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, 36 of which will come from online courses designed to provide Ph.D. students with Aviation knowledge in their selected specialization.
Students are required to complete a minimum of three six-day Residency seminars at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus during your first three years of the program.
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.
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 August term each year.
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 will review only those applications that have been completed entirely by the February 1 deadline and will carefully evaluate content, applicability, grammar and writing styles.
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 and returned, 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.
Students outside of the United States must have their academic transcripts reviewed by a Credential Evaluation Service approved by Embry-Riddle and must show their English proficiency through the TOEFL exam.
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.
Financial assistance is available for students wishing to pursue the doctoral program to help meet educational costs.
Whether you are taking classes online or staying in Daytona Beach for a residency, we break down the semester costs associated with working toward your Ph.D. in Aviation.