The mission of the Ph.D. in Aviation program is to produce outstanding scholars for careers in research and teaching in the aviation field. At Embry-Riddle, Ph.D. in Aviation students take part in a rigorous, research-driven program that pushes them to their greatest potential.
This is accomplished by focusing on Program Educational Goals. They are:
The program consists of 60 credit hours above a Master's degree, will come from online courses designed to provide Ph.D. students with Aviation knowledge in their selected specialization, dissertation work, and on campus residencies.
Students tailor the program to match their interests by choosing one of three specializations: Aviation Safety and Human Factors, Operations, or Intradisciplinary. Specializations allow students to focus their area of study with flexibility to explore broader interests.
Students are required to complete a minimum of three Residency seminars at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus during the program. Residencies are approximately one week long and occur in mid-August.
After demonstrating a mastery of core and specialization subject matter by passing the Qualifying Examination, students can then begin the Dissertation, the culmination of studies as an Embry-Riddle student.
Embry-Riddle is the world’s largest aviation-oriented university and has extensive experience in graduate education and leading-edge research.
The Ph.D. in Aviation program draws its faculty from all three campuses of ERAU: Daytona Beach, Florida; Prescott, Arizona; and from the University’s Worldwide Campus.
The doctoral faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized scholars in aviation and closely related disciplines and in research methods. These faculty members have extensive teaching, research, and publication records in their disciplines. Faculty members also participate in professional development to build their skills as instructional designers and facilitators and work with exceptional instructional designers to develop rigorous, engaging, and meaningful courses.
We welcome you to apply to the Ph.D. in Aviation program. The Ph.D. application process is competitive, with limited positions in the program available. Students are admitted only during the fall term each year with the residency seminar occurring in August and the term beginning September 7.
The application package is considered an indication of your ability to perform in a challenging, professional environment. It should be carefully and thoroughly prepared.
The Admissions Committee carefully considers all applications completed by February 1.
To be considered for the Ph.D. in Aviation, students must prove themselves to be proficient, motivated, and experienced. To do so, they must write several essays, as well as meet educational requirements and have the recommendation of several respected professional and academic peers or mentors.
Once the application has been completed, the Ph.D. Admissions Committee will review the materials using predetermined standards and make admissions recommendations to the Chair of the Department of Doctoral Studies. Admissions requirements represent the minimum standards typically achieved by our students.
We welcome and encourage applicants from around the globe! Diversity of background, professions, and thought enrich our classes and the students' learning experience. Students outside of the United States must have their academic transcripts professionally evaluated and must demonstrate English proficiency.
Earning a Ph.D. in Aviation from Embry-Riddle comes with costs, but we’ve worked to make it as easy as possible for students to receive assistance and pay for their tuition and other expenses.
Veterans are eligible to receive Financial Aid through several federal programs, and other students can receive aid from the government and private lenders.
We also break down the Estimated Cost of Attendance to see what expenses to expect during an online semester or on-campus residency.
Finally, we accept credit cards and personal checks as Payment Options, which can be made online, by mail, or by telephone call.
Many students successfully earn financial assistance from external organizations in the form of tuition assistance, scholarships, and grants.
Financial assistance is available for students wishing to pursue the doctoral program to help meet educational costs via a number of programs.
We break down the semester costs associated with working toward your Ph.D. in Aviation, whether paying tuition for terms or for the annual residencies.