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Master of Science in
Airworthiness Engineering

The M.S. in Airworthiness Engineering prepares students for careers in testing and certifying aircraft systems, parts and products to ensure compliant operations.

About the Master of Science in Airworthiness Engineering

The M.S. in Airworthiness Engineering (MSAWE) provides the foundational elements of Aircraft Certification and airworthiness principles as they apply to aerospace vehicle certification and sustainability. The curriculum offers a meaningful exploration of relevant civil and military airworthiness requirements in vehicle development and operation, thereby providing an understanding of the implications and impact on crewed, uncrewed and other innovative vehicle systems, and their state of operation over a useful life.

Embry-Riddle's expert faculty have extensive industry experience, coordinate with an Industrial Program Advisory Board and provide students with first-hand knowledge, enthusiasm and guidance. This distinctive curriculum paves the way to a career in airworthiness engineering, opening the door to becoming an FAA-approved Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR) or a Designated Engineering Representative (DER). The M.S. in Airworthiness Engineering is the very first program approved by the FAA as credit toward an FAA DER Certification.

Student Learning Outcomes

You will have the opportunity to learn the following while studying for an AWE career:

  • Understand how civil and military regulatory frameworks apply to contemporary issues in air system certification.
  • Perform engineering analysis using acceptable methods for substantiating airworthiness compliance.
  • Investigative methods to drive innovative airworthiness compliance solutions over an entire life cycle.
  • Master airworthiness engineering principles and processes reinforced with elective courses within selected technical discipline areas in air system certification.

Airworthiness Engineering Career Opportunities

Careers and Employers

Embry-Riddle graduates are set to enter the workforce in top companies, including Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Department of Defense and The Boeing Company.

Graduates of the airworthiness engineer program often secure roles as:

  • Airworthiness Engineers
  • Aircraft Certification Engineers
  • Avionics Engineers
  • Flight Analysts
  • Power Plant Engineers
  • Flight Test Pilots

Airworthiness Engineering Salary Information

Pursuing a Master of Science in Airworthiness Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University provides graduates with competitive salaries averaging $71,162 annually, as of 2023.


About Airworthiness Engineering at the Worldwide & Online Campus

Embry-Riddle's groundbreaking Airworthiness Engineering master's program stands as the first and only degree in its domain, offering students an opportunity to elevate their scientific acumen in airworthiness, systems safety and uncrewed systems design. The curriculum empowers students to cultivate the essential skills required to navigate challenges and spearhead advancements in the field.

The MSAWE curriculum addresses the aspects of the regulatory, technical and physical precepts applicable to airworthiness engineering for professionals involved in air systems development. With this flexible online platform, students can interact with professors and other students on their schedule, from anywhere in the world.

Airworthiness Engineering Information

  • Credits: 30
  • Online or In-Person: Fully Online
  • This program takes approximately two years to complete. The program has 10 courses required for graduation. We recommend taking one course per term for five terms per year.

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