The Aviation and Transportation Studies Department offers a Bachelor's to Master's Fast Track Option for Lewis University undergraduate Aviation majors. The Fast Track Option allows qualified undergraduates to complete the graduate MSAT (Master of Science in Aviation and Transportation) in less time than would be possible if the two programs were taken separately. Nine graduate hours will be used both to complete the Bachelor's degree (128 hours) and to satisfy specific course requirements for the Master's program. The total number of required graduate credits (36) will remain the same. Students apply for admission to the Fast Track Option by submitting both the department application form and the Block Tuition Exemption form to the Program Director of the MSAT when they reach senior status (complete 90 credits) and have achieved an overall GPA of 3.0. Qualified students approved for the Fast Track Option may apply financial aid to graduate courses and are exempt from the 18-hour block. With planning, the MSAT could be awarded within one year of graduating with the Bachelor's degree. Students who take 9 credit hours of selected graduate core courses in Aviation and Transportation in their senior year will have to complete only 27 more credit hours to earn the MSAT: 15 credit hours of core graduate courses; 9 credit hours of graduate electives; and 3 credit hours of capstone experience. Students accepted into this Fast Track Option will be required to apply for admission to the MSAT.
Graduate core courses that may be taken in the senior year during the Fall and Spring semesters (up to a maximum of nine credit hours) in the Fast Track Option are listed below:
With permission of the Chair of the Aviation and Transportation Studies Department, one to three of the graduate courses above may be applied to one of the undergraduate majors in the Aviation and Transportation Studies curriculum but only if the student has been approved for the Aviation Fast Track Option.