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Ph.D. in
Aviation Business Administration

As the aviation industry continues to grow, global companies like Boeing have predicted a need for more than 38,000 airplanes over the next 20 years.

This need is driven by service to new global markets, fleet updates and maintenance and growth in both passenger and air cargo traffic. With this rising demand, the aviation industry will rely heavily on research and data to drive their business decisions.

Keeping students at the forefront of industry transformation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has launched a specialized Ph.D. in Aviation Business Administration to cultivate the industry’s leaders.


Embry-Riddle is the only institution to offer a program in aviation business at the Ph.D. level. As the first doctoral program to focus on the business aspects of the aviation industry, the Ph.D. in Aviation Business Administration curriculum prepares students and professionals to conduct state-of-the-art research in this important field.

The program accommodates working professionals who seek to advance their expertise and research in aviation business while still employed. With flexible, primarily off-campus and online instruction, this business Ph.D. program enables students to continue their career while pursuing their doctoral degree. 


About Aviation Business Administration at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

The Ph.D. in Aviation Business Administration in the David B. O'Maley College of Business is a 60-credit hour program that can be completed in as few as three years. This degree is designed to challenge students’ knowledge as they gain valuable insight into a variety of research methods. The program breakdown includes:

  • Core aviation business courses – 15 credit hours
  • Quantitative skills and research methods – 9 credit hours
  • Research seminars and dissertation – 36 credit hours

Students who have completed their MBA at an Embry-Riddle campus may be exempt from taking the core aviation business courses.


All students are required to complete a one-week residency at the Daytona Beach campus each year. The residencies are scheduled for mid-August and are approximately one-week long. The 2019 dates are August 12-16.

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The application to the Ph.D. 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. Applications are due 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 College of Business Doctoral Degree Program committee.
  • Recent (within past five years) Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on both quantitative and verbal sections.
  • 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.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (Recommendation Request Form)
  • Resume with detailed education and work experience.
  • Statement of research interest in an aviation business discipline (see list of research seminars).
  • Complete application package including 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, 600 S. Clyde Morris 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.

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.

Learn more about the Ph.D. in Aviation Business Administration in the Daytona Beach Campus catalog.



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 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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