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Aeronautical Science M.S.

Middle Tennessee State University
Program overview
36 semester hours
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates




Program description

Aeronautical Science M.S.

The MTSU Department of Aerospace offers three Master of Science in Aeronautical Science 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.

Admission requirements

Admission decisions are based on a holistic assessment of an applicant's credentials. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum 3.00 GPA. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) with an acceptable score (typically in the 50th percentile for the test selected) is required. Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional acquaintances and a personal statement are also required.

English language proficiency

  • TOEFL iBT: 71
  • TOEFL paper-based: 525
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • ITEP: n/a
  • Also accepted:
    • ELS Level 112 (completed)

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Students can now complete any of the master’s concentrations online, as well as on campus.

Tuition fees

International students:

  • Tuition: $26,172 US
  • Room and Board: $12,164 US
  • Total fees: $38,336 US

Domestic students:

Please contact the school for more information about tuition fees.


The MTSU Department of Aerospace offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in Aeronautical Science, with concentrations in Aviation Management, Aviation Education, or Aviation Safety and Security Management.

Career opportunities

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

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Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University is a public university in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Founded in 1911, the university consists of eight undergraduate colleges as well as a college of graduate studies, together offering more than 80 majors/degree programs through more than 35...

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Why study at Middle Tennessee State University

MTSU is recognized for broad, high-quality academic programs, affordable costs and competitive prices, an outstanding teaching faculty, modern infrastructure with new residence halls, academic classrooms, sports facilities, and state of the art facilities, and a welcoming, friendly campus where diversity is appreciated and all students will be valued and respected.

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Middle Tennessee State University

MTSU Box 120 Peck Hall 208
1301 East Main Street
37132 Murfreesboro Tennessee
United States of America

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