Aviation (Ph.D.)

Aviation (Ph.D.)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Aviation Core Courses
AVIA 701Orientation to Doctoral Study and Research3
AVIA 705Advanced Aviation Research Orientation3
AVIA 706Advanced Aviation Investigation3
or AVIA 725 Current Practices and Future Trends in Aviation
Total Hours9
Advanced Focus Courses
AVIA 710Global Aviation Law3
AVIA 735Human Factors and Aviation Automation3
AVIA 745The Economic Environment of Aviation3
AVIA 755Contemporary Issues in Aviation Policy3
Total Hours12
Elective Courses
Aviation Elective 13
Aviation Elective 13
Total Hours6

Choose a 500-900 level AVIA course not already applying to the degree. These requirements may be fulfilled by applicable transfer credit from an earned M.S. in Aeronautics degree.

Research Courses
AVIA 812Advanced Aviation Statistics3
AVIA 815Quantitative Methods of Research3
AVIA 817Qualitative Methods of Research3
AVIA 860Literature Review for Advanced Research3
AVIA 915Advanced Quantitative Methods of Research3
or AVIA 917 Advanced Qualitative Methods of Research
AVIA 980Research Concepts and Methodology 13
Total Hours18

Once the student enters the Dissertation phase they must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring and Summer semesters) until all degree requirements are completed

Dissertation Courses 1
AVIA 987Dissertation I 25
AVIA 988Dissertation II 25
AVIA 989Dissertation III 25
AVIA 990Dissertation IV0
Total Hours15

All applicable prerequisites must be met 


Once the student enters the Dissertation phase they must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring and Summer semesters) until all degree requirements are completed.


Ph.D. students are allowed to enroll in AVIA 987, AVIA 988, AVIA 989 a maximum of two times

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 60 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of a post-graduate and doctoral degree may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree.
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years.
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date.

Program Offered in Online Format

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