Prepare yourself to serve important education, research and policy-making roles in the aviation industry.

Ph.D. in Aviation Technology and Management

Ph.D. in Aviation Technology and Management

Our PhD in Aviation Technology and Management program prepares graduates to serve important education, research and policy-making roles in the aviation industry.

This on-campus doctoral program requires at least 90 credit hours of coursework and research at the graduate level. Students who enter the program with a master’s degree may apply up to a maximum of 30 course credit hours toward the minimum of 90 credit hours required for the PhD degree, subject to faculty advisor approval.

Applicants should expect to:

  • Request a research advisor.*
  • Establish a graduate advisory committee.
  • Submit a plan of study.
  • Pass written and oral candidacy examinations.
  • Submit a dissertation proposal.
  • Conduct dissertation research.
  • Defend a dissertation.

*A research advisor is a faculty member that advises and mentors a doctoral student with mutual research interests. Learn more about our faculty research interests.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from an accredited college or university. Exceptionally well-prepared bachelor’s students may seek admission directly into the PhD program. Academic preparation and performance in focus areas related to aviation (e.g. aviation safety, aviation sustainability, aviation management, workforce development, operational research methods and aviation human factors) will be given high priority when considering candidates for admission. Critical emphasis will be placed on evidence of research experience and aptitude.

At this time, Purdue University is not certified by the Department of Homeland Security to offer visa eligibility documents to international students who are admitted into this program. For additional information please contact International Student Services by emailing ISS@purdue.edu

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