Fields of Study

Business

 

Embry-Riddle Advantage

Smooth business operations are essential to the function and success of every industry, including aviation and aerospace. Embry-Riddle offers business degree programs specifically for these industries while providing the solid foundation and core that can apply to any business application, including entrepreneurship.

Business students at Embry-Riddle benefit from belonging to a globally connected network that includes fellow students and experienced faculty — some of whom remain working professionals — as well as alumni from top companies that regularly recruit Embry-Riddle students for internships and career positions. Each semester, Embry-Riddle students are selected for internships with prestigious employers, and many global business students travel to Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East to study abroad.

Among Embry-Riddle’s business faculty are some who have authored leading textbooks for aviation-related courses, who are consultants for airlines, and others who work with the FAA on programs and projects.

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They are all experts in their disciplines and stay engaged to ensure that curricula remain relevant.

In addition to learning a broad range of business fundamentals, students work on group projects, conduct off-site consulting often employing industry-specific software, and are invited to join business organizations and to participate in events. And with our online educational opportunities and 150-plus Worldwide locations, students have the flexibility to learn at a campus near them or even in their own home.

Since Embry-Riddle is an aviation education leader, aviation employers actively seek our business graduates. However, our reputation also extends beyond aviation and aerospace industries.

Degrees & Programs

Whether you are nearing high school graduation, are mid-career, or seeking to transition into a new role, Embry-Riddle has business degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels that can propel your career.

Learn business administration with an aviation/aerospace perspective whether your interest is in finance, marketing, management, emergency services, logistics, or global business. Embry-Riddle is uniquely positioned to offer business courses that are relevant to these industries but that are also applicable to any field. We offer diverse modes of learning so that even if you’re employed while going to school, you can successfully earn your degree. On campus, online from home, or in a classroom near you, Embry-Riddle can deliver business education.

Peruse the programs to discover the degree to match your business goals.

Professional Education

Embry-Riddle offers a range of continued education programs, corporate training, seminars, and workshops for individuals and organizations in the aviation and aerospace industry. Specialized professional development courses can be found under broader categories such as Aviation Management and Business Administration. For more information, visit Professional Education

Career Outlook

What are the benefits of learning business as it relates to the aerospace and aviation industries? While earning an MBA or a general business degree can certainly help you in your career, specializing is the value-added proposition Embry-Riddle delivers.

You’ve decided that business is your goal, now you should consider the dynamic, exciting field of aviation/aerospace as your career destination. Aviation/aerospace represents the largest industry in the U.S. economy (if agriculture products are not aggregated) with no indication of slowdown.

By very definition, aviation/aerospace is “out of this world” and it doesn’t get more glamorous anywhere. If you already know you want to work in aerospace or aviation — or you’re already employed in one of these fields — you will only find it helpful to be educationally immersed in your own industry.

The list of potential career paths is nearly endless, and many will depend on the area you choose. You may work for an airline as a revenue analyst or in marketing, become a financial analyst or project manager for a large corporation like Boeing, or be a contracts analyst for Lockheed Martin. Your MBAA can also lead to a world of non-aviation opportunities at some of the nation's largest and most successful companies.

Salaries are also quite diverse depending on the profession and your level of education. And they can be quite attractive. For example, the average salary for supply managers with a master’s degree is $128,127 compared to $95,931 for those who hold bachelor’s degrees.

32% projected growth for Market Research Analysts

(2012-22, U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics)

Spotlights

Research

Business faculty and students of the Daytona Beach, Florida, Prescott, Arizona, and Worldwide campuses are actively engaged in research in an effort to better understand how to improve business practices and efficiency within the aviation and aerospace industries.

When AirTran Airways (now a subsidiary of Southwest Airlines) wanted to investigate the feasibility of purchasing tow vehicles (super-tugs) to move its aircraft from the terminals to its hangar facilities and back at Atlanta’s Hartfield-Jackson International Airport, the airline came to Embry-Riddle. Using simulation designed for this study, students and faculty conducted a cost benefits analysis to demonstrate potential jet fuel savings and other considerations. The company was able to use the findings in their decision making at the highest level.

Featured Projects

Business Administration

Complex Adaptive Leadership

The goal of this research project is to develop the theoretical underpinnings for a practical and executable model of Complex Adaptive Leadership grounded in theory. We will continue to conduct research within aviation and aerospace firms as well as the military to determine the strength of the relationships between Complex Adaptive Leadership competencies and superior performance in today’s increasingly complex environment.

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Challenges facing Small to Medium Aerospace Manufacturers

Recent research conducted by the Center for Aviation & Aerospace Leadership indicates that the core of America’s aerospace supply base is declining and may be reaching a tipping point that could threaten the viability of the United States industry as we know it. The study explores this issue in more detail and highlights the challenges facing small to medium manufacturers as well as success stories that illustrate what innovative firms are doing. This project is in process.

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Aeronautics SMB Leadership Study

The purpose of this research project is to examine and understand key factors that contribute to the success of small-to medium-size aerospace manufacturers. The research’s ultimate objective is to identify key success factors that are predictive in nature for small-to medium-size manufacturing companies to become successful in the aerospace sector. Research methods are qualitative and mixed methods.

Learning Environments

Through the state-of-the-art Embry-Riddle facilities, business students have access to industry technology and apply their knowledge right away.

Daytona Beach College of Business

Our Daytona Beach Campus College of Business occupies a dedicated building that is a modern facility housing high-tech classrooms, computer labs, and advanced equipment that students need to gain direct experience. It is also home to an Applied Aviation Simulation Lab Total Airport and Airspace Modeler (TAAM) Lab that simulates airport operations to analyze the influence of changes (new runways, altered flights, etc.), so students can investigate scenarios to provide actual results that could impact efficiencies, safety concerns, and revenue, for example.

College of Business RFID Lab

Other business labs include the Collaborative Decision-Making Room, which is used by students to work within small groups to simulate labor relations negotiations, marketing management, or examining sales techniques, for example. The Marketing Focus Room is a lab that features a one-way observation mirror. This space has been specially designed for consumer product testing, evaluating advertising effectiveness, and for projects that involve observation and recording of responses and reactions of individuals or small groups.

Prescott Business Class

Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus College of Business features high-tech classrooms and small class sizes. The programs take advantage of remote locations, as well. Off-site visits are conducted to introduce students to the world of aviation and aerospace business. Whether it’s a trip to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to experience the launch of a new airline or meeting and working remotely with a real client to solve a real-world problem, hands-on projects help prepare students to be confident business leaders. Students in the business programs at the Prescott Campus are among the most involved students to be found. Phi Beta Lambda, the business club, participates annually in a statewide leadership competition and has won the top prize for eight consecutive years in a field that includes very large universities with groups whose members significantly outnumber Embry-Riddle’s.

FOS-BUSINESS

Embry-Riddle Worldwide operates more than 150 campus locations worldwide and delivers a quality academic experience with world-class faculty educators with hands-on industry experience in our three academic colleges and our Online Campus. Flexible scheduling and locations close to home are specifically suited for busy working professionals, active-duty military and veterans, and students with families. EagleVision, a virtual classroom, combines the power of Web video conferencing and learning management system software to maximize the benefits of synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning environments. ERAU Worldwide’s business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).