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What will I learn?

Florida Tech’s College of Aeronautics is consistently recognized as offering one of the best university-based aviation programs in the country. In keeping with this notable distinction, Florida Tech’s PhD aviation sciences degree is one of the first doctoral aviation programs in the nation, and is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International.

Designed to prepare students with an understanding of the critical issues facing the industry, the aviation sciences PhD program incorporates a combination of theory and practice related to aviation human factors, aviation safety, and airport management and development. As interactions between humans and aircraft technology become more complex, students working for an aviation sciences degree research, analyze, and explore solutions in this important relationship.

Dynamic Learning Environment

Classes for students earning an aviation sciences degree from Florida Tech are part of a dynamic and flexible learning environment, with classes conveniently held in the evening hours so that working professionals can balance workplace and academic obligations. Students often travel to national conferences, publish research in respected aviation journals, and find graduate student assistantships or adjunct teaching opportunities.

Experienced Professors Who are Pilots, Researchers, and Industry Professionals

The College of Aeronautics’ faculty is comprised of aviation industry experts including technical and administrative professionals, pilots, and published researchers. Many professors are also respected thought-leaders in a variety of aviation and aeronautics-related disciplines.

Expert Career Preparation

Graduates with a PhD aviation sciences degree work as consultants and industry experts. Airline mergers and airport expansions need aviation-savvy executives and consultants to lead them through the industry challenges, and PhD graduates from Florida Tech are uniquely equipped to fill these positions. Graduates can also continue into academia as a professor to advance research in aviation sciences while teaching the next generation of students about aviation and its complexities.

Which department am I in?

College of Aeronautics

Study options

Full Time (A minimum of 51 semester credit hours beyond the master’s degree)

Tuition fees
USD $1,241 per credit hour

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

Start date

Expected August 2021


Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne Campus,

150 W. University Blvd.,



32901, United States

Online/Distance (A minimum of 51 semester credit hours beyond the master’s degree)

Tuition fees
USD $1,241 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 doctoral program in aviation sciences must have a master’s degree from an accredited institution in aviation, engineering, science, technology, education or an equivalent field with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. The applicant should have enough practical experience to qualify as a professional in the aviation field. Ideally, this would equate to at least three full years of work experience in the aviation industry, government or higher education. International applicants must hold a master’s degree in one of the above fields from an international institution that has provided suitable preparation for doctoral-level studies.

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