Master of Science (MS) in Aviation
Earn a master's of science in aviation. Train for advanced leadership positions.
Aviation is booming, and so are opportunities for qualified professionals. Spurred by population trends and business needs, the industry continues to experience robust growth.
By 2036, the number of air passengers is expected to reach 7.8 billion -- nearly double the current amount. Managing this vital, complex industry requires a unique blend of general and specialized business expertise.
The Master of Science (M.S.) in Aviation degree program is designed to meet the growing needs of today’s business and government environments where Aviation is now a major business consideration. The M.S. in Aviation provides advanced graduate-level management education where the latest Aviation concepts are reviewed and analyzed with a laser focus. Throughout the program, the latest technological developments, applications, and considerations in the aviation industry are explored and applied to real-life industry challenges. Students will learn optimum methods and techniques to define resources and associated risks at an executive level in order to maintain profitability, manage work effectively and efficiently, and ensure customer satisfaction.
This program prepares students for real-world situations in a multitude of industries including government work, airlines, air traffic control, aviation safety, logistics, manufacturers, and sales.
- Assistant Vice President - average salary, $107,0181
- Aviation Director of Operations - average salary, $122,8061
- Vice President, Avionics - national average salary, $168,280/Washington, DC Area average salary, $167,8111
- Managing Director, Aviation - median salary, $170,0552
- Airport Director, Corporate Marketing Officer - average salary, Airport Director, Corporate Marketing Officer3
- Aviation Industry Senior Strategist - average salary, $87,6421
Capitol Technology University has assembled a network of our nation’s top experts to educate you—the new generation of aviation and unmanned systems planners, architects, designers, engineers, and operators. This network includes the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), a British organization dedicated to the global aerospace community and the professional development of its members. As a corporate partner of RAeS, the university is able to provide the opportunity for international networking, debate, resources, and professional development.
Our programs provide practical experience
At Capitol, we believe online learning can equal and even surpass a traditional classroom environment. We provide our online learners with virtual labs and a state-of-the-art instructional delivery platform. With our program, you’ll gain the interaction and hands-on practice you need to develop your potential.
Capitol has built a strong track record of providing high-quality academic programs that respond to emerging industry needs, from business analytics to cybersecurity.
Program is 100% online
Our master’s in aviation is offered 100% online. Once you are accepted, all you need is an Internet connection and you can attend class. We keep the classes small so you receive personalized attention from faculty who are interested in sharing their knowledge and helping you succeed.
Capitol Tech Opportunities
You’ll work with faculty mentors to develop a major research project or business proposal that demonstrates your mastery of program curriculum and provides prospective employers with evidence of your knowledge and experience.
Dr. Richard Baker
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
Dr. Richard Baker is Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at Capitol Technology University. He previously served as associate professor in Indiana State University’s Department of Aviation Technology, and as executive director of the Center for Unmanned Systems and Human Capital Development. Richard holds a BS in mathematics and an MS in computer science from Indiana State University. He received his doctorate in information systems from Nova Southeastern University.Contact Dr. Richard Baker
Dr. Ian McAndrew
Dean of Doctoral Programs
An internationally recognized leader in research and expert on low-speed flight, Dr. McAndrew has five degrees: a PhD, two master’s degrees and two bachelor’s degrees. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Dr. McAndrew chairs several international conferences and journals and is invited to give keynote speeches all over the world. He started his career in the automotive industry as an engine designer, and has worked at several universities across the globe. Dr. McAndrew is Dean of doctoral programs at Capitol Technology University. An external examiner on the world wide stage (UK USA, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Japan, Australia, Greece and Kenya) his experience includes over 115 successful Doctorate successes.
Dr. Steve McCaskey
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. McCaskey developed a solid background in aviation during his twenty years in the United States Navy. As a C-130 and P-3 Flight Engineer with over 5,000 flight hours, he became an expert in aircraft systems, weight and balance, emergency procedures, aircraft flight profiles, safety of flight, and aircrew flight equipment. This considerable systems knowledge allowed him to obtain an FAA Airframes and Power Plant license.
Market Demand for Aviation
Those who earn a master of science in aviation pursue careers as:
- Assistant Vice President, Aviation
- Director of Operations
- Vice President, Avionics
- Managing Director, Aviation
- Corporate Marketing Officer
- Aviation Industry Senior Strategist
Generally, to apply to a graduate degree program, you should have completed a bachelor's degree or be completing a bachelor's degree prior to enrollment and should have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher.
Some master of science programs have additional technical competency requirements.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition rates are subject to change.
The following rates are in effect for the 2021-2022 academic year, beginning in Fall 2021 and continuing through Summer 2022:
- 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 2020-2021 masters tuition and fees, click here.