What will I learn?

The Doctor of Aviation is designed to prepare working professionals in aviation with the capacity and experience needed to make scholarly contributions that enhance and promote practice within the aviation profession and to assume leadership positions within their organization. The focus of the Av.D. is applied and intended for the practitioner, with the dissertation research typically involving a practical field problem oriented for business/industry practitioners. The program is cohort-based, with new cohorts entering the program each fall term and is designed so cohorts can complete the program in as few as three years with the last year dedicated to the dissertation component.

Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Aviation is conferred on students who successfully complete a minimum of 42 semester credit hours beyond the master's degree.


AVS 5000 Quantitative Reasoning and Modeling
AVS 5430 Strategic Analysis in Aviation Using Game Theory
AVS 6301 Fundamentals of Research in Aviation
AVS 6302 Research and Statistics 1
AVS 6303 Research and Statistics 2
AVS 6304 Survey and Qualitative Research Methodologies
AVS 6305 Readings in Aviation Research
AVS 6310 Special Topics Seminar
The remainder of the requirements includes at least 18 semester credit hours of AVS 6999 Dissertation, with at least 15 semester credit hours earned beginning in the semester when the student is accepted to candidacy.

Comprehensive Examination Requirement

Written and oral comprehensive exams must be completed in the same semester. The doctoral comprehensive examinations are given once a year during the summer term.

Which department am I in?

Florida Institute of Technology

Study options

Online/Distance (Minimum of 42 semester credit hours beyond the master’s degree)

Tuition fees
USD $1,050 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected August 2021

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree at Florida Tech typically hold both a bachelor's and master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.2 in prior graduate coursework in order to be considered for admission to a Florida Tech doctoral degree program.

For international students

An applicant to the program must have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in an aviation-related field with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. The applicant also must be a full-time working professional in the aviation/aerospace industry. International applicants must hold a master’s degree in an aviation-related field from an international institution that provides suitable preparation for doctoral­-level studies, and be a full-time working professional in the aviation/aerospace industry. In addition to the application, applicants must submit undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of objectives and a resume.

Students whose home language is not English are considered to have demonstrated English language proficiency if they have done any of the following:

Taken an Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with an earned score of at least 79, an IELTS with an earned score of at least 6.0, a PTE Academic with an earned score of at least 58, a Cambridge English: Advanced with an earned score of at least 180 (Grade of C), an official Florida Tech TOEFL (paper-based) with an earned score of at least 550. Application Deadlines: Fall - June 8; Spring - Oct. 14.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

Florida Institute of Technology is an internationally recognized institution providing a variety of degrees taught by industry-leading faculty.

  • One of the most internationally diverse student bodies in U.S
  • Outstanding reputation for STEM subjects
  • Provides scholarships to most students
  • Located in sunny Melbourne, Florida