Master of Commercial Aviation (Online)

Our Online Commercial Aviation Master’s Program Can Take You to New Heights

Delta State University’s Master of Commercial Aviation program is tailored for working professionals who are looking to advance their careers in the aviation industry. The program is fully online, providing flexibility for those who need to balance work and personal commitments while pursuing their education. Our faculty comprises experienced professionals from reputable organizations such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).

The program is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of aviation concepts, operations, and management, and covers topics such as aviation safety, human resource management, and airline management. Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of professionals who already have experience in the aviation industry, but an undergraduate degree in aviation is not required for admission. With the aviation industry experiencing significant growth, Delta State’s Master of Commercial Aviation program offers an excellent opportunity for working professionals to take their careers to the next level.




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Why Get an Online Aviation Master’s Degree at DSU?

Delta State’s aviation master’s degree online program is ideal for professionals already established in aviation careers. With a 30-hour curriculum that covers essential topics such as aviation safety, human resource management, and airline management, this program provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to advance their careers in the industry. Here are some reasons why DSU’s MCA degree is the perfect choice for those seeking to take their aviation careers to the next level:

  • Applications accepted year-round
  • Flexible enrollment
  • Part-time scheduling
  • Online student advisement
  • Complete at your own pace

What Can I Do With a Master’s Degree in Aviation?

A Master of Commercial Aviation degree from Delta State University opens up a range of exciting and rewarding career opportunities in the aviation industry. Graduates of our program are equipped with the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary to excel in a variety of roles, from airline management and operations to air traffic control and aviation safety. With a curriculum that covers key topics such as human resource management, aviation regulatory environment, air cargo & logistics management, and advanced transportation systems, our program prepares students for a diverse range of roles within the aviation industry. Our experienced industry faculty bring real-world expertise to the classroom, providing students with insights into the latest trends and challenges facing the industry.

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At Delta State University, we understand the importance of affordable education. While we currently do not offer scholarships specifically for our Master of Commercial Aviation program, we do offer an affordable tuition rate with no additional fees for out-of-state students. In addition, we work closely with students to identify and apply for federal and state financial aid programs, as well as student loans and state scholarships. We are committed to providing our students with all of the tools necessary to succeed in the aviation industry, including access to affordable education and financial support.

Program Goals

Delta State University’s Master of Commercial Aviation program is designed for aviation professionals and is focused on providing students with a deep understanding of aviation concepts, operations, and management, and the curriculum. Firstly, the program aims to provide students with a rigorous education in commercial aviation, covering everything from aviation management to flight operations. Secondly, the program aims to help students develop critical thinking skills, strong communication abilities, and a deep understanding of the operational and regulatory landscape of the aviation industry. Finally, the program seeks to provide students with a range of professional opportunities after graduation. Delta State’s goal is to prepare its graduates to be successful professionals in the aviation industry. By achieving these goals, Delta State hopes to create a pipeline of well-qualified, successful professionals in the commercial aviation industry.

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Admission Requirements

Admission to the online Master of Commercial Aviation program at Delta State University is designed to be as accessible as possible. To be considered for full admission, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.75. However, we understand that applicants may have unique circumstances, so we also offer provisional admission with an academic hold for those with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5. To make the application process even easier, we do not require any standardized test scores for admission. This means you can focus on showcasing your academic and professional achievements rather than preparing for an additional exam.

Full admissions requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 for full admission.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 for provisional admission with an academic hold.
    • “B” or higher in the first three courses required for those with provisional admission.
  • Official transcripts from all previous institutions required during application process.
  • No standardized test scores required for admission.


The following courses are required to complete the Master of Commercial Aviation.

Course Number Course Title Credit Semester
MGT 605 Human Resource Management 3 Spring (Section 01)
Summer I (Section 11)
CAV 610 Advanced Human Factors in Aviation and the Aerospace Industry 3 Fall
CAV 620 Airline Management 3 Spring
CAV 630 Aviation’s Regulatory Environment 3 Spring/Summer II
CAV 640 Aviation and Airport Planning and Development 3 Spring
CAV 650 Aviation and Airport Operations, Marketing, and Management 3 Fall
CAV 660 Advanced Aviation Safety 3 Fall/Summer I
CAV 670 Air Cargo & Logistics Management 3 Summer I
CAV 680 Advanced Transportation Systems 3 Summer II
CAV 690 Writing in Aviation Business Administration 3 Spring/Summer II
TOTAL 30  

Degree Requirements

A candidate for the Master of Commercial Aviation degree must:

  1. Fulfill the general requirements for a graduate degree at Delta State University;
  2. Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit as specified by the program curriculum.

Applicants with previous graduate credit may transfer up to 12 hours toward the MCA degree, pending approval by the graduate program coordinator and department chair. Applicants with documentation of relevant military training, courses, or credit may be eligible for up to 12 hours of transfer credit, which will be evaluated according to American Council on Education (ACE) standards.

For more information on degree requirements, specifics on courses needed to complete the degree, and policies, consult the Graduate Academic Catalog.

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