Master of Philosophy in Aeronautical Accident Investigation (M.Phil.)

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Earn a Master of Philosophy degree in Aeronautical Accident Investigation and learn the fundamentals of vessel crash analysis, the human and material factors involved, and the procedural methodology of investigating air and space incidents.

Aeronautical Accident Investigation is an important area of study that explores the forensics behind crash analysis and deciphering “black box” data, both the common and unexpected causes of aeronautical issues, the technical skills needed to troubleshoot equipment, identify hazards, and determine preventative measures to avoid future incidents and reduce financial losses. Professionals in this field are integral to the success of air and space missions and protecting the safety of pilots and crew. They also inform important decision-making that leads to improvements and technological advancements in the field. Capitol Tech has the unique resources and partnerships for students to progress in this field. Students will have opportunities for research collaborations with NASA, WIFA, and other aviation and space organizations. The university’s proximity to the nation’s technology hub of Washington, D.C. and the DMV, prospective students will find many internships and job opportunities available to them with leaders of the industry.

The M.Phil. in Aeronautical Accident Investigation program is structured for experienced professionals in the Aeronautical Accident Investigation field with an appropriate undergraduate degree and professional experience. During the program, students will conduct original research in an approved area of Aeronautical Accident Investigation in commercial, civil, and general aviation.  

For continued study, there are several Ph.D. tracks in Aviation and Astronautical Sciences offered at our university. 

Why Capitol?

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Expert faculty guidance throughout your education

You’ll receive the guidance you need to successfully complete your master’s research and build knowledge in the field. 


Strong partnerships lead to career development

Capitol has established strong partnerships with NASA, WIFA, and other organizations to ensure that our students have access to the best resources and networking opportunities to develop their career. 

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Program is 100% online

This degree program is 100% online. Students will conduct their studies in virtual labs on a state-of-the-art instructional delivery platform to gain the interaction and hands-on practice needed to develop their potential.

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Career Opportunities

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Market demand for Aeronautical Accident Investigation expertise

Get your degree in a rapidly growing field with an increasing demand for talented and dedicated professionals.

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A degree in a cutting-edge industry

Graduates will contribute significantly to the Aeronautical Accident Investigation field through the creation of new knowledge and ideas. Get the necessary credentials to take on a leadership role of researcher, speaker, author, or trusted technical expert.

Degree Details


The completion of the M.Phil. in Aeronautical Accident Investigation program requires the student to produce, present, and defend a master's dissertation after receiving the required approvals from the student’s Committee and the M.Phil. Review Board, which consists of the Dean and a senior academic with external expertise as needed and the M.Phil. Review Board. 

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change.

The following rates are in effect for the 2022-2023 academic year, beginning in Fall 2022 and continuing through Summer 2023:

  • The per credit charge for graduate courses:
    • Online or satellite campus (per credit) - $630, plus fees (information technology and other applicable fees)
    • Independent study (per credit) - $877, plus fees (information technology and other applicable fees)
  • The active duty military tuition rate is $350 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
  • The retired military tuition rate is $530 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
  • There is no charge for online application, $40 fee for paper application

For 2023-2024 masters tuition and fees, click here.

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