The Aviation and Transportation Studies Department offers a Bachelor’s to Master’s Fast Track option for Lewis University undergraduate Aviation majors. All qualified Aviation majors may take advantage of this Fast Track option. The Fast Track option allows qualified undergraduates to complete the graduate MSAT (Master of Science in Aviation and Transportation) in less time than would be possible if the two programs were taken separately. Nine graduate hours may be used both to complete the bachelor’s degree (128 hours) and to satisfy specific course requirements for the master’s program. The total number of required graduate credits (36) will remain the same. Students apply for admission to the Fast Track option by submitting both the department application form and the Block Tuition Exemption form to the Program Director of the MSAT when they reach senior status (complete 90 credits) and have achieved an overall GPA of 3.0.
The Master of Science in Aviation and Transportation curriculum consists of a total of 36 credit hours, including 24 hours of core coursework, a 3 hour capstone experience and 9 hours of elective coursework from other departments to match your specific career goals. Typically students choose coursework from the following to complete their electives:
The Master of Science in Aviation and Transportation is designed to offer a multi-faceted approach in preparing graduates for careers in higher education, industry, professional management, government, and other agencies associated with aviation and transportation. This program will study the current transportation industry and that industry’s regulation from a variety of perspectives. Students will develop an appreciation of human factors and the importance of research in decision-making and will develop skills in communication, human resource management, strategic planning for transportation projects and quality management systems for aviation and transportation safety. This program incorporates the moral and ethical dimensions of decision-making and interpersonal relations in all coursework. Courses are offered online and in the classroom in 8-week formats.
Through coursework, research and industry partnerships, you will earn a comprehensive education and ethical understanding for business and personal success. In fact, recent graduates have gone on to careers at the FAA, Chicago Department of Aviation, Department of Homeland Security, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, AirLiance and American Eagle Airlines as well as in roles as educators.
"Participating in the Fast Track option has enabled me to receive my master's degree in Aviation and Transportation Studies within one year after completing my undergraduate degree. Taking graduate level courses during my undergrad that counted for both degrees not only reduced the financial burden of a graduate degree but also challenged me to develop a much better understanding and appreciation of the different facets that make up the aviation and transportation industry."