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Aviation Safety

Master of Science in Aviation Safety
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Master of Science Degree in Aviation Safety

Program Overview

The Master of Science 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 offering an advanced degree in aviation safety. The program has been offered for more than 30 years and graduates have found their 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, aviation consultants, etc. The diverse backgrounds of students coming domestically and from other nations make it a complete learning experience.

The aviation safety program is offered both on campus and 100% online. Students may pursue the degree program exclusively online, on-campus, or a combination of both.  The program is designed for the career development of persons with either an academic or work experience background in either aviation or safety.

Students will develop and adhere to an approved Program Plan of Study.

Graduate Catalog

Program Plan of Study Example

UCM’s Master of Science in Aviation Safety is a two-year experience offered 100% online as a 32 credit hour, non-thesis program or on campus with the choice of doing a thesis or a comprehensive exam. On-campus students wishing to complete the thesis option must declare their intention to do so with the Graduate Coordinator before the end of their first semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate with a Master of Science in 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.
  • Gain an understanding of research methods and how they may be applied to the aviation industry.

The goal of the MS in Aviation Safety is to prepare students for leadership positions within the aviation industry as aviation safety experts.

Admission Criteria

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 lacking a foundational background in aviation may still apply, however, should they be accepted, they would be required to take a minimum of nine credit hours of aviation specific course work prior to beginning the graduate plan of study.

The application to graduate studies is a two-step process. Students apply online on UCM’s website and all documents/materials are submitted to the Graduate and International Studies Services office as per the laid-out instructions. After an initial evaluation, the application files meeting the admission requirements for graduate studies are forwarded to the Aviation Department. The Department, after carefully examining the credentials, makes an admission decision regarding acceptance into the program.

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

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • 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.
  • Professional Resume
  • Two letters of recommendations. They can be academic, professional, or a combination of both.

Note: Exceptions to any of these requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Application Deadlines

Students are accepted in the Fall and Spring semesters only. It is highly recommended to apply as early as possible; however, following are the admission deadlines:

Type of Student



U.S. Citizen or Resident (on-campus)

May 30

October 31

U.S. Citizen or Resident (online)

July 15

November 15

International (on-campus)

March 31

September 30

International (online)

June 15

November 17

Note: Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Graduate Assistantships & Student Workers

The Department of Aviation offers opportunities for funding and experience through graduate assistantships or student worker positions. A graduate assistantship is designed to provide support to a graduate student as they serve in an assistive role within the department. Graduate assistants are compensated for their services.  These positions are available to both domestic and international students based on departmental need and availability. Student workers render services within the department or at the university’s Skyhaven Airport for a defined number of hours per week and compensated accordingly.  These positions are available based on departmental need and availability.For more information visit university's jobs webpage.


In addition to the graduate assistantship and student worker opportunities the university also offers general scholarships.  More information on scholarships can be found on the university’s scholarship webpage.

Contact Information

Prospective students are encouraged to contact:

Graduate School and International Admissions
(660) 543-4621or (877) 729-8266


Graduate Program Coordinator
Mr. Matthew Furedy
Department of Aviation
T.R. Gaines, 210, Warrensburg, MO 64093