Ph.D. in Aviation Business Administration

Doctor of
Aviation Business Administration

In this one-of-a-kind program, candidates use a hybrid learning experience that includes a residency to help boost their business management skills to a new level.

Are you looking to take your professional journey to the next level? Embry-Riddle is the only institution to offer a program in aviation business at the doctoral level. Our Doctor of Aviation Business Administration program is ideal for working professionals, as it provides a hybrid learning experience with online courses and five-day seminar at the Daytona Beach Campus.

The 60-credit hour program (plus two residencies) can be completed in as few as three and a half years and is designed to challenge your knowledge and provide you with valuable insight into a variety of aviation business industries.

Our one-of-a-kind program combines the core strength of academic business administration with applied aviation knowledge. It offers a balanced curriculum that emphasizes high-quality research with an applied aviation focus.

The culture of collaboration among our students equips doctoral candidates with a network of peers who can offer the support and encouragement needed to overcome common hurdles that often prevent working professionals from completing their degrees.



About Aviation Business Administration at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

The doctor of Aviation Business Administration in the David B. O'Maley College of Business can be completed in as few as three and a half years. This degree is designed to challenge students’ knowledge as they gain valuable insight into a variety of applied research methods. The program breakdown includes:

  • Foundations of Business Administration – 12 credit hours
  • Research Skills in Aviation & Aerospace – 12 credit hours
  • Doctoral Seminars and dissertation – 36 credit hours

Students who have completed their MBA at an Embry-Riddle campus or took qualified graduate courses in other institutions may be able to transfer some of their credits toward the program.

For additional program information, please contact the doctoral program office at


All students are required to complete two residencies at the Daytona Beach campus, each worth one credit hour. The residencies are scheduled for mid-August and are approximately one-week long.

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The application for the Doctor in Aviation Business Administration program is competitive. Students are admitted only during the fall term each year, with their first residency occurring in August. Domestic and international students with a prior Master’s degree are eligible for acceptance. For full consideration, please apply by May 1. Only completed applications are reviewed, so please make sure to study the requirements thoroughly.

Your Checklist

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration or closely related discipline.
  • Superior academic records, as determined by the O'Maley College of Business Doctoral Program committee.
  • Have taken either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the last five years and have acceptable scores on both quantitative and verbal sections as determined by the Doctoral Program Committee.
    Note: Applicants with significant professional experience and strong academic background could request a waiver at the discretion of the Doctoral Program Coordinator.

  • International applicants who have not graduated from an English educational system within the last two years or for whom English is not the primary language must submit official TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge scores. The preferred scores for admissions are as follows: TOEFL - 213 (computer based), 550 (paper-based), or 79 (IBT Internet-based); IELTS - 6.0; and Cambridge – 170(AF1).
  • Two Letters of Recommendation.
  • Resume with detailed education and work experience.
  • Statement of research interest in an aviation business discipline.
  • Complete application package including a statement of purpose, official transcripts and Foreign Credential Evaluation for all schools outside of the U.S

Transcripts and test scores must be officially sent from the institution or testing service to: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, International and Graduate Admissions, 1 Aerospace Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900. Educational Testing Service (ETS) should send GMAT or GRE scores to Embry-Riddle at school code 5190. All other documents can be emailed to Please send documents in PDF format(AF2).

Once applications are evaluated, finalists will participate in an online interview with the Ph.D. program committee members. The committee will assess students’ motivations, research interests and academic desires.



Aviation in Business Administration Ph.D. Facutly Books

As the world’s largest aviation-oriented university,  Embry-Riddle offers students access to an extraordinary team of industry leaders and experts. Our faculty members have extensive experience in graduate education and cutting-edge research, and our doctoral faculty are nationally and internationally recognized scholars in aviation and related disciplines as well as in research methods.

Faculty at the O'Maley College of Business have authored important aviation books in diverse disciplines such as operations, economics, finance, strategy and transportation. Many also serve as Editor-In-Chief and editors for major international journals.


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