Aviation & Transportation, M.S.

Lead the evolution of the transportation industry.

The Master of Science in Aviation and Transportation is designed to offer a multi-faceted approach in preparing graduates for careers in higher education, industry, professional management, government, and other agencies associated with aviation and transportation. This program will study the current transportation industry and that industry’s regulation from a variety of perspectives. Students will develop an appreciation of human factors and the importance of research in decision-making and will develop skills in communication, human resource management, strategic planning for transportation projects, and quality management systems for aviation and transportation safety. This program incorporates the moral and ethical dimensions of decision-making and interpersonal relations in all coursework.

Through coursework, research and industry partnerships, you will earn a comprehensive education and ethical understanding for business and personal success. In fact, recent graduates have gone on to terrific careers at the FAA, Chicago Department of Aviation, Department of Homeland Security, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, AirLiance and American Eagle Airlines as well as in roles as educators.

Program Features:
  • 8-week courses all offered online
  • Complete your degree in 2 years while working full time
  • < 15 students per class for personalized attention
  • Customized curriculum to match your specific career plans
  • Industry-leading and experienced aviation faculty
  • Connections with O'Hare and Midway Airports
Degree Format
The Master of Science in Aviation and Transportation curriculum consists of a total of 36 credit hours, including 24 hours of core coursework, a 3 hour capstone experience and 9 hours of elective coursework from other departments to match your specific career goals, including:
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Public Safety Administration
  • Business Administration
Admission Requirements

All candidates for admission must possess a bachelor’s degree in aviation from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or in a major in a related field. Individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated area but have work experience in aviation and/or transportation industries may also apply. The applicant’s overall undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. In special cases, the GPA may be calculated on the most recent 60 semester hours of coursework. Additionally, applicants must submit:

  1. A completed application (along with a nonrefundable application fee).
  2. Academic transcripts from each institution attended.
  3. A one-to-two page personal statement describing the applicant’s background and how the degree relates to the applicant’s career goals.
  4. Two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s likely success in the program.

When the application materials are complete, they will be forwarded to the University Graduate Council. The Council has the final say in graduate admissions. After Graduate Council review, the applicant will then be informed in writing of its decision.

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Student Talk

  • Master of Science in Aviation; Aviation and Transportation degree Julius Keller Operations Management, Knight Transportation

    "My experience at Lewis University has improved my life dramatically. The courses offer real-life application, and are making me a better person, both professional and personally. Plus, I really enjoy the aviation industry, and see the current challenges as opportunities for visionary thinking and leadership."

  • Master of Science in Aviation; Aviation and Transportation degree Natalie Kasak

    "Even with the online format, it still feels like a traditional classroom experience – all of the professors are heavily involved in classroom discussions. And I love being able to get the work done on my own time."

  • Master of Science in Aviation; Aviation and Transportation degree Ryan Crabbe First Officer, ExpressJet

    "This program has prepared me exceptionally well for my current career path. I can now speak more intelligently with my instructors and coworkers – with a much greater understanding of how airlines work, and the components that go into efficiently running a company."