Aerospace Department

Aerospace Concentrations

MTSU Aerospace

You may choose from five concentrations within the aerospace major according to the aspect of aviation you wish to pursue.


Aerospace Administration

The Administration concentration offers instruction designed for students who are interested in careers in the various aspects of aerospace administration and management. Selected general studies and minor courses are interwoven with aerospace courses to provide students with a foundation for such careers.

Aerospace Technology

The Technology concentration is designed for students interested in technical careers in aerospace and as preparation for those who seek more advanced study at the graduate level. Students in this concentration receive a strong background in mathematics, the sciences, engineering technology, and the more technical courses in aerospace. This concentration requires the completion of 31 semester hours of aerospace courses to include aerodynamics and aircraft performance; minors in Mathematics and Engineering Technology; two semesters of computer programming and two semesters of calculus-based physics. In the Fall of 2005, MTSU and the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) began a partnership with MTSU to build a Flight Test Engineering program. This partnership program enables students who enroll in the MTSU Aerospace Technology program to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Flight Test Technology from MTSU, and then pursue a Masters of Science degree with a concentration in Flight Test Engineering from the University of Tennessee. Under the new partnership MTSU students spend approximately 3 ½ years at MTSU then transfer to UTSI in their last semester to take classes at UTSI which completes their undergraduate degree as well as meets prerequisite requirements for the Masters of Science at UTSI. This provides an avenue for MTSU Aerospace students to pursue a Masters in Flight Test Engineering in a way that would not be possible without the partnership.


Flight Dispatch

This concentration is designed to meet industry demands for both FAR Part 121 and 135 dispatchers and schedulers. Integral to this emphasis is a thorough knowledge of weather and weather products, weight and balance, instrument flight rules with regard to weather minimums, specific aircraft alternate minimums and minimum equipment lists, as well as human factors and crew resource management. The ability to identify potential in-flight hazards and effective communication of those hazards to a pilot in flight is a cornerstone of this course. Completion of this degree program results in FAA certification as an aircraft dispatcher. In addition to courses in basic weather and navigation this emphasis includes courses in communications, psychology, and geography.

pic1 Maintenance Management

This emphasis prepares students to enter the aircraft maintenance field as practicing airframe and powerplant maintenance technicians or entry level managers at aircraft repair stations or other types of operations involving aircraft maintenance or modification. Emphasis is placed on materials, including modern composites, and the proper repair and inspection of those materials. Special inspection and maintenance requirements based on operational environments are examined. Airframes, powerplants and systems are covered in detail as part of this concentration. Completion of this curriculum leads to FAA certification as an airframe and powerplant maintenance technician. This curriculum is approved under FAR part 147. This emphasis requires an extensive amount of equipment and resources, as well as specially trained and experienced faculty members that are devoted to maintaining the excellence of this program.

Professional Pilot


This emphasis addresses the area of flight operations and leads to pilot certification up to and including the Commercial, Multi-engine Instrument certificate. Students in this program receive extensive experience in flight operations in all aspects of the flight environment. Graduates must demonstrate proficiency in aircraft systems operation, determination of aircraft performance parameters, cross country navigation, communication with air traffic control, and airport operations. A program utilizing glass cockpits has been introduced, and an innovative FAA/Industry Training Standards (FITS) curriculum has been developed in cooperation with the FAA. This curriculum is scenario-based and allows students to be trained to proficiency instead of a minimum flight time . The same equipment used in student pilot training is also utilized to train FAA inspectors in glass cockpit operations. Extensive use of flight training devices is incorporated into this curriculum.

MASTERS DEGREE

For more information on our Masters Degree program, click the graduate program link to the left.

  Accreditation
MTSU Aerospace had been accredited since 1992. The Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) has accredited all five of the Aerospace concentrations!  For more information, click here.
  Air Traffic Control
Click here for more information on MTSU's AT-CTI program.
  Flight Scheduling
Click here for Flight Scheduling at the Murfreesboro Airport.
   
 
 
arrow   Flight Labs
To apply for a flight lab, follow the steps below.

Step 1:
Download and read the Additional Information Packet thoroughly and review the additional costs of flight labs.

Step 2:
Print and read the “Lab Request Form” for the semester you wish to enroll in a flight lab. Sign and submit it to the flight school secretary within the application period specified. Neither early nor late submissions will be accepted or considered.

Fall Lab Request Form     Application Period: February 1 – July 15

Spring Lab Request Form Application Period: September 1 – Nov 15

Summer Lab Request Form Application Period: February 1 – April 15