Expand your aviation safety management qualifications with an in-person graduate certificate program.

Aviation Safety Management Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate: Aviation Safety Management

For graduate students interested in earning a safety certificate in addition to the Master of Science degree in Aviation and Aerospace Management (MSAAM) delivered on campus, Purdue offers a four-course Aviation Safety Management Graduate Certificate. This certificate provides a strong foundation in principles of aviation and aerospace management, and credits may be transferred to the master’s program. All courses for this certificate are delivered in person on Purdue’s main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Students interested in applying for this certificate must apply to the certificate program through the Purdue Graduate School and upload all requested information on the application, even though the student may be enrolled in the MSAAM program already.

Students already admitted to the MSAAM program also must complete a Graduate School form (GS-Form 18) with the Graduate Coordinator.

For more details about the application, see how to apply here

Learning objectives

  • Explore the nature of human error and error chains.
  • Analyze methods for assessing risk and predicting error generation potentials.
  • Examine strategies to develop protocols for safety management programs.


  • AT 53200 – Contemporary Issues in Transportation Security (3 Credit Hours)
  • AT 57200 – Human Error and Safety (3 Credit Hours)
  • AT 57300 – Managing the Risk of Organizational Accidents (3 Credit Hours)
  • AT 67500 – Aviation Safety Program Development (3 Credit Hours)


Note: Courses are subject to change due to faculty discretion.
A student must receive a B or better in each of the four courses to earn the certificate. Courses are not allowed for the certificate where the grade received is B- or lower.

If you are interested in completing this certificate online, see the Online Aviation Safety Management Graduate Certificate.