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Aviation Masters Degree | Aviation Safety Program

Rise up in aviation management jobs with a rare master’s degree only offered at the University of Central Missouri School of Aviation and a handful of other top aviation management colleges. In this unique graduate program, you’ll learn all the ins and outs of aviation safety and become an expert at implementing and managing safety systems for a variety of industries.

Advance your aviation career with classes that fit your lifestyle

You can earn your UCM Aviation master's degree fully online. Professionals in aviation management jobs have many responsibilities. You deserve a graduate program that offers high-quality learning to advance your career without sacrificing the rest of your life.

Aviation Safety master’s students, on average, complete the course requirements in 18 months, but you can choose to pace your progress however it fits with your schedule. No matter how quickly you choose to earn your next Aviation or pilot degree, the best time to start is now.

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Andy Multer, MBA, CFI/CFII/MEI, CM, ACE  
Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator
T.R. Gaines 210 D
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-8175

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1 of 5 Aviation Safety programs in US

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Housed in dedicated School of Aviation

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30+ years of pilot degree alternatives

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95% job or continuing ed placement rate

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$78K to $175K potential starting salary

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Earn your AAAE ACE-SMS certification

What you will study

The Aviation master’s degree program at UCM’s School of Aviation is well-established, having been offered for more than 30 years. In that time, our graduate program has helped launch many successful careers and stayed at the forefront of aviation education. Offering a complete learning experience that rivals any aviation management college, this master’s degree will expand your knowledge and opportunities in the aviation safety industry.

Our graduate program courses will expose you to all facets of aviation safety for a broad-based, in-depth Aviation master’s degree. You’ll be well-prepared to develop, implement and manage safety programs in any aviation environment — including business, industry or government. 

In addition to advancing your career with a master’s degree, you’ll also have the opportunity to earn your AAAE ACE in Safety Management Systems. This rare certification, even for aviation management colleges, will showcase your industry expertise and can help you stand out as you compete for aviation management jobs.


Unique learning opportunities in the School of Aviation

When you study safety aviation at the University of Central Missouri, you will receive a future-focused education that allows you to apply the knowledge and skills critical to aviation safety and aviation management. 

  • Get hands on: Go beyond theory by working on the aircraft training fleet housed at Skyhaven Airport, UCM’s nationally recognized aviation program training facility.
  • Dive in deeper: Learn high-level concepts such as airport planning and design, accident causation theories, the science of aircraft accident investigation and the human factors of flight safety.
  • Build your network: Travel to regional, national and international conferences where you can meet other grad students from other aviation management colleges, network with industry professionals, discover job opportunities and expand your knowledge of aviation safety.

You will also have access to student advising, small class sizes and student organizations to help you get the most out of your aviation management college experience.


What can you do with a degree in Aviation Safety from UCM?

Since the scope of our program curriculum is both wide and deep, you will acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to excel in a variety of aviation management jobs. Offering a different path to a career in aviation than a pilot degree, UCM’s Aviation Safety master’s degree creates opportunities for program graduates in different work settings.

Aviation safety employers

  • Airlines
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Military and civil aviation safety boards
  • Aerospace equipment manufacturers
  • Aviation consulting firms
  • Airport management and design agencies
  • Teaching and training companies

Learn more about aviation management jobs with the interactive tool below. You can feed your curiosity about your future career, including potential salaries, hiring trends and more.




Financial assistance options for your Aviation Safety Masters degree

At the University of Central Missouri, we take pride in keeping our students’ debt burden low. We also have a variety of resources to help you finance your education, such as UCM’s Scholarship Finder

Beyond the scholarships available through the university, you may qualify for funding opportunities specifically for Aviation graduate students expanding their academic pedigree. These include:

  • Airport Minority Advisory Council Foundation Scholarship
  • Norman Lawnick Aerospace Education Scholarship (from the Missouri Pilots Association)
  • Northwest Data Solutions Aviation Safety Management Scholarship

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.


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