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Master of Science in
Airworthiness Engineering

This renowned degree prepares students for rewarding careers testing and certifying aircraft systems, parts and products to ensure safe, compliant operations.

Find Your Career Certifying and Testing Aircraft

As a recognized leader in aviation and airworthiness education, Embry-Riddle offers a master’s degree in Airworthiness Engineering designed to prepare graduates for a successful career certifying and testing aircraft systems, parts and products.

Embry-Riddle's Airworthiness Engineering program is accepted and recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aircraft Certification Service (AIR), confirming that Designated Engineering Representative (DER) applicants and potential Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) engineering unit members who obtain this degree are awarded credit for one year of experience in addition to the already allowed four-year undergraduate credit.

This online graduate degree for students who already have a degree in a related engineering field features a curriculum that provides a favorable balance of practical and experience-based training using the most current techniques and tools available and is designed to be completed in 30 months.

Airworthiness Curriculum

Our expert faculty have extensive industry experience and provide students first-hand knowledge, enthusiasm and guidance.

Students augment their engineering and science background with studies in Airworthiness Process and Procedures, Systems Safety and Certification, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Design, Aircraft Airworthiness Engineering Principles, Application-Based Advanced Engineering Mathematics and the Application of the Safety Management System (SMS) within Airworthiness Engineering.

Studies also include electives in Aerospace Engineering and Management.

This distinctive curriculum paves the way to a career in airworthiness engineering, opening the door to become an FAA-approved Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR) or a Designated Engineering Representative (DER).


About Airworthiness Engineering at the Worldwide & Online Campus

Advance your Airworthiness career with this first-ever degree — now available at your convenience

For professionals working in engineering as well as those who dream of a career in this exciting industry, Embry-Riddle’s Airworthiness Engineering master’s program is the field’s first degree of its kind. Now for the first time, you can earn this esteemed degree entirely online, from the comfort of your home.

Gain the skills to guide cutting-edge developments and certifications

Based on the same curriculum used by our well-known Daytona Beach campus and taught by the same renowned professors, the MSAWE will prepare you to participate in and even lead cutting-edge research, innovation and development.

You will enhance your scientific background in the areas of airworthiness, systems safety, and unmanned systems design, as well as explore the challenges facing military and commercial aircraft and spacecraft design, development and certification. You will develop the skills needed to conquer the obstacles and spearhead the leap into the next new innovation.

Master your field while maintaining your career

With this flexible online platform, you can interact with professors and students on your schedule, from anywhere in the world. And because the classes can be taken at your convenience within the term, you will not suffer career and family disruptions. No commute, no rigid classroom hours and no demanding schedule. It is education designed around your work and life schedules.

Join a world-renowned institution

Since our founding, we’ve provided an unsurpassed education in the aeronautical industry and have established partnerships with key players in the aviation, airworthiness and engineering fields. You’ll have the opportunity to become part of a network of nearly 137,000 alumni working for some of the world’s most innovative companies.

Program objectives

The core of the Airworthiness Engineering program was crafted to augment the individual student’s engineering and science background. It will initially focus on the entire airworthiness process from inception to certification.

  • Study the airworthiness process and procedures.
  • Analyze system safety and certification.
  • Study the design of unmanned aircraft systems.
  • Learn airworthiness engineering principles.
  • Apply advanced engineering mathematics.
  • Practice applying the Safety Management System (SMS) in airworthiness applications.
  • Conduct graduate-level research or program management.


30 Credits

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