• Top-level facilities
    include an air traffic control simulator
  • Students operate a virtual airline via the NASA FOCUS lab
  • Sky’s the limit
    with an aviation master’s degree
  • Focus on aviation management, safety, or education
  • MTSU expert faculty all are
    licensed to fly

Aeronautical Science M.S.

The MTSU Department of Aerospace offers three Master of Science in Aeronautical Science concentrations. The Aviation Management concentration is a management and operations-oriented degree program designed in cooperation with industry representatives. Study focuses on airport activities and organizational structures, aviation contracts and leases, and aviation systems management. The Aviation Education concentration is designed to serve students interested in the conduct of aviation education, training, or professional development programs, or in the administration of such programs. Students in this concentration take classes in both the Aerospace Department and MTSU College of Education. The Safety and Security Management concentration is designed to provide students the knowledge and expertise necessary to develop and manage aviation safety and security programs. Studies include safety management systems (SMS), aviation security, aviation safety investigation, and human factors in aviation.

Airport director, M.S. alum also teaches graduate courses

Airport director, M.S. alum also teaches graduate courses

John Black (M.S., 2000; B.S., 1990) earned his master’s from the MTSU aerospace program after being promoted in 1999 to executive director of the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority — Tennessee’s third-largest airport. He also now teaches graduate courses at the university on such topics as aviation contracts, airport funding, aviation industries, airport planning and design, and environmental policy. “The program has provided me the opportunity to connect with the future of the aviation industry while providing real-world applications in the classroom as well as through the internship programs that run parallel to my work as an adjunct faculty member.” Black joined the S/RCAA in 1991 as deputy director of Smyrna Airport (formerly Sewart Air Force Base). He has collected several awards for airport development and management, was a National Security Forum graduate from the Air War College (2004), and completed Advanced Operations Specialist School (1995). Black has served as chairman of the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame and president of the Tennessee Aviation Association.

Safety and Security grad moves up quickly after internships

Safety and Security grad moves up quickly after internships

Allen Jensen (M.S. 2012, B.S. 2010), MTSU’s first graduate in the Aviation Safety and Security concentration, was promoted to manager of safety and security at North American Airlines less than a year after graduation. Jensen had two internships while he was a student, the first working with the TSA in Nashville during his second semester. “I learned very valuable information about aviation security that can’t necessarily be taught in the classroom,” Jensen says. He later interned for Southwest Airlines’ safety and security department in Dallas, helping him land his position as safety and security specialist at NAA. The charter airline provided flying services for the White House, all military branches, sports teams, large organizations, and other government agencies. "My boss and I were the primary people responsible for the safety and security programs of an air carrier which flew 767s around the world," he says. Jensen, who moved to Allegiant Air in Las Vegas after NAA’s financial reorganization, has traveled all over the globe.

The graduate curriculum at Middle Tennessee State University offers an individually tailored program to meet specific student career goals. Master’s level candidates are prepared for direct entry into the air transportation industry in a variety of specialties. Depending on the coursework chosen and the research thesis topic, graduating candidates may become involved with airport planning and design, environmental policy, safety and security, general aviation, domestic or international scheduled air transportation, or aviation training and education. Some management opportunities with this degree are

  • Aerospace manufacturing manager
  • Air traffic control manager
  • Air carrier manager
  • Airport manager
  • Airport planner/designer
  • Airport/air carrier security director
  • Aviation regulations consultant
  • Aviation trainer/educator
  • Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector
  • Fixed Base Operations (FBO) manager
  • Logistics manager
  • Transportation Security Administration manager

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • AB Aviation
  • Allegiant Air
  • American Airlines
  • Corporate Flight Management
  • Delta Airlines
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Federal Express
  • Lexington Blue Grass Airport
  • National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA)
  • Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
  • Murfreesboro Municipal Airport
  • Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • United Parcel Service
  • U.S. Armed Forces (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy)

Graduate

The MTSU Department of Aerospace offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in Aeronautical Science, with concentrations in Aviation Management, Aviation Education, or Aviation Safety and Security Management. Students can now complete any of the master’s concentrations online, as well as on campus.

Aviation Management Concentration

The Aviation Management concentration is a management and operations-oriented degree program which was designed in cooperation with industry representatives (manufacturing, airlines, airport authority, fixed-base operators, and the FAA). Study focuses on airport activities and organizational structures, aviation contracts and leases, and aviation systems management. This master of science degree program requires the completion of 36 semester hours, consisting of an 18 credit hour core, 9 credit hours in the concentration, and 9 credit hours of electives. See the Requirements tab for more information.

Aviation Education Concentration

The Aviation Education concentration is designed to serve students interested in the conduct of aviation education, training, or professional development programs or in the administration of such programs. Students in this concentration take classes in both the Aerospace Department and the MTSU College of Education. This master of science degree program requires the completion of 36 semester hours, consisting of an 18 credit hour core, 12 hours of required courses in the College of Education, and 6 credit hours of electives. See the Requirements tab for more information.

Aviation Safety and Security Management

The Safety and Security Management concentration is designed to provide students the knowledge and expertise necessary to develop and manage aviation safety and security programs. Studies include safety management systems (SMS), aviation security, aviation safety investigation, and human factors in aviation. This degree program requires the completion of 36 semester hours, consisting of an 18 credit hour core, 9 credit hours in the concentration, and 9 credit hours of electives. See the Requirements tab for more information.

Applicants must have

  • a degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum 3.00 GPA.
  • 15 semester hours of aviation coursework. (Applicants with undergraduate majors in fields other than aviation will be required to complete AERO 1010 and AERO 1020 during their first semester in the M.S. program and 9 additional hours of undergraduate aviation courses prior to the completion of 21 hours of graduate credit. Applicants holding Federal Aviation Administration certificates may receive credit for AERO 1010 and AERO 1020.)
  • an acceptable score — typically in the 50th percentile for the test selected — on either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

Master’s candidates must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination and complete a thesis defense or applied research capstone project.

Several graduate teaching assistant positions, which provide a monthly stipend as well as a tuition waiver, are available each semester.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS  tab above.

Undergraduate

A major in Aerospace can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in one of six possible concentrations: Flight Dispatch, Maintenance Management, Professional Pilot, Aviation Management, Technology, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations.

A minor in Aerospace is available and may emphasize administrative or technical subject matter.

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Aeronautical Science, Aviation Management Concentration, M.S.

Paul Craig, Program Director
(615) 494-8637
Paul.Craig@mtsu.edu

The Department of Aerospace offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in Aeronautical Science with concentrations in Aviation Education, Aviation Management, and Aviation Safety and Security Management.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions are based on a holistic assessment of an applicant's credentials. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum 3.00 GPA. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) with an acceptable score (typically in the 50th percentile for the test selected) is required. Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional acquaintances and a personal statement are also required. The personal statement should be approximately 400 words and should outline the student's academic interests, potential area(s) of research interest, and professional goals. Undergraduate transcripts must reflect 15 semester hours of aviation coursework. Applicants with undergraduate majors in fields other than aviation will be required to complete AERO 1010 and AERO 1020 during their first semester in the M.S. program and 9 additional hours of undergraduate aviation courses prior to the completion of 21 hours of graduate credit. Applicants holding Federal Aviation Administration certificates may receive credit for AERO 1010 and AERO 1020.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit three letters of recommendation from professors or professionals that address the applicant's potential to successfully complete an M.S. program in Aviation Administration;
  3. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
  4. submit official transcripts of all previous college work.
  5. submit personal statement.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Aeronautical Science with a concentration in Aviation Management requires completion of 36 semester hours. Candidates must select the thesis or non-thesis option.

Candidate must

  1. successfully complete a written comprehensive examination (may be taken no more than twice) the semester in which the candidate intends to graduate;
  2. successfully complete a thesis or applied research capstone project.

Curriculum: Aeronautical Science, Aviation Management

Thesis Option (36 hours)

Core Courses (21 hours)

  • AERO 6120 - Aviation History  3 credit hours  

    AERO 6120 - Aviation History

    3 credit hours

    Detailed examination of the development and role of aviation and its economic, social, and political impact on the modern world. Particular emphasis on the global aspects of civilian aviation and the consequences of the transportation revolution it engendered. Specific topics analyzed in detail each semester.

  • AERO 6130 - Aviation Safety Management

    3 credit hours

    An examination of the various programs which airport operators employ in operating and maintaining airport safety and security services. Special emphasis on federal guidelines and their applications at commercial service airports.

  • AERO 6150 - Aviation Industries

    3 credit hours

    An overview of domestic and international air transportation businesses. Includes an analysis of extant and forecast labor requirements.

  • AERO 6610 - Introduction to Aerospace Research

    3 credit hours

    Emphasis on research as a significant component of graduate study to include methods, procedures, style, and form.

  • AERO 6611 - Applied Statistics in Aerospace Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 6610 with minimum grade of C. Designed to integrate statistics and complement AERO 6610. Introduction to inferential statistics, including parametric and nonparametric, and descriptive statistics using specific examples from research in aerospace. Only statistics most commonly used in aerospace/aviation will be covered. General objective is to help students understand applied statistics; specific objective is to show students how to apply statistics specific for research designs used in aerospace/aviation.

  • AERO 6640 - Thesis Research  1 to 6 credit hours  (6 credit hours required)

    AERO 6640 - Thesis Research

    1 to 6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 6610. Selection of a research problem, review of pertinent literature, collection and analysis of data, and composition of thesis. Once enrolled, student should register for at least one credit hour of master's research each semester until completion. S/U grading.

Required Courses (12 hours)

  • AERO 6170 - Scheduled Air Carrier Operations

    3 credit hours

    An examination of contemporary problems and issues confronting airline industry policy makers, government regulators, managers, and the traveling public.

  • AERO 6190 - Airport Organizational Structures and Operational Activities

    3 credit hours

    A critical analysis of airport organizational structures, functions, and constraints affecting the airport. A detailed view of operational activities and methods to improve airport efficiency.

  • AERO 6250 - Airport Policy and Planning

    3 credit hours

    The regulatory agencies of the aviation industry and their functions. Special emphasis on current problems and issues affecting the industry.

  • AERO 6370 - Aviation Contracts and Leases

    3 credit hours

    An examination of the various agreements utilized by airports to define the terms and conditions for airlines, FBOs, concessionaires, air cargo operators, and other airport tenants. Analysis of the general provisions and requirements contained within airport leases and those specific to each tenant. A review of airport lease administration and compliance procedures.

Electives (3 hours)

  • AERO 6050 - Aerospace Internship I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Consent of department chair. Student employed by an acceptable airline, airport, or aerospace manufacturer for field work. Minimum 300 hours work required. Pass/Fail.

  • AERO 6220 - Environmental Policy

    3 credit hours

    Airport planning and land use programs and procedures as they are currently used within the industry.

  • AERO 6270 - Airport Design  3 credit hours  

    AERO 6270 - Airport Design

    3 credit hours

    Introduces the concepts of airport planning, design, and layout with particular emphasis on community characteristics and resource allocation. Students will become familiar with the Federal Aviation Administration's role in the airport design process.

  • AERO 6330 - International Aviation Systems

    3 credit hours

    An in-depth analysis of international aviation with particular attention to U.S. aviation interface. Areas covered include the air traffic control systems, bilateral agreements, nationalized vs. privately owned carriers, ETOPS restrictions, marketing and operational difficulties, etc.

  • AERO 6350 - General Aviation  3 credit hours  

    AERO 6350 - General Aviation

    3 credit hours

    Operations, supervision, and the role of administration in the general aviation industry.

Non-Thesis Option (36 hours)

Core Courses (18 hours)

  • AERO 6120 - Aviation History  3 credit hours  

    AERO 6120 - Aviation History

    3 credit hours

    Detailed examination of the development and role of aviation and its economic, social, and political impact on the modern world. Particular emphasis on the global aspects of civilian aviation and the consequences of the transportation revolution it engendered. Specific topics analyzed in detail each semester.

  • AERO 6130 - Aviation Safety Management

    3 credit hours

    An examination of the various programs which airport operators employ in operating and maintaining airport safety and security services. Special emphasis on federal guidelines and their applications at commercial service airports.

  • AERO 6150 - Aviation Industries

    3 credit hours

    An overview of domestic and international air transportation businesses. Includes an analysis of extant and forecast labor requirements.

  • AERO 6610 - Introduction to Aerospace Research

    3 credit hours

    Emphasis on research as a significant component of graduate study to include methods, procedures, style, and form.

  • AERO 6611 - Applied Statistics in Aerospace Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 6610 with minimum grade of C. Designed to integrate statistics and complement AERO 6610. Introduction to inferential statistics, including parametric and nonparametric, and descriptive statistics using specific examples from research in aerospace. Only statistics most commonly used in aerospace/aviation will be covered. General objective is to help students understand applied statistics; specific objective is to show students how to apply statistics specific for research designs used in aerospace/aviation.

  • AERO 6441 - Applied Research Capstone Project  3 credit hours  (3 credit hours required)

    AERO 6441 - Applied Research Capstone Project

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: AERO 6610 and AERO 6611. Culminating experiences for M.S. in Aeronautical Science candidates desiring professional careers in the aviation industry (non-thesis option). Involves an independently designed investigation of contemporary issues within the aviation industry. Appropriate research methodologies as well as completion of a final project report and presentation required.

Required Courses (12 hours)

  • AERO 6170 - Scheduled Air Carrier Operations

    3 credit hours

    An examination of contemporary problems and issues confronting airline industry policy makers, government regulators, managers, and the traveling public.

  • AERO 6190 - Airport Organizational Structures and Operational Activities

    3 credit hours

    A critical analysis of airport organizational structures, functions, and constraints affecting the airport. A detailed view of operational activities and methods to improve airport efficiency.

  • AERO 6250 - Airport Policy and Planning

    3 credit hours

    The regulatory agencies of the aviation industry and their functions. Special emphasis on current problems and issues affecting the industry.

  • AERO 6370 - Aviation Contracts and Leases

    3 credit hours

    An examination of the various agreements utilized by airports to define the terms and conditions for airlines, FBOs, concessionaires, air cargo operators, and other airport tenants. Analysis of the general provisions and requirements contained within airport leases and those specific to each tenant. A review of airport lease administration and compliance procedures.

Electives (6 hours)

  • AERO 6050 - Aerospace Internship I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Consent of department chair. Student employed by an acceptable airline, airport, or aerospace manufacturer for field work. Minimum 300 hours work required. Pass/Fail.

  • AERO 6220 - Environmental Policy

    3 credit hours

    Airport planning and land use programs and procedures as they are currently used within the industry.

  • AERO 6270 - Airport Design  3 credit hours  

    AERO 6270 - Airport Design

    3 credit hours

    Introduces the concepts of airport planning, design, and layout with particular emphasis on community characteristics and resource allocation. Students will become familiar with the Federal Aviation Administration's role in the airport design process.

  • AERO 6330 - International Aviation Systems

    3 credit hours

    An in-depth analysis of international aviation with particular attention to U.S. aviation interface. Areas covered include the air traffic control systems, bilateral agreements, nationalized vs. privately owned carriers, ETOPS restrictions, marketing and operational difficulties, etc.

  • AERO 6350 - General Aviation  3 credit hours  

    AERO 6350 - General Aviation

    3 credit hours

    Operations, supervision, and the role of administration in the general aviation industry.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.
     


Aeronautical Science, Aviation Education Concentration, M.S.

Paul Craig, Program Director
(615) 494-8637
Paul.Craig@mtsu.edu

The Department of Aerospace offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in Aeronautical Science with concentrations in Aviation Education, Aviation Management, and Aviation Safety and Security Management.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions are based on a holistic assessment of an applicant's credentials. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum 3.00 GPA. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) with an acceptable score (typically in the 50th percentile for the test selected) is required. Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional acquaintances and a personal statement are also required. The personal statement should be approximately 400 words and should outline the student's academic interests, potential area(s) of research interest, and professional goals. Undergraduate transcripts must reflect 15 semester hours of aviation coursework. Applicants with undergraduate majors in fields other than aviation will be required to complete AERO 1010 and AERO 1020 during their first semester in the M.S. program and 9 additional hours of undergraduate aviation courses prior to the completion of 21 hours of graduate credit. Applicants holding Federal Aviation Administration certificates may receive credit for AERO 1010 and AERO 1020.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit three letters of recommendation from professors or professionals that address the applicant's potential to successfully complete an M.S. program in Aviation Administration;
  3. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
  4. submit official transcripts of all previous college work.
  5. submit a personal statement.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Aeronautical Science with a concentration in Aviation Education requires completion of 36 semester hours. Student must select the thesis or non-thesis option.

Candidate must 

  1. successfully complete a written comprehensive examination (may be taken no more than twice) the semester in which the candidate intends to graduate;
  2. successfully complete a thesis or non-thesis option.

Curriculum: Aeronautical Science, Aviation Education

Thesis Option (36 hours)

Core Courses (21 hours)

  • AERO 6120 - Aviation History  3 credit hours  

    AERO 6120 - Aviation History

    3 credit hours

    Detailed examination of the development and role of aviation and its economic, social, and political impact on the modern world. Particular emphasis on the global aspects of civilian aviation and the consequences of the transportation revolution it engendered. Specific topics analyzed in detail each semester.

  • AERO 6130 - Aviation Safety Management

    3 credit hours

    An examination of the various programs which airport operators employ in operating and maintaining airport safety and security services. Special emphasis on federal guidelines and their applications at commercial service airports.

  • AERO 6150 - Aviation Industries

    3 credit hours

    An overview of domestic and international air transportation businesses. Includes an analysis of extant and forecast labor requirements.

  • AERO 6610 - Introduction to Aerospace Research

    3 credit hours

    Emphasis on research as a significant component of graduate study to include methods, procedures, style, and form.

  • AERO 6611 - Applied Statistics in Aerospace Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 6610 with minimum grade of C. Designed to integrate statistics and complement AERO 6610. Introduction to inferential statistics, including parametric and nonparametric, and descriptive statistics using specific examples from research in aerospace. Only statistics most commonly used in aerospace/aviation will be covered. General objective is to help students understand applied statistics; specific objective is to show students how to apply statistics specific for research designs used in aerospace/aviation.

  • AERO 6640 - Thesis Research  1 to 6 credit hours  (6 credit hours)

    AERO 6640 - Thesis Research

    1 to 6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 6610. Selection of a research problem, review of pertinent literature, collection and analysis of data, and composition of thesis. Once enrolled, student should register for at least one credit hour of master's research each semester until completion. S/U grading.

Required Education Courses (6 hours)

  • SPSE 6430 - Introduction to Curriculum Development

    3 credit hours

    Opportunity to study, discuss, and evaluate modern practices and procedures in curriculum development and reorganization in schools and school systems.

  • FOED 6020 - Educational Foundations

    3 credit hours

    Assists educational personnel in developing contexts and concepts in which educational problems and issues may be understood through awareness of findings in humanistic and behavioral studies.

Education Electives (6 hours)

  • SPSE 6250 - Seminar in Curriculum Improvement

    3 credit hours

    For the advanced major in curriculum development utilizing small group or seminar approach. Issues and research in curriculum improvement analyzed critically.

  • SPSE 6520 - Studies in Education: Curriculum

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Individual or small group study and/or research in the area of curriculum development. To be structured for student needs by teacher. Repeatable up to six hours.

  • SPSE 6900 - Online Learning and Instructional Design

    3 credit hours

    Assessment of effectiveness and efficiency of various learning systems and learning modules. Stresses need for systematic approaches to instruction. Practice in stating behavioral objectives, motivation, adaptation, evaluation, and systems assessment in which media are utilized as integral parts of learning modules.

Aerospace Electives (3 hours)

  • AERO 6050 - Aerospace Internship I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Consent of department chair. Student employed by an acceptable airline, airport, or aerospace manufacturer for field work. Minimum 300 hours work required. Pass/Fail.

  • AERO 6100 - Aviation Education Workshop

    3 credit hours

    (Same as YOED 6100.) A fundamental course in aviation education offered through a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to Tennessee educators; designed to provide K-12 educators aviation education classroom strategies and materials. Includes an aircraft flight and a field trip.

  • AERO 6170 - Scheduled Air Carrier Operations

    3 credit hours

    An examination of contemporary problems and issues confronting airline industry policy makers, government regulators, managers, and the traveling public.

  • AERO 6310 - Introduction to Aviation Security

    3 credit hours

    An overview of the aviation security system in the United States, including airport, aircraft operator, and general aviation perspectives. History and development of aviation security along with the role of government in aviation security discussed.

  • AERO 6330 - International Aviation Systems

    3 credit hours

    An in-depth analysis of international aviation with particular attention to U.S. aviation interface. Areas covered include the air traffic control systems, bilateral agreements, nationalized vs. privately owned carriers, ETOPS restrictions, marketing and operational difficulties, etc.

  • AERO 6350 - General Aviation  3 credit hours  

    AERO 6350 - General Aviation

    3 credit hours

    Operations, supervision, and the role of administration in the general aviation industry.

  • AERO 6430 - Human Factors in Aviation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Aerospace or permission of department. Comprehensive look at how human physiology and psychology affect aviation operations. Emphasis placed on how these factors can lead to aviation accidents and the development of safety systems to mitigate human error.

Non-Thesis Option (36 hours)

Core Courses (18 hours)

  • AERO 6120 - Aviation History  3 credit hours  

    AERO 6120 - Aviation History

    3 credit hours

    Detailed examination of the development and role of aviation and its economic, social, and political impact on the modern world. Particular emphasis on the global aspects of civilian aviation and the consequences of the transportation revolution it engendered. Specific topics analyzed in detail each semester.

  • AERO 6130 - Aviation Safety Management

    3 credit hours

    An examination of the various programs which airport operators employ in operating and maintaining airport safety and security services. Special emphasis on federal guidelines and their applications at commercial service airports.

  • AERO 6150 - Aviation Industries

    3 credit hours

    An overview of domestic and international air transportation businesses. Includes an analysis of extant and forecast labor requirements.

  • AERO 6610 - Introduction to Aerospace Research

    3 credit hours

    Emphasis on research as a significant component of graduate study to include methods, procedures, style, and form.

  • AERO 6611 - Applied Statistics in Aerospace Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 6610 with minimum grade of C. Designed to integrate statistics and complement AERO 6610. Introduction to inferential statistics, including parametric and nonparametric, and descriptive statistics using specific examples from research in aerospace. Only statistics most commonly used in aerospace/aviation will be covered. General objective is to help students understand applied statistics; specific objective is to show students how to apply statistics specific for research designs used in aerospace/aviation.

  • AERO 6441 - Applied Research Capstone Project

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: AERO 6610 and AERO 6611. Culminating experiences for M.S. in Aeronautical Science candidates desiring professional careers in the aviation industry (non-thesis option). Involves an independently designed investigation of contemporary issues within the aviation industry. Appropriate research methodologies as well as completion of a final project report and presentation required.

Required Education Courses (6 hours)

  • SPSE 6430 - Introduction to Curriculum Development

    3 credit hours

    Opportunity to study, discuss, and evaluate modern practices and procedures in curriculum development and reorganization in schools and school systems.

  • FOED 6020 - Educational Foundations

    3 credit hours

    Assists educational personnel in developing contexts and concepts in which educational problems and issues may be understood through awareness of findings in humanistic and behavioral studies.

Education Electives (6 hours)

  • SPSE 6250 - Seminar in Curriculum Improvement

    3 credit hours

    For the advanced major in curriculum development utilizing small group or seminar approach. Issues and research in curriculum improvement analyzed critically.

  • SPSE 6520 - Studies in Education: Curriculum

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Individual or small group study and/or research in the area of curriculum development. To be structured for student needs by teacher. Repeatable up to six hours.

  • SPSE 6900 - Online Learning and Instructional Design

    3 credit hours

    Assessment of effectiveness and efficiency of various learning systems and learning modules. Stresses need for systematic approaches to instruction. Practice in stating behavioral objectives, motivation, adaptation, evaluation, and systems assessment in which media are utilized as integral parts of learning modules.

Aerospace Electives (6 hours)

  • AERO 6050 - Aerospace Internship I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Consent of department chair. Student employed by an acceptable airline, airport, or aerospace manufacturer for field work. Minimum 300 hours work required. Pass/Fail.

  • AERO 6100 - Aviation Education Workshop

    3 credit hours

    (Same as YOED 6100.) A fundamental course in aviation education offered through a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to Tennessee educators; designed to provide K-12 educators aviation education classroom strategies and materials. Includes an aircraft flight and a field trip.

  • AERO 6170 - Scheduled Air Carrier Operations

    3 credit hours

    An examination of contemporary problems and issues confronting airline industry policy makers, government regulators, managers, and the traveling public.

  • AERO 6310 - Introduction to Aviation Security

    3 credit hours

    An overview of the aviation security system in the United States, including airport, aircraft operator, and general aviation perspectives. History and development of aviation security along with the role of government in aviation security discussed.

  • AERO 6330 - International Aviation Systems

    3 credit hours

    An in-depth analysis of international aviation with particular attention to U.S. aviation interface. Areas covered include the air traffic control systems, bilateral agreements, nationalized vs. privately owned carriers, ETOPS restrictions, marketing and operational difficulties, etc.

  • AERO 6350 - General Aviation  3 credit hours  

    AERO 6350 - General Aviation

    3 credit hours

    Operations, supervision, and the role of administration in the general aviation industry.

  • AERO 6430 - Human Factors in Aviation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Aerospace or permission of department. Comprehensive look at how human physiology and psychology affect aviation operations. Emphasis placed on how these factors can lead to aviation accidents and the development of safety systems to mitigate human error.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.


Aeronautical Science, Aviation Safety and Security Management Concentration, M.S.

Paul Craig, Program Director
(615) 494-8637
Paul.Craig@mtsu.edu

The Department of Aerospace offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in Aeronautical Science with concentrations in Aviation Education, Aviation Management, and Aviation Safety and Security Management.

Please see the undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions are based on a holistic assessment of an applicant's credentials. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum 3.00 GPA. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) with an acceptable score (typically in the 50th percentile for the test selected) is required. Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional acquaintances and a personal statement are also required. The personal statement should be approximately 400 words and should outline the student's academic interests, potential area(s) of research interest, and professional goals. Undergraduate transcripts must reflect 15 semester hours of aviation coursework. Applicants with undergraduate majors in fields other than aviation will be required to complete AERO 1010 and AERO 1020 during their first semester in the M.S. program and 9 additional hours of undergraduate aviation courses prior to the completion of 21 hours of graduate credit. Applicants holding Federal Aviation Administration certificates may receive credit for AERO 1010 and AERO 1020.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit three letters of recommendation from professors or professionals that address the applicant's potential to successfully complete an M.S. program in Aviation Administration;
  3. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
  4. submit official transcripts of all previous college work.
  5. submit personal statement.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Aeronautical Science with a concentration in Aviation Safety and Security Management requires completion of 36 semester hours. Candidates must select the thesis or non-thesis option.

Candidate must

  1. successfully complete a written comprehensive examination (may be taken no more than twice) usually taken in the semester in which the candidate intends to graduate;
  2. successfully complete a thesis or applied research capstone project.

Curriculum: Aeronautical Science, Aviation Safety and Security Management

Thesis Option (36 hours)

Core Courses (21 hours)

  • AERO 6120 - Aviation History  3 credit hours  

    AERO 6120 - Aviation History

    3 credit hours

    Detailed examination of the development and role of aviation and its economic, social, and political impact on the modern world. Particular emphasis on the global aspects of civilian aviation and the consequences of the transportation revolution it engendered. Specific topics analyzed in detail each semester.

  • AERO 6130 - Aviation Safety Management

    3 credit hours

    An examination of the various programs which airport operators employ in operating and maintaining airport safety and security services. Special emphasis on federal guidelines and their applications at commercial service airports.

  • AERO 6150 - Aviation Industries

    3 credit hours

    An overview of domestic and international air transportation businesses. Includes an analysis of extant and forecast labor requirements.

  • AERO 6610 - Introduction to Aerospace Research

    3 credit hours

    Emphasis on research as a significant component of graduate study to include methods, procedures, style, and form.

  • AERO 6611 - Applied Statistics in Aerospace Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 6610 with minimum grade of C. Designed to integrate statistics and complement AERO 6610. Introduction to inferential statistics, including parametric and nonparametric, and descriptive statistics using specific examples from research in aerospace. Only statistics most commonly used in aerospace/aviation will be covered. General objective is to help students understand applied statistics; specific objective is to show students how to apply statistics specific for research designs used in aerospace/aviation.

  • AERO 6640 - Thesis Research  1 to 6 credit hours  (6 credit hours required)

    AERO 6640 - Thesis Research

    1 to 6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 6610. Selection of a research problem, review of pertinent literature, collection and analysis of data, and composition of thesis. Once enrolled, student should register for at least one credit hour of master's research each semester until completion. S/U grading.

Required Courses (12 hours)

  • AERO 6310 - Introduction to Aviation Security

    3 credit hours

    An overview of the aviation security system in the United States, including airport, aircraft operator, and general aviation perspectives. History and development of aviation security along with the role of government in aviation security discussed.

  • AERO 6320 - Aviation Security II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:  AERO 6310. Provides an in-depth analysis of aviation security including U.S. policy and strategy, passenger and baggage screening, in-flight security, and airport security.

  • AERO 6420 - Aviation Safety Investigation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Aerospace or permission of department. Acquaints students with skills and procedures used in aviation accident and incident investigation. Exposure to accident investigation management techniques, the information collection process, interviewing procedures, human factors, safety analysis, and investigation reporting. Emphasis placed on using safety investigation data to develop safety improvements.

  • AERO 6430 - Human Factors in Aviation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Aerospace or permission of department. Comprehensive look at how human physiology and psychology affect aviation operations. Emphasis placed on how these factors can lead to aviation accidents and the development of safety systems to mitigate human error.

Electives (3 hours)

  • AERO 6050 - Aerospace Internship I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Consent of department chair. Student employed by an acceptable airline, airport, or aerospace manufacturer for field work. Minimum 300 hours work required. Pass/Fail.

  • AERO 6170 - Scheduled Air Carrier Operations

    3 credit hours

    An examination of contemporary problems and issues confronting airline industry policy makers, government regulators, managers, and the traveling public.

  • AERO 6220 - Environmental Policy

    3 credit hours

    Airport planning and land use programs and procedures as they are currently used within the industry.

  • AERO 6350 - General Aviation  3 credit hours  

    AERO 6350 - General Aviation

    3 credit hours

    Operations, supervision, and the role of administration in the general aviation industry.

  • ET 6010 - Safety Planning  3 credit hours  

    ET 6010 - Safety Planning

    3 credit hours

    Advanced study of planning in occupational safety and health management, including program planning and development methods and techniques as well as various systems approaches to hazard control.

  • ET 6020 - Safety Technology and Engineering

    3 credit hours

    Advanced study of the technical components of occupational workplace hazards, hazards analysis, workplace design, current regulatory requirements, engineering techniques for hazard control, personal protective systems, equipment and techniques. Includes a practical application problem of hazard analysis and control.

  • ET 6070 - Anthropometric Factors in Accident Prevention

    3 credit hours

    The necessity and desirability of a thorough consideration of anthropometric factors when designing facilities and equipment and recognition of those factors most prevalent in accidents.

 

  • INFS 6610 - Information Systems Management and Applications

    3 credit hours

    Focuses on the use of computing resources in managerial context. Students will develop an understanding of issues and implications of information resources and end-user computing as well as develop skills in application of these concepts in a problem-solving oriented microcomputer system environment. NOT open to students with an undergraduate degree in Information Systems and not acceptable for the M.S. in Information Systems.

  • INFS 6720 - Knowledge Management

    3 credit hours

    Strategic value of knowledge as a critical organizational asset, design of effective knowledge management systems, and implementation of knowledge management programs for organizations operating in the highly competitive knowledge economy.

Non-Thesis Option (36 hours)

Core Courses (18 hours)

  • AERO 6120 - Aviation History  3 credit hours  

    AERO 6120 - Aviation History

    3 credit hours

    Detailed examination of the development and role of aviation and its economic, social, and political impact on the modern world. Particular emphasis on the global aspects of civilian aviation and the consequences of the transportation revolution it engendered. Specific topics analyzed in detail each semester.

  • AERO 6130 - Aviation Safety Management

    3 credit hours

    An examination of the various programs which airport operators employ in operating and maintaining airport safety and security services. Special emphasis on federal guidelines and their applications at commercial service airports.

  • AERO 6150 - Aviation Industries

    3 credit hours

    An overview of domestic and international air transportation businesses. Includes an analysis of extant and forecast labor requirements.

  • AERO 6610 - Introduction to Aerospace Research

    3 credit hours

    Emphasis on research as a significant component of graduate study to include methods, procedures, style, and form.

  • AERO 6611 - Applied Statistics in Aerospace Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 6610 with minimum grade of C. Designed to integrate statistics and complement AERO 6610. Introduction to inferential statistics, including parametric and nonparametric, and descriptive statistics using specific examples from research in aerospace. Only statistics most commonly used in aerospace/aviation will be covered. General objective is to help students understand applied statistics; specific objective is to show students how to apply statistics specific for research designs used in aerospace/aviation.

  • AERO 6441 - Applied Research Capstone Project  3 credit hours  (3 credit hours required)

    AERO 6441 - Applied Research Capstone Project

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: AERO 6610 and AERO 6611. Culminating experiences for M.S. in Aeronautical Science candidates desiring professional careers in the aviation industry (non-thesis option). Involves an independently designed investigation of contemporary issues within the aviation industry. Appropriate research methodologies as well as completion of a final project report and presentation required.

Required Courses (12 hours)

  • AERO 6310 - Introduction to Aviation Security

    3 credit hours

    An overview of the aviation security system in the United States, including airport, aircraft operator, and general aviation perspectives. History and development of aviation security along with the role of government in aviation security discussed.

  • AERO 6320 - Aviation Security II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:  AERO 6310. Provides an in-depth analysis of aviation security including U.S. policy and strategy, passenger and baggage screening, in-flight security, and airport security.

  • AERO 6420 - Aviation Safety Investigation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Aerospace or permission of department. Acquaints students with skills and procedures used in aviation accident and incident investigation. Exposure to accident investigation management techniques, the information collection process, interviewing procedures, human factors, safety analysis, and investigation reporting. Emphasis placed on using safety investigation data to develop safety improvements.

  • AERO 6430 - Human Factors in Aviation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Aerospace or permission of department. Comprehensive look at how human physiology and psychology affect aviation operations. Emphasis placed on how these factors can lead to aviation accidents and the development of safety systems to mitigate human error.

Electives (6 hours)

  • AERO 6050 - Aerospace Internship I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Consent of department chair. Student employed by an acceptable airline, airport, or aerospace manufacturer for field work. Minimum 300 hours work required. Pass/Fail.

  • AERO 6170 - Scheduled Air Carrier Operations

    3 credit hours

    An examination of contemporary problems and issues confronting airline industry policy makers, government regulators, managers, and the traveling public.

  • AERO 6220 - Environmental Policy

    3 credit hours

    Airport planning and land use programs and procedures as they are currently used within the industry.

  • AERO 6350 - General Aviation  3 credit hours  

    AERO 6350 - General Aviation

    3 credit hours

    Operations, supervision, and the role of administration in the general aviation industry.

  • ET 6010 - Safety Planning  3 credit hours  

    ET 6010 - Safety Planning

    3 credit hours

    Advanced study of planning in occupational safety and health management, including program planning and development methods and techniques as well as various systems approaches to hazard control.

  • ET 6020 - Safety Technology and Engineering

    3 credit hours

    Advanced study of the technical components of occupational workplace hazards, hazards analysis, workplace design, current regulatory requirements, engineering techniques for hazard control, personal protective systems, equipment and techniques. Includes a practical application problem of hazard analysis and control.

  • ET 6070 - Anthropometric Factors in Accident Prevention

    3 credit hours

    The necessity and desirability of a thorough consideration of anthropometric factors when designing facilities and equipment and recognition of those factors most prevalent in accidents.

  • INFS 6610 - Information Systems Management and Applications

    3 credit hours

    Focuses on the use of computing resources in managerial context. Students will develop an understanding of issues and implications of information resources and end-user computing as well as develop skills in application of these concepts in a problem-solving oriented microcomputer system environment. NOT open to students with an undergraduate degree in Information Systems and not acceptable for the M.S. in Information Systems.

  • INFS 6720 - Knowledge Management

    3 credit hours

    Strategic value of knowledge as a critical organizational asset, design of effective knowledge management systems, and implementation of knowledge management programs for organizations operating in the highly competitive knowledge economy.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.

 

More Information

Test Codes for Middle Tennessee State University

GMAT ACTG - 6ZR-KJ-63
INFS - 6ZR-KJ-37
MBA (Full-time) - 6ZR-KJ-25
MBA (Part-time) - 6ZR-KJ-52
GRE 1466
MAT 1751
Praxis 1466
TOEFL 1466

Contact and Student Information

Wendy Beckman
wendy.beckman@mtsu.edu
615-898-2788

Wendy Beckman
wendy.beckman@mtsu.edu
615-898-2788

Department of Aerospace
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 67
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132


College of Graduate Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 42
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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