Six New Degrees at Embry-Riddle Meet Growing Needs in Aviation, Space, Global Business

April 8, 2013 – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Board of Trustees has approved six new undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the university’s Daytona Beach, Fla., Prescott, Ariz., and Worldwide campuses. Building on Embry-Riddle’s strengths in aviation, aerospace, engineering and business, the degrees will educate professionals in aviation finance, aviation security, commercial space operations, engineering management, global business and unmanned systems engineering.

New bachelor’s degrees:

Aviation Security (Worldwide Campus)

As the world’s leading aeronautical university Embry-Riddle seeks to be the primary provider of aviation security education with the introduction in July of the world’s first online bachelor’s degree in aviation security. The degree will also be offered in the classroom setting at selected Worldwide Campus education centers. The degree will prepare students for careers as security professionals with the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Air Force security police, airport security and police, airline security and corporate aviation security.

Commercial Space Operations (Daytona Beach Campus)

The commercial spaceflight industry is expanding with NASA’s commercial cargo and crew development programs and entrepreneurs developing capabilities for suborbital spaceflight, orbital space habitats, space resource prospecting and other commercial ventures. Embry-Riddle’s degree, the world’s first, will supply this industry with skilled graduates in the areas of space policy, operations, regulation and certification, space flight safety, space program training, management and planning. Classes start this fall.

Global Business (Prescott Campus)

Embry-Riddle’s degree will equip students with the business and technology skills and multicultural, political and economic awareness needed for success in today’s globally interconnected society. Students can concentrate in language and culture – specifically Arabic, Chinese or Spanish – aviation and aerospace, or both. They will study international cultures, focusing on the values and business practices of emerging markets. Graduates will help their employers take advantage of global market growth and joint venture opportunities, working as management analysts, international sales representatives, international financial analysts, market research analysts, interpreters or entrepreneurs. The program begins in fall 2014.

New master’s degrees:

Aviation Finance (Daytona Beach Campus)

With the growth of aircraft leasing and airplane fleet financing, new opportunities have arisen for professionals who know the operating environment of the global air transportation industry and have the financial expertise and analytical skills to help manage a firm’s commercial, economic and monetary strategies. Embry-Riddle’s new degree program, starting in fall 2013, will focus on advanced air transport economics, international aviation finance and aircraft and airliner leasing. Graduates will work in the international banking, energy, finance, insurance, risk management, leasing and aviation/aerospace industries.

Engineering Management (Worldwide Campus)

Technical corporations need individuals who understand the organization’s technical work and can successfully manage those who do that work. Bridging the gap between engineering and management, Embry-Riddle’s degree will prepare technical professionals to advance their careers in management. Depending on their career objectives, students will be able to pursue a concentration in financial management, leadership, logistics and supply chain management, management, project management, systems engineering or aviation/aerospace management. The program, which starts in August, will be offered online and at selected Worldwide Campus education centers.

Unmanned Autonomous Systems Engineering (Daytona Beach Campus)

The revolution in autonomous vehicle systems has created tremendous pockets of economic growth as manufacturers explore civil and commercial UAS applications ranging from law enforcement, search and rescue and border security to Earth observation, agriculture and communications. Embry-Riddle’s degree, which starts this fall, prepares students to design, develop and support systems ranging from remote control to full autonomy. The program covers the engineering of all autonomous vehicles, including fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, boats, submarines and ground vehicles.

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and, and find expert videos at