Graduate Business Programs

Master of Commercial Aviation

About

Delta State University is one of the premier choices for students who desire a career as a pro­fessional pilot. Industry professionals agree that Delta State University graduates display the highest levels of proficiency and professionalism which make them prime candidates for positions in today’s aviation marketplace . Virtually all graduates of Delta State University’s aviation program advance to excellent positions with profes­sional corporate, charter, regional, and major airlines, as well as the military.

The Flight Operations Degree provides stu­dents with the knowledge and skills to pursue a professional pilot career. Through a combination of both classroom and flight training, a student majoring in Flight Operations will acquire the fol­lowing certificates and ratings: Private Pilot In­strument Multi-engine, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, and Certified Instrument Flight Instructor. Training culminates in a Bachelor of Commercial Aviation degree within 4 years.

The Aviation Management Degree prepares students for supervisory and managerial responsi­bilities at all levels in the aviation field including the airlines, air traffic control, and military avia­tion.

The Master of Commercial Aviation program provides students with a focused understanding of aviation concepts and operations. This 30 hour program is oriented towards aviation management and aviation education, and is taught 100% online.

Program Overview

There are two main components to the Commercial Aviation (CAV) Program: flight training and a university degree. For an aspiring pilot, there are many ways to obtain flight training. Likewise, there are plenty of different opportunities and options for a four-year degree. However, the key advantage to training in a university-based system is that these two pursuits are integrated!

Students sign up for flight courses, which lead to academic credit hours as well as pilot certificates or ratings. These flight courses are preceded by specific ground training, which is also monitored by the FAA. Our flight and ground courses are approved by 14 CFR Part 141, which assures a certain level of structure.

At the same time, the program is painstakingly tailored to the college situation, and is delivered in a flexible training environment. In the end, DSU students experience ground and flying courses for all levels leading up to a Commercial Pilot Certificate, with Airplane Single- and Multi-Engine Land Instrument Airplane Ratings, and a Flight Instructor Certificate.

While there are many qualified pilots who have stopped with only this level of training, DSU goes further. The DSU CAV program also integrates a core of classes that enhance flight-oriented training, including classes in engine operations, human factors, and aviation management. These classes, along with the overall college experience, are what make the DSU experience more than just a flight training program, and more than just a degree program. Together they afford students a comprehensive professional pilot training program.

In addition to this comprehensive professional pilot training program, DSU students will experience flight training at college. They attend university courses with other college students with aviation interests. These common interests lead to many positive experiences and developments, which are difficult to find in any other type of environment. DSU has several aviation-related student organizations, including a nationally recognized NIFA-member Precision Flight Team and a chapter of Alpha Eta Rho. Whether the team is winning a regional flying championship or enjoying a cookout at the park, these and other collegiate opportunities open doors for students to enhance leadership skills and to develop contacts that will last for many years.

This system is used successfully in many colleges and universities around the country. When compared to these other institutions, however, DSU stands out in terms of value. Tuition and living expenses are very competitively priced to give students a quality education while keeping overall prices reasonably low.


Cost Information

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 Student Business Services page.

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

Admission Requirements

Full Admission

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

  • Has earned a baccalaureate 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

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 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.

Credits for Ratings

Flight Operations majors admitted to Delta State University prior to 08/01/2009 may receive credit for flight certificates and ratings up to but not including Certified Flight and Instrument Instructor. If a flight student wishes to receive a grade for flight certificates and ratings, that student must enroll in the appropriate ground and flight course and take and pass an Oral and Flight Test to FAA practical test standards (PTS) within the first two weeks of enrolling at DSU, at the student’s expense.

Flight Operations majors admitted to Delta State University after 08/01/2009 may receive credit or grades for Private Pilot only as per the guidelines stated above. Flight Operations majors wishing to transfer FAA certificates/ratings beyond the Private Pilot will be coded as an Aviation Management major rather than Flight Operations major.

Students who enroll to Delta State’s Flight Operations program with incomplete training for certificates or ratings must meet with the Chief Instructor for evaluation of their training records. The Chief Instructor is responsible for evaluating the student and deciding where in the appropriate flight syllabus the student will start their training. Any credit given for flight hours and previous training is the responsibility of Chief Instructor and will be based on the appropriate FAA regulation.

After a student has enrolled in Delta State University’s Flight Operations program, flight time, certificates, and/or ratings earned elsewhere cannot be used to satisfy requirements for a Flight Operations degree.

CAV 250: Private Pilot Ground — 5 Credit Hours
CAV 251: Private Pilot Flight — 3 Credit Hours

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 3rd ed. Coast Aire Publications, L.L.C.; ISBN-10: 1890938149
CAV 630: Aviation’s Regulatory Environment Hamilton, J. Scott Practical Aviation Law & Aerospace Law (Sixth Edition) ISBN 978-1-61954-271-6 and Practical Aviation Law & Aerospace Law Workbook (Fifth Edition) ISBN 978-1-61954-276-1 Publisher: Aviation Supplies & Academics
CAV 640: Airport Planning, Development, and Operation http://www.asa2fly.com/Dr-Daniel-Prather-C649.aspx
CAV 690: Special Topics in Business Administration American Psychological Association. 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 & Aerospace Law (Sixth Edition) ISBN 978-1-61954-271-6 and Practical Aviation Law & Aerospace Law Workbook (Fifth Edition) ISBN 978-1-61954-276-1 Publisher: Aviation Supplies & Academics
CAV 680: Advanced Transportation Systems Coyle, Novack & Gibson (Eighth Edition). Transportation: A Global Supply Chain Perspective. 2015. Cengage Learning, Required resource APA Manual Edition/Year : latest Edition Required resource ISBN : 9781133592969
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.

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.