Master of Business Administration in Aviation in Partnership with IATA

Airline Management Specialization

Advance in Aviation Business

Airlines are under constant pressure from governments, passengers, direct competitors and industry changes that influence their operation. Successfully managing operations in a high-risk, high-reliability and complex aviation environment requires not only mastery of business as it is done today, but also a deep understanding of how the aviation business works.

The Master of Business Administration in Aviation (MBAA), offered jointly by Embry-Riddle and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), aims to prepare you to advance in the aviation business and pilot airlines through the multiple challenges they face.

IATA represents nearly 300 airlines comprising 83% of global air traffic, and its importance to the aviation industry is well founded. Through this partnership, we are proud to offer a groundbreaking curriculum tailored to those seeking a career in airline management and taught through a unique industry lens that cannot be found elsewhere.

Program Details

Schedule: The program will start in October 2022.

Format: Courses are offered in a flexible, online setting that empowers you to learn when and where you want at a time convenient to you.

Cost: Courses are offered at $1,000 per credit hour. The total cost of the degree is estimated at $36,000.

View the course schedule below.

 
Please choose MBAA-Airline Management when selecting the program to which you’re applying.
 

What You'll Learn

Through three blocks consisting of 36 credit hours, the program applies modern business concepts, methods and tools to the challenges and specifics of the aviation business to create a degree that combines core business competencies with a strong aviation foundation. This one-of-a-kind degree:

HRO Component
Focuses on the importance of creating high-reliability organizations (HROs) by teaching the fundamentals of risk, managing risk and creating resiliency

Core Business Skills
Concentrates on core business activities and is structured based on input from the aviation industry to provide students with the skills necessary to advance their careers into managing functional departments

Airline Management Certificate
Features a certificate in airline management to provide a comprehensive understanding of various airline business models and revenue management strategies

Dr. Aaron Glassman, Associate Professor, College of Business

Requirements & Courses

While an undergraduate degree is required for admission, the degree does not need to be in business. However, a short MBAA Preflight Orientation Course welcomes students to the degree program through interactive activities and provides the prerequisite knowledge needed to succeed in the program. Students must complete the orientation before taking their first MBAA course.

This program is a cohort model which begins in the October term. Courses must be taken in the order in which they are listed below and at the time of course offering. Each nine-week term consists of 3 - 4.5 credits. Please see course schedule below for the October 2022 cohort.

The program begins by looking at high-reliability organizations that operate in an environment where failure is not an option and is often catastrophic – such as commercial aviation. Focused on understanding and managing risk and creating resiliency, coursework will teach you how to apply the HRO framework to enable higher efficiency and more reliable operations.

HROM 510 Enterprise Risk Management 3
HROM 520 Organizational Resilience 3
HROM 530 Modeling and Decision-Making 3
Total Credits 9

Continue with key business capabilities designed around extensive input from the industry. By re-examining these concepts through the lens of aviation and its complexities, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to manage key functions and advance your career.

MKTG 510 Economics of Marketing 1.5
MKTG 511 Science of Selling 1.5
MKTG 512 Delivering Customer Solutions 1.5
ACCT 510 Business Accounting 1.5
FINE 518 Corporate Finance 3
OBLD 519 Organizational and Employee Behavior 1.5
HRMD 549 Personnel Management 1.5
BUSW 635 Business Strategy for Managers 3
Total Credits 15

Enhance your degree with a specialization in airline management that puts you one step closer to achieving your career goals. Topics covered include cost efficiencies, revenue management, ancillary revenue and airline business models.

AIRM 600 Airline Cost-Efficiency Practices and Value-Add Strategies 3
AIRM 610 Airline Business Diversification: Generating Ancillary Revenues 3
AIRM 605 Revenue Management and Pricing with Simulation in Times of Crisis 3
AIRM 615 Airline Business Models and Competitive Strategies 3
Total Credits 12
OCT 2022 HROM 510 Enterprise Risk Management 3
JAN 2023 HROM 520 Organizational Resilience 3
JAN 2023 MKTG 510 Economics of Marketing 1.5
MAR 2023 HROM 530 Modeling and Decision-Making 3
MAR 2023 MKTG 511 Science of Selling 1.5
MAY 2023 MKTG 512 Delivering Customer Solutions 1.5
MAY 2023 ACCT 510 Business Accounting 1.5
AUG 2023 FINE 518 Corporate Finance 3
OCT 2023 AIRM 600 Airline Cost-Efficiency Practices and Value-Add Strategies 3
OCT 2023 OBLD 519 Organizational and Employee Behavior 1.5
JAN 2024 AIRM 610 Airline Business Diversification: Generating Ancillary Revenues 3
JAN 2024 HRMD 549 Personnel Management 1.5
MAR 2024 AIRM 605 Revenue Management and Pricing with Simulation in Times of Crisis 3
MAY 2024 AIRM 615 Airline Business Models and Competitive Strategies 3
AUG 2024 BUSW 635 Business Strategy for Managers 3
Total Credits 36

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