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Master of Commercial Aviation

The Master of Commercial Aviation (MCA) program is a 30-hour credit-hour degree program accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and offered entirely online; some students may not visit the campus until the graduation ceremony. This program is especially popular with professionals already established in aviation careers, since they can complete degree requirements on their own schedule.

The purpose of the program is to provide students with a focused understanding of aviation concepts and operations. The program is oriented toward aviation management and aviation education.

MCA Brochure

Entry Requirements

Full admission to the Master of Commercial Aviation program is granted to an applicant who:

-has earned a baccalaureat degree which is fully accredited by one of the recognized accrediting agencies, and meets all other requirements for admission to graduate school

-has earned at least a 3.0 grade point average in the baccalaureate degree.

Provisional admission may be afforded a student who does not have a 3.0 overall undergraduate quality point average or an undergraduate aviation core quality point average. Full admission is generally granted upon completion of 9 hours with a quality point average of 3.0; students may not exceed 9 hours of graduate credit when provisional in status. Students may be granted non-degree admission if they have not been granted full or provisional admission. They are admitted with non-degree watch-care status to improve credentials and and to meet full admission requirements. Not more than 9 semester hours earned while in non-degree status may be applied to the Master of Commercial Aviation degree.  The grades earned while in the non-degree status must be B (3.0 GPA) or better.


Degree Requirements

A candidate for the Master of Commercial Aviation degree must:

-fulfill the general requirements for a graduate degree at Delta State University

-complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credits in core courses in aviation (comparable course in statistics from an accredited graduate program may be substituted for CAV605)

-earn a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the major field and overall.

Note: A thesis is not required for a Master of Commercial Aviation.

There is no out of state tuition for students in the Master of Commercial Aviation Program. Tuition for the MCA is assessed at the Graduate Mississippi Resident rate. Current Tuition and fees are found on the link below:

Tuition & Fees

Note: Students enrolled in more than 13 hours of graduate level courses will be assessed an overload fee.

Curricula

Semester
Credits
Course
Description
Fall
3
CAV 605: Methods of Research and Statistics in Aviation Development of library skills, analysis of types of research, investigation of research design; introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics.
Fall
3
CAV 610: Advanced Human Factors in Aviation and the Aerospace Industry The study of individual and group behavior and interaction in the aviation and aerospace industry.
Spring
3
CAV 620: Airline Management The study and research principles and practices in airline management in a post deregulation environment.
Spring, Summer
3
CAV 630: Aviation’s Regulatory Environment Examination of federal, state, local, industry, and self-imposed regulations pertaining to the operation of general and commercial aviation.
Spring
3
CAV 640: Airport Planning, Development and Operation Study of processes used in planning and design, development, operation, and funding of multiple classifications of airports. The relationship and interaction between owners, management, and tenants. Security, emergency services, and environ­mental concerns in daily operations.
Fall
3
CAV 650: Fixed Base Operations Prather, C. D. (2009). General Aviation Marketing and Management (3rd ed.): Operating, Marketing, & Managing an FBO. Krieger: Malabar, FL ISBN 1-57524-301-6
Fall, Summer
3
CAV 660: Advanced Aviation Safety Safety considerations in the design and operation of aircraft and airports. The safety record of the aerospace industry, and the industry’s response to public opinion. Understanding the cost of safety.
Summer
3
CAV 670: Air Cargo and Logistics Management Business practices of air cargo carriers and shippers, including economic and marketing aspects.
Summer
3
CAV 680: Advanced Transportation Systems A study of surface and air transportation modes and how they interact to enhance economic growth worldwide.
Spring, Summer
3
CAV 690: Special Topics in Aviation Business Administration The election to perform a special, directed analysis and/or independent study in an area of particular interest.

Course Sequence and Texts

Fall Term

Course Title
Course Text
CAV 605: Statistics for Aviation Research Pearson, Robert W. (2010). Statistical Persuasion. Sage: Los Angeles. ISBN: 978-1-4129-7496-7 SPSS SOFTWARE purchase link (Students should purchase the SPSS Statistics Base GradPack): OnTheHub
CAV 610: Advanced Human Factors in Aviation and the Aerospace Industry Eduardo Salas & Daniel E. Maurino Human Factors in Aviation. Elsevier Science & Technology 2nd Revised edition
CAV 650: Fixed Base Operations Prather, C. D. (2009). General Aviation Marketing and Management (3rd ed.): Operating, Marketing, & Managing an FBO. Krieger: Malabar, FL ISBN 1-57524-301-6
CAV 660: Advanced Aviation Safety Wood, Richard H. Aviation safety Programs A Management Handbook (Third Edition). Jeppesen-Sanderson, Inc. 55 Inverness Drive east, Englewood, Colorado 80112-5498 ISBN 0-88487-329-3

Spring Term

Course Title
Course Text
CAV 620: Airline Management Dempsey, Paul S. And Laurence E. Gesell. Airline Management: Strategies for the 21st Century 2nd ed. Coast Aire Publications, L.L.C.; 2 edition (October 6, 2006) Hardcover: 1068 pages Language: English ISBN-10: 1890938092. ISBN-13: 978-1890938093
CAV 630: Aviation’s Regulatory Environment Eduardo Salas & Daniel E. Maurino Human Factors in Aviation. Elsevier Science & Technology 2nd Revised edition
CAV 640: Airport Planning, Development, and Operation REQUIRED TEXT: American Association of Airport Executives (2010). AAAE Accreditation and Certification Programs Body of Knowledge Modules 1-4. Alexandria, VA: Author.

The AAAE Body of Knowledge modules are made up of 4 modules covering all aspects of airports and airport management. These are the same modules utilized by individuals preparing for the Certified Member written exam, as well as those preparing for the Accredited Airport Executive written exam and oral exam. By adopting these modules for this class, students will be well-prepared to pass the Certified Member written exam. Those choosing to pay the requisite fee and passing the C.M exam will become Certified Members of the American Association of Airport Executives and be entitled to use the C.M. designation after their name. To order the modules, visit: AAAE Services To learn more about the Certified Member program, visit: AAAE Certified Member ProgramCAV 690: Special Topics in Business AdministrationAmerican Psychological Asociation. Publication Manual of the American Psychology Association (Fifth Edition) ISBN: 1557988102 (spiral-bound edition)


Summer 1 Term

Course Title
Course Text
CAV 670: Air Cargo Text: O’Connor, William E. (Sixth Edition). An Introduction to Airline Economics. Greenwood Publishers, 88 West Post Road, Westport, Ct. 06881 ISBN 0-275-96911-8
CAV 660: Advanced Aviation Safety Wood, Richard H. Aviation Safety Programs: A Management Handbook (Third Edition). Jeppesen-Sanderson, Inc. 55 Inverness Drive east, Englewood, Colorado 80112-5498 ISBN 0-88487-329-3

Summer 2 Term

Course Title
Course Text
CAV 630: Aviation’s Regulatory Environment Hamilton, J. Scott Practical Aviation Law (Fifth Edition) and Practical Aviation Law Workbook (Fifth Edition) ISBN 978-1-56027-776-7 Publisher: Aviation Supplies & Academics
CAV 680: Advanced Transportation Systems Coyle, Novack, Gibson & Bardi (Seventh Edition). Transportation. 2011. South-Western Cengage Learning, Required resource APA Manual Edition/Year : latest Edition Required resource ISBN : 9780324789195
CAV 690: Special Topics in Business Administration American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American Psychology Association (Fifth Edition) ISBN: 1557988102 (spiral-bound edition).

Note: Effective June 1, 2007 we will no longer allow Incomplete (I) or In Progress (IP) grades due to the new version of on-line software. If you are unable to complete the course in the semester registered you will need to withdraw from the course and sign up the next time the course is offered.

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