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Aviation Safety MS

An Advanced Credential for the Aviation Professional

For the aviation professional, a dedication to lifelong learning and excellence are essential. This unique advanced degree provides a broad-based exposure to all facets of aviation safety, as well as the development, implementation and management of aviation safety programs in the business, industry or governmental aviation environments. It also serves as a high-quality capstone credential for the aviation professional.

Your courses in this program are delivered online, face-to-face, or a combination of the two. This means that your courses will work around your busy schedule. Our program advisors will work one on one with you in developing a program of study that meets your needs and professional goals. The MS Aviation Safety is a 33 credit hour program of study and is designed to be completed in a year and a half (9 credit hours during the Fall & Spring semesters and 6 credit hours during the Summer semester). Students who are working full time or ones who are busy with family or military obligations can also choose to pace their progress by taking fewer courses per semester. The choice of workload is up to you.

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Note: Be advised that if you are a student that receives financial aid and or scholarships, there may be a minimum course load you must take to maintain an appropriate status (part-time/full-time). You will need to contact the source of your funding for more information/requirements.

What You Will Study

The Master of Science degree in Aviation Safety at the University of Central Missouri is one of a kind in the nation. UCM is one of the few institutions in the World to offer an advanced degree in aviation safety. The program has been in existence for more than 30 years; and graduates have successful careers in various aviation disciplines including but not limited to academia, aviation regulatory agencies, military/civil aviation safety boards, airlines, airport management/design, aerospace equipment manufacturers, and aviation consulting. The diverse backgrounds of our domestic and international students make it a complete learning experience.

The Master of Science degree in Aviation Safety is offered both on campus and 100% online. Students may pursue the degree exclusively online, on-campus, or a combination of both.  It is designed for the career development of persons who are working, or who desire to work in the aviation industry or in aviation education.

Student Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Aviation Safety will be able to:

  • Apply the knowledge and skills appropriate to aviation safety and aviation management.
  • Understand and use specialized knowledge in aviation safety, and aviation safety program management.
  • Have an understanding of aircraft accident causation theories and the science of aircraft accident investigation.
  • Understand the concept of airport planning and design.
  • Study the physiological and psychological human factors of flight.
  • Enhance his/her written and spoken communication skills.
  • Gain an understanding of research methods and their application to the aviation industry.

Unique Learning Opportunities

You will have several opportunities to become an active member or leader of one of our aviation organizations. Participation with these organizations will provide additional experience in your field of study, meetings with professionals in your field, and exposure to potential job opportunities.

Many of our students travel to regional, national, and international conferences to learn more about their industry and network with professionals.

School of Aviation Student Organizations:

  • Alpha Eta Rho
  • American Association of Airport Executives
  • Missouri Airport Managers Association
  • UCM’s Flight Team
  • Women in Aviation

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Career Choices

Our graduates enjoy successful careers in:

  • Teaching/Training 
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Military/civil aviation safety boards
  • Airline management
  • Airport management/design
  • Aerospace equipment manufacturers
  • Aviation consulting

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Salary Expectations

The salary expectation for careers with this degree range from $78,000 - $165,000.

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Job Market growth

According to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) , the aviation industry is predicted to grow by 4.3% over the next 20 years.

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Admission Requirements

Admissions into the Master of Science in Aviation Safety program is made on a holistic basis. It is expected that students have a basic aviation/aeronautical academic and/or professional background. Students from a background other than aviation may still apply. However, they will be required to complete the Aeronautics Certificate (12 credit hours) prior to acceptance.

The application to graduate studies is a two-step process. Students apply online through the UCM website; and all documents/materials are submitted to the Graduate and International Student Services office, as per the instructions. After an initial evaluation, the application files that meet the admission requirements for graduate studies are forwarded to the School of Aviation. The School will then review the application and make an admission determination.

In addition to the university’s basic graduate admission requirements, the following are additional requirements for acceptance into the MS Aviation Safety program:

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A degree in an aviation related field or at least three years of work experience in aviation.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.70 (based on A=4.00 scale) for all undergraduate work.
  • A Statement of Purpose describing your academic/professional achievements, purpose of continuing graduate studies, and future goals. The length should be strictly between 300-500 words.
  • Two letters of recommendations. They can be academic, professional, or a combination of both.

Note: Exception to any of these requirements may only be approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

For more information on how to apply to UCM’s Graduate Program visit the Graduate & International Student Services or click on the “Apply Online Today” link at the bottom of this page.

Graduate & International Student Services
Ward Edwards 1800
Tel: 660-543-4621

Accelerated Program

Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s degree programs in the UCM School of Aviation provide current undergraduate aviation students the opportunity to substitute graduate courses for required or elective courses in their undergraduate program and then subsequently count those same courses for graduate credit in the MS Aviation Safety program.

Upon admission into the graduate program, students can enroll in graduate courses only after their junior year (90 earned hours). Up to 12 hours of graduate coursework may be taken during the student’s senior year and counted to meet both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree requirements. Students complete the remaining graduate coursework in their fifth year. Students may not enroll in additional graduate courses until their undergraduate degree is completed.

Accelerated MS students may be eligible to include the following courses as overlap between the undergraduate and graduate programs. They would be taken at the Graduate level (5XXX):

  • AVIA 4090 Aviation Law (3)
  • AVIA 4420 Air Transportation (3)
  • AVIA 4430 Corporate Aviation Management (3)
  • AVIA 4500 Aviation Safety (3)

Admission into the Accelerated BS/MS program requires a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher. Visit the School of Aviation’s Graduate Coordinator to find out how to take advantage of this opportunity.


To aid in advancing your aviation education, UCM has many scholoarships that can be requested by applying through UCM’s Scholarship Finder.

Beyond the internal scholoarship available through UCM, there are numerous scholarships are available specifically for aviation majors including;

In addition to the scholoraship opportunities available, a limited number of competitive Graduate Assistantship positions are available for both teaching and research positions for students enrolled in courses on campus. These positions provide opportunities for professional development in addition to a stipend to help cover the costs of your graduate education.

GAs in the School of Aviation get a backstage pass to all activities, trips, conferences, and visitors hosted and attended by faculty within the School. These opportunities help you network with professional organizations and meet influential people while building your resume.

Research GA: The main duty of a research GA is to assist Aviation faculty with their research. GAs are the first students to be introduced to opportunities to get involved in current aviation networking and outreach projects. Working with your professors can open doors for your career and make you competitive in the job market.

Teaching GA: The main duty of a teaching GA is to assist Aviation faculty with a specific lower level undergraduate aviation course. GAs are involved with day to day activities including facilitating discussion sessions and in-class activities.

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