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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 effectivity 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

1. Salary based upon 2020 Glassdoor salary data

2. Salary based upon 2020 Salary.com data

3. Salary based upon 2020 PayScale salary data

Why Capitol?

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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. 

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We’re industry-focused

Capitol has built a strong track record of providing high-quality academic programs that respond to emerging industry needs, from business analytics to cybersecurity.

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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

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Capstone Project

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.

Key Faculty

Richard Baker

Dr. Richard Baker

Director of Master’s Programs

Dr. Richard Baker is director of master’s 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.  

Ian McAndrew

Dr. Ian McAndrew

Dean of Doctoral Programs

An internationally recognized leader in aerodynamics 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. An external examiner on the world wide stage (UK USA, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Japan, Australia, Greece and Kenya) his experience includes over 80 successful Doctorate successes.

Dr. Steve McCaskey

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. 

Career Opportunities

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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

Degree Details


Curriculum

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 2020-2021 academic year, beginning in Fall 2020 and continuing through Summer 2021:

  • 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.

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