the fall term each year with the residency seminar occurring in August and the term beginning September 7.

The application package is considered an indication of your ability to perform in a challenging, professional environment. It should be carefully and thoroughly prepared. 

The Admissions Committee carefully considers all applications completed by February 1.

Are you ready to become one of the world's leading authorities on aviation? Begin the application process to be considered for the Ph.D. in Aviation program.

 

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FINANCE

Earning a Ph.D. in Aviation from Embry-Riddle comes with costs, but we’ve worked to make it as easy as possible for students to receive assistance and pay for their tuition and other expenses.

Many of our students earn grants, scholarships, and fellowship funding throughout their tenure in their program from various entities.  

Veterans are eligible to receive Financial Aid through several federal programs, and other students can receive aid from the government and private lenders.

We also break down the Estimated Cost of Attendance to see what expenses to expect during an online semester or on-campus residency.


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FACULTY

Embry-Riddle is the world’s largest aviation-oriented university and has extensive experience in graduate education and leading-edge research.

The Ph.D. in Aviation program draws its faculty from all three campuses of ERAU: Daytona Beach, Florida; Prescott, Arizona; and from the University’s Worldwide Campus.

The doctoral faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized scholars in aviation and closely related disciplines and in research methods.

These faculty members have extensive teaching, research and publication records in their disciplines.

Faculty members also participate in professional development to build their skills as instructional designers and facilitators and work with exceptional instructional designers to develop rigorous, engaging and meaningful courses. 

Also, learn more about the Ph.D. in Aviation Advisory Board.

 

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Dr. Carolina Anderson

Associate Professor of Aeronautical Science

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Dr. Frank Ayers

Adjunct Faculty and Professor of Aeronautical Science

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Dr. Bruce Conway

Adjunct faculty and Professor and Associate Dean, College of Aeronautics, Worldwide 

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Dr. David Cross

Assistant Professor, College of Aeronautics, Worldwide

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Dr. Andy Dattel

Associate Professor of School of Graduate Studies

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Dr. David Esser

Adjunct faculty and Professor of Aeronautical Science

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Dr. Mark Friend

Professor of School of Graduate Studies and Program Coordinator for the M.S. in Occupational Safety Management 

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Dr. Steven Hampton

Professor of School of Graduate Studies and Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies 

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Dr. Buck Joslin

Associate Professor, College of Aeronautics, Worldwide

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Dr. Dahai Liu

Professor of School of Graduate Studies

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Dr. Kadie Mullins

Adjunct faculty and Executive Director of Administrative Assessment

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Dr. Jane Pan

Assistant Professor of School of Graduate Studies

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Dr. John Sabel

Adjunct faculty and Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Business, Worldwide

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Dr. Alan Stolzer

Professor of School of Graduate Studies and Dean, College of Aviation

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Dr. Jennifer Thropp

Associate Professor of School of Graduate Studies

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Dr. Dothang Truong

Professor of School of Graduate Studies and Program Coordinator for the Ph.D. in Aviation

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Dr. Scott Winter

Associate Professor of School of Graduate Studies and Program Coordinator for the M.S. in Unmanned Systems

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