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Master of Science in
Aviation Safety

Covering the full scope of aviation and aerospace safety, this industry-focused 10-course program also offers students the option for an additional two-course thesis.

Safety is the bedrock of the aviation industry, and it is more crucial today than ever as uncrewed aircraft systems and commercial space launches are integrated into the national airspace system. The Master of Science in Aviation Safety, one of only two fully online aviation safety programs in the country, is designed to meet the growing demand for professionals who understand the technical challenges of safe operations and can think critically to anticipate the needs of a dynamic and ever-changing industry.

The accessible online format available through the Worldwide Campus allows busy professionals to learn when and where they want, making it ideal for those who want to boost their current skills or begin a new career path.

A recent analysis of safety science career opportunities showed an average of 106 aviation safety job postings a month, with average salaries ranging between $72,000 and $95,000 yearly.

Classes in this program address all current safety issues, based on feedback from our extensive industry connections and our faculty members, who have vast practical experience in safety management.

In addition to being the leading educator of tomorrow’s safety science workforce, Embry-Riddle is also the new home for the Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety headed by Robert Sumwalt, former Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and a recognized expert in aviation safety. The Center’s mission is to collaborate with industry leaders in research, education and training that will enhance aviation and aerospace safety.

All students pursuing a Master of Science in Aviation Safety will have the opportunity to use the Virtual Crash Lab, where can they map a crash site and investigate wreckage through an online interface.


About Aviation Safety at the Worldwide & Online Campus

Embry-Riddle stands apart as a leader in aviation education. The residential graduate program in aviation safety offered at our Prescott, Ariz., campus has educated dozens of safety leaders. Now, that experience and expertise is available in a comprehensive and flexible online program through the Worldwide Campus.

The 10-course program includes an option for an additional 2-course thesis and offers the following key features:

  • Industry-leading curriculum includes specific technical skills needed to secure employment in aviation safety, along with the abilities employers look for, such as teamwork, problem-solving and communication.
  • Covers the full scope of aviation and aerospace safety, including initial system design, program management, data analysis, ground and flight operations, emergency response, accident investigation and safety improvement.
  • Allows you to work with students and instructors from around the world and demonstrate your ability to collaborate remotely across time zones and cultures, an increasingly valuable skill.
  • Embry-Riddle’s new Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety provides additional access and connection to industry professionals and resources.

Embry-Riddle’s expert faculty and reputation for academic and research excellence helps give students skills that are needed now and in the future. Roles that can be filled by program graduates include:

  • Accident Investigation
  • Aircraft Certification
  • Airport Planning and Design
  • Aviation Security
  • Aviation Safety Management
  • Certification of Pilots/Mechanics/ATC
  • Corporate Aviation Management
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Human Factors
  • Operations Safety Coordination
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Safety and Health Management
  • Safety Management Programs

Earning a Master of Science in Aviation Safety means you graduate with the skills and abilities to fill safety positions now being advertised by companies and agencies such as:

  • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
  • Airline Pilots Association (ALPA)
  • International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  • Virgin Galactic
  • NetJets
  • Endeavor Air
  • Republic Airways
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • JetBlue

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