The Master of Commercial Aviation (MCA) program is a 30-hour, fully online degree. The program is especially suited to professionals already established in aviation careers, since it allows students to complete degree requirements on their own schedule. The purpose of the MCA curriculum is to provide students with a focused understanding of aviation concepts, operations, and management.
Full admission to the MCA program may be granted to an applicant who has earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75.
An applicant with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 may be fully admitted but with an academic hold. The student must earn at least a “B” in each of the first three courses to continue in the program.
During the application process, applicants will be asked to submit official transcripts from their previous institutions to Delta State Graduate Admissions. No standardized test scores are required.
We do not charge out-of-state tuition. For details about tuition and fees, click here.
Required Core Courses – 15 semester hours
MGT 605: Human Resource Management*
CAV 610: Advanced Human Factors in Aviation and the Aerospace Industry
CAV 630: Aviation Regulatory Environment
CAV 660: Advanced Aviation Safety
CAV 670: Air Cargo and Logistics Management
*For MGT 605, only register for Section 01 or 11. Sections I33, I34, & I35 are part of our iMBA modules.
Additional Courses – 15 semester hours
CAV 620: Airline Management
CAV 640: Aviation and Airport Planning and Development
CAV 650: Aviation and Airport Operations, Marketing, and Management
CAV 680: Advanced Transportation Systems
CAV 690: Writing in Aviation Business Administration
|Spring (Section 1) Summer I (Section 11)||3||MGT 605: Human Resource Management*||A survey course of the technical and legal aspects of human resources management and employment relations. Topics include human resources planning, recruitment, selection, job design, performance evaluation, training and development, compensation, labor relations, occupational safety and health, and evaluation of personnel.||Required Materials
|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.||Required Materials
Salas, E. & Maurino, D. (Eds). Human Factors in Aviation (2nd ed). Elsevier Science &
Technology: Burlington, MA. ISBN-13: 978-0123745187; ISBN-10: 0123745187
|Spring||3||CAV 620: Airline Management||The study and research of principles and practices in airline management in a post-deregulation environment.||Required Materials
Recommended Supplemental Materials
Dempsey, P. S. & Gesell, L. E. (2006). Airline Management: Strategies for the 21st Century (3rd
ed.). Coast Aire Publications: Chandler, AZ. ISBN-13: 978-1890938093
|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.||Required Materials
Hamilton, J. Scott Practical Aviation Law (Seventh Edition) ISBN 978-1-64425-027-3, and Practical Aviation Law Workbook (Seventh Edition) ISBN 978-1-64425-032-7 Publisher: Aviation Supplies & Academics. APA Manual in the latest edition. Adequate internet connections and basic Microsoft office skills.
|Spring||3||CAV 640: Aviation and Airport Planning and Development||Study of aviation processes used in planning and development in airport/airfield classifications||Required Materials
Prather, C. D. (2015). Airport Management. ASA. ISBN 978-1-61954-209-9
|Fall||3||CAV 650: Aviation and Airport Operations, Marketing, and Management||The study of relationships and interactions in Aviation and Airport operations including marketing, management, security, emergencies, and environmental concerns.||Required Materials
Prather, C. D. (2009). General Aviation Marketing and Management: Operating, Marketing, and
Managing an FBO. 3rd ed. Krieger Publishing, Malabar, FL. ISBN-13: 978-1575243016; ISBN-
|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.||Required Materials
Aviation Safety: A Balanced Industry Approach. ISBN-13: 978-1-4354-8823-6
OR ISBN-10: 1-4354-8823-7. APA Manual in the latest edition. Adequate internet connections and basic Microsoft office skills.
|Summer I||3||CAV 670: Air Cargo & Logistics Management||Business practices of air cargo carriers and shippers, including economic and marketing aspects.||Required Materials
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
|Summer II||3||CAV 680: Advanced Transportation Systems||A study of surface and air transportation modes and how they interact to enhance economic growth world-wide.||Required Materials
Coyle, J.C., Novack, R. A., Gibson, B. J., & Bardi, E. J. (2018). Transportation: A Supply
Chain Perspective (9TH ed). South-Western Cengage Learning: Mason, OH. ISBN-13: 978-
|3||CAV 690: Writing in Aviation Business Administration||Writing and research skills in Aviation Business Administration||Required Materials
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition).
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.