Whether you're a pilot, meteorologist, or air traffic controller, Grad School Hub‘s 5 Best Master's Programs in Aeronautics &Aviation 2019 can bring your career to new heights!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians is projected to grow five percent from now until 2026. Aviation professionals earn an average annual salary of $50 – 100k depending on their degree

With a background in aviation, aeronautics, or both, you're already at an advantage when applying to any one of the below programs. Admitted students choose from a variety of areas of specialization, including air traffic management, aviation management, and aviation operations.


The staff of Grad School Hub has compiled the following 5 Best Master's in Aeronautics & Aviation 2019 for the 2019-20 academic school year based on public data released from educational, commercial, and government databases. Data contributed from sources such as the National Center for Education Statistics, and the U.S. Department of Labor plays a significant role in how graduate degree programs are ranked because institutional transparency is essential for deciding which career path is right for you. Based on this data, GSH organizes information into five weighted categories, which are:

  • Alumni Feedback: 20%
  • Continued Enrollment: 20%
  • Degree Selectivity: 10%
  • Graduate Expenses: 25%
  • Projected Annual Salary: 25%

A more comprehensive evaluation of how each category is determined and scored is accessible through our Ranking Methodology page.

#5 – Purdue University

MS in Aviation and Aerospace Management

West Lafayette, Indiana


Graduate Tuition/Fees: $11,693

Purdue University now offers a comprehensive Master of Science degree in Aviation and Aerospace Management through its School of Aviation and Transportation Technology. Students can take courses in economic decision making, resource analysis, systems thinking, human aviation factors, international civil aviation regulatory systems, and more!

Additionally, Purdue offers a combined BS-MS degree within this program. Upon completion of Purdue's master's degree, students may also wish to pursue a Ph.D. in Technology with a focus in aviation and aerospace management.

#4 – Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

MS in Aeronautics

Daytona Beach, Florida


Graduate Tuition/Fees: $19,002

Offered both on-campus and online, Embry Riddle's MS in Aeronautics is an excellent degree program for current pilots, safety officers, and more. Emery Riddle's MS has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 15th best regional university in the South, in addition to ranking among the best colleges for veterans, best value schools, and most innovative schools in the country.

Emery students may choose from eleven different areas of specialization, including air traffic management, aviation management, aviation operations, aviation safety systems, education technology, unmanned aircraft systems, or space studies. All graduate students must complete a core curriculum made up of 12 credits. Additionally, you must complete either a capstone or a thesis to earn your degree.

#3 – The Ohio State University

Masters of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Columbus, Ohio


Graduate Tuition/Fees: $17,971

For those interested in a cutting-edge degree program, The Ohio State University offers a Masters of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering through its Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. All applicants must submit their GRE test scores. Admitted students may choose between a thesis option and a non-thesis option.

Unique from other programs, OSU is conveniently located near the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and GE Aviation. Many OSU students go on to intern and secure jobs at these aerospace hubs.

#2 – Western Michigan University

MS in Aerospace Engineering

Kalamazoo, Michigan


Graduate Tuition/Fees: $15,489

Western Michigan University now offers a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering through its Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The department is home to over 15 research and teaching labs for students to gain hands-on experience.

WMU is only one of two universities in Michigan to offer aerospace engineering programs. Students may choose a 30-credit thesis option or a 36-credit non-thesis option. Required courses include aerospace vehicle dynamics, design optimization, fatigue of engineering materials, space flight dynamics and control, and more.

#1 – San Jose State University College

Master's in Aerospace Engineering

San Jose, California


Graduate Tuition/Fees: $13,777

Unlike other top-ranking universities, San Jose State University College allows students to complete their MA in Aerospace Engineering on a part-time basis. SJSU's MA program is made up of 30-semester units, including six units devoted to a thesis or project.

Required degree courses include space propulsion systems, orbital mechanics and mission design, advanced aircraft stability and control, hypersonic and reentry systems, and gas dynamics. MA students may choose to specialize in either aircraft design or advanced space systems engineering.