B.S. to M.S. in Aviation & Transportation
4 + 1 Program Option

With just an extra year, qualified undergraduate aviation students can earn a master’s degree in aviation and transportation.

The Aviation and Transportation Studies Department offers a Bachelor’s to Master’s 4 + 1 Program Option for Lewis University undergraduate Aviation majors.  All qualified Aviation majors may take advantage of this 4 + 1 Program Option. The 4 + 1 Program 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 4 + 1 Program 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 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.


For more information contact the Office of Admission at admission@lewisu.edu or call (815)836-5250.