College of Aeronautics Florida Institute of Technology

College of Aeronautics Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL
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6 Departments and Programs
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Florida Tech's College of Aeronautics Prepares Students for Exciting Careers in All Facets of the Aviation Industry

The Master of Science in Aviation (MSA) is designed to help meet the professional growth needs of persons interested in a wide range of aviation careers. The degree is especially relevant for those who have earned a baccalaureate degree in aviation and those who have worked in the aviation field and now require more specialized knowledge. Two areas of emphasis are currently offered: the airport development and management option and the applied aviation safety option.

Persons interested in careers in airport or airline management, airport consulting, and governmental organizations involved in the management or regulation of airports will be interested in the airport development and management option, which is designed to offer specialization in the management and operation of airports. Modern airport management requires a unique set of skills that cross traditional corporate lines into government regulation and oversight, public finance, public administration, urban planning, environmental protection, security, flight safety, contract management, airspace management, and a host of other disciplines. This degree option helps place all of these disciplines in context and prepares professionals for demanding but uniquely rewarding careers.

The applied aviation safety option places emphasis on aviation safety, accident investigation, technical aviation consulting, and educational, regulatory, or investigative positions in governmental or trade organizations. This option is designed to broaden knowledge in a variety of technical areas of aviation. Modern accident investigators, consultants, government employees, teachers, and researchers often need to be able to assimilate and interpret aviation information from a variety of specialists and to apply this information to the resolution of complex problems and issues. The degree option prepares professionals to understand, integrate, and use information derived from such diverse fields as aviation physiology, avionics, electronics, human factors, and meteorology.

Also offered is a special PhD program in Science Education with an Aviation focus. "Human factors" refers to the field of study that attempts to identify the principles of human/machine interaction, and attempts then to apply these principles to the design and operation of engineered systems. Thus, the field is both a rigorous research domain rooted in cognitive, physiological and engineering theory, and an applied science with an intimate and direct connection to the operational world.

Although the range of engineered systems of interest in human factors is very wide, this degree concentrates on aviation-related human factors studies. Such studies range from aircraft cockpit design and aircraft maintenance methods and procedures to complex ground-based entities such as the National Airspace System. Human factors is now recognized as an indispensable component of systems design and evaluation, accident investigation and prevention, simulation, training, procedures development and system performance testing. Considerable research is being conducted in this field by government and private entities around the world.

The College of Aeronautics also offers a Ph.D. in Aviation Sciences. The interactions between humans and aircraft technology are becoming more complex than ever, and students in the aviation sciences Ph.D. program are on the forefront of research and understanding of this important relationship. Doctoral graduates move on as consultants and industry experts to tackle the problems of pilot shortages, fluctuating fuel prices, dynamic customer bases, green airport design and more.

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Location & Contact

College of Aeronautics

Florida Institute of Technology

150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901-6975
United States

Dr. Korhan Oyman


Phone: 321-674-8971
Fax: 321-674-7368

Ms. Cheryl Brown

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 321-674-7581
Fax: 321-723-9468

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Aviation Sciences Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Aviation Human Factors Master of Science (MS)
    • Human Factors In Aeronautics Master of Science (MS)
    • Aviation Safety Master of Science in Aviation (MSA)
    • Applied Aviation Safety Master of Science in Aviation (MSA)
    • Airport Development And Management Master of Science in Aviation (MSA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 38
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


47% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 78
    • Accepted 37
    • Acceptance Rate 47
    • Enrolled 15
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic Not Reported
    • Application Fee - International Not Reported
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline April 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline September 30th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, minimum GPA of 3.0, 3 letters of recommendation, and resume, statement of objectives
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, minimum GPA of 3.2; master's degree in an aviation field (for international applicants)
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, tuition remissions

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students45
    • Female Percentage24%
    • Male Percentage76%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students45
    • Part-time Percentage18%
    • Full-time Percentage82%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American14%
    • White / Caucasian68%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown8%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty10
    • Full-time Percentage80%
    • Part-time Percentage20%
    • Female Percentage30%
    • Male Percentage70%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchAircraft cockpit design, medical human factors, operating room human factors, hypobaric chamber operations and effects, aviation professional education
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$138,016