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The MTSU Department of Aerospace offers three Master of Science in Aviation Administration concentrations. The Aviation Management concentration is a management and operations-oriented degree program designed in cooperation with industry representatives. Study focuses on airport activities and organizational structures, aviation contracts and leases, and aviation systems management. The Aviation Education concentration is designed to serve students interested in the conduct of aviation education, training, or professional development programs, or in the administration of such programs. Students in this concentration take classes in both the Aerospace Department and MTSU College of Education. The Safety and Security Management concentration is designed to provide students the knowledge and expertise necessary to develop and manage aviation safety and security programs. Studies include safety management systems (SMS), aviation security, aviation safety investigation, and human factors in aviation.
Career
The graduate curriculum at Middle Tennessee State University offers an individually tailored program to meet specific student career goals. Master’s level candidates are prepared for direct entry into the air transportation industry in a variety of specialties. Depending on the coursework chosen and the research thesis topic, graduating candidates may become involved with airport planning and design, environmental policy, safety and security, general aviation, domestic or international scheduled air transportation, or aviation training and education. Some management opportunities with this degree are:

Aerospace manufacturing manager
Air traffic control manager
Air carrier manager
Airport manager
Airport planner/designer
Airport/air carrier security director
Aviation regulations consultant
Aviation trainer/educator
Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector
Fixed Base Operations (FBO) manager
Logistics manager
Transportation Security Administration manager

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

AB Aviation
Allegiant Air
American Airlines
Corporate Flight Management
Delta Airlines
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Express
Lexington Blue Grass Airport
National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA)
Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
Murfreesboro Municipal Airport
Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority
Southwest Airlines
United Airlines
United Parcel Service
U.S. Armed Forces (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy)
Degrees
The MTSU Department of Aerospace offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in Aviation Administration, with concentrations in Aviation Management, Aviation Education, or Aviation Safety and Security Management. Students can now complete any of the master’s concentrations online, as well as on campus.
Aviation Management Concentration
The Aviation Management concentration is a management and operations-oriented degree program which was designed in cooperation with industry representatives (manufacturing, airlines, airport authority, fixed-base operators, and the FAA). Study focuses on airport activities and organizational structures, aviation contracts and leases, and aviation systems management. This master of science degree program requires the completion of 36 semester hours, consisting of an 18 credit hour core, 9 credit hours in the concentration, and 9 credit hours of electives. See the Requirements tab for more information.
Aviation Education Concentration
The Aviation Education concentration is designed to serve students interested in the conduct of aviation education, training, or professional development programs or in the administration of such programs. Students in this concentration take classes in both the Aerospace Department and the MTSU College of Education. This master of science degree program requires the completion of 36 semester hours, consisting of an 18 credit hour core, 12 hours of required courses in the College of Education, and 6 credit hours of electives. See the Requirements tab for more information.
Aviation Safety and Security Management
The Safety and Security Management concentration is designed to provide students the knowledge and expertise necessary to develop and manage aviation safety and security programs. Studies include safety management systems (SMS), aviation security, aviation safety investigation, and human factors in aviation. This degree program requires the completion of 36 semester hours, consisting of an 18 credit hour core, 9 credit hours in the concentration, and 9 credit hours of electives. See the Requirements tab for more information.

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