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Master of Aviation Science

33 Credits Required 

The Master of Aviation Science degree is a 100% online professional degree program which provides students with the flexibility to pursue an advanced degree in Aviation. Graduates will gain skills that will help them in their profession, can expect increased earnings, and will possess the credentials to explore new career opportunities in any aviation field. All courses are available online. Most students in the program take two-three classes (6-9 credits) per semester.

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Application Deadlines

The USU Academic Calendar lists the exact dates for the beginning and end of each semester. The application due dates are as follows:

Fall semester start, July 1
Spring semester start, November 1
Summer semester start, March 1

Your application needs to be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. You may take the MAT or the GRE for admissions. The MAT costs less and takes less time to complete. Consider taking practice tests on one of the websites and obtain review guides to study for a score at or above the 40th percentile. Please allow 4-6 weeks for your MAT or GRE score to be received by USU after you take the test and note the minimum admission requirements. For specific information about the degree coursework or required prerequistes, please contact the Master's of Aviation Team Leader, Andreas Wesemann

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Coursework

This is a non-thesis degree program that requires 33 credits for completion; students should thoughtfully consider an area of emphasis for their 15 elective credits. To view course syllabi, go to the USU Canvas Syllabus Tracker website and select the semester when the course was last taught (as noted on the table below). You should register for course sections that are close to where you live, if you are an out-of-state non-resident student, please register for section Z01. Courses from other departments not listed above may be part of a program of study. This degree has been designed to be completed online, but with the approval of the advisory committee, students may take other courses to fulfill the degree requirements. Additional fees or tuition may be applied.

Foundation Core Required Courses (18 credits, each course is online and 3 credits)

Course Numbers

Course Titles

Semester Offered

Spring Even

Summer Even

Fall Even

Spring Odd

Summer Odd

Fall Odd

AV 6110 Air Transportation System X      X    
AV 6120 Aviation Operations and Management      X     X
AV 6140 Aviation Safety: History & Research X      X    
AV 6150 Airport Management   X     X  
AV 6760 Reading & Applying Research  X  X X X X  X
AV 6960 Aviation Capstone Project  X  X X  X  X X

Focus Area Elective Courses (select 15 credits, each course is online and 3 credits unless noted)

Course Numbers

Course Titles

Semester Offered

Spring Even

Summer Even

Fall Even

Spring Odd

Summer Odd

Fall Odd

AV 6230 Aviation Technology and Automation    X     X  
AV 6310 Aviation Safety Management Systems X     X    
AV 6320 Airport & Ground Safety Programs      X     X
AV 6330 Flight Safety Program Management     X     X
AV 6340 Aircraft Accident Investigation & Analysis    X     X  
AV 6350 Aviation Security    X      X  

Be sure to check the USU calendar for registration and semester beginning and end dates.


School of Graduate Studies - Forms

Throughout your graduate program you will be required to download and complete forms on the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) website for submission to our Graduate Program Coordinator GPC Marci Chidester (marci.chidester@usu.edu). If you have difficulty downloading the forms, please watch this tutorial on Downloading and Completing Forms. If you still have difficulty, please contact the USU IT Service Desk to get help configuring your browser to download SGS forms.

Establishing a Supervisory Committee

Graduate students must establish a Supervisory Committee during the second semester of their program. Students may choose their major professor (chair) and other committee members from the ASTE graduate faculty or other University faculty for a minimum total of three members. Two of the members need to be ASTE AV graduate faculty. To begin, contact the professor you would like to serve as chair of your committee. If she/he are willing to serve, then together discuss other faculty members who should be asked to serve on the Supervisory Committee. It is the student's responsibility to contact the proposed committee members to make certain they are willing to serve prior to completing the Supervisory Committee Approval Form. On the School of Graduate Studies website, be sure to select the Master's Plan C/Professional Degree Supervisory Committee Approval Form. This form needs to be completed during your second semester. The form will require each members signature (collected by the School of Graduate Studies electronically). After your committee has been approved, please meet with your chair to complete the Graduate Student & Advisor Expectations form.

Program of Study

The Program of Study (PoS) constitutes a contract between the student, the committee, and the School of Graduate Studies regarding what courses a student will take for completion of his or her degree program requirements. Complete instructions can be found the School of Graduate Studies website. The Program of Study form is completed in DegreeWorks (a link on your myUSU page) and must be completed and submitted to the GPC, Marci Chidester (marci.chidester@usu.edu), per the instructions prior to the end of the second semester.

Program Timeline & Expectations

Students may enter the program at the beginning of any semester. The School of Graduate Studies has compiled a checklist with links to forms that will guide you though your graduate program. Most students complete the degree in five semesters taking two courses (6 credits) four semesters and three courses (9 credits) for one semester. Additional questions concerning transfer credits, continuous registration fees, time limits, leave of absence, etc., may be answered under the Graduate General Regulations or under Graduate Degree Requirements in the General Catalog.

Graduation

Planning to graduate, please complete the Graduation Application.