Master of Business Administration in Aviation in Partnership with ERAU



About the diploma

15 courses to be completed over a 1-2 year cycle

IATA Master of Business Administration in Aviation in Partnership with ERAU aviation training course Airlines are under constant pressure from governments, passengers, direct competitors and industry changes that influence their operation. Successfully managing operations in a high-risk, high-reliability and complex aviation environment requires not only mastery of business as it is done today, but also a deep understanding of how the aviation business works.

The Master of Business Administration in Aviation (MBAA), offered jointly by Embry-Riddle and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), aims to prepare you to advance in the aviation business and pilot airlines through the multiple challenges they face.

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Course code: DIPL-128

What you will learn

Through three blocks consisting of 36 credit hours, the program applies modern business concepts, methods and tools to the challenges and specifics of the aviation business to create a degree that combines core business competencies with a strong aviation foundation. This one-of-a-kind degree.

HRO Component
Focuses on the importance of creating high-reliability organizations (HROs) by teaching the fundamentals of risk, managing risk and creating resiliency

Core Business Skills
Concentrates on core business activities and is structured based on input from the aviation industry to provide students with the skills necessary to advance their careers into managing functional departments

Airline Management Certificate
Features a certificate in airline management to provide a comprehensive understanding of various airline business models and revenue management strategies

WEBINAR | Master of Business Adminstration in Aviation. Discover the program firsthand as we bring you insights from the Dean of the Business College, a distinguished Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Head of Product Development at IATA, and one of our highly commended instructors. Enter your e-mail address below to access the webinar.

Program Format

Courses are offered in a flexible, online setting that empowers you to learn when and where you want at a time convenient to you.

 IATA Master of Business Administration in Aviation in Partnership with ERAU


This program offers various start dates in August, October, January, March, or May term. Students should take at least 3 credit hours per term. The program can be completed in as few as six (6) terms (15 months) depending on the student’s schedule and goals. Airline Management courses delivered by IATA will each only be offered in one term a year.


While an undergraduate degree is required for admission, the degree does not need to be in business. In addition, a short MBAA Preflight Orientation course welcomes students to the degree program through interactive activities and provides the prerequisite knowledge needed to succeed in the program. Students must complete the orientation before taking their first MBAA course.

Block 1: HRO Component

The program begins by looking at high-reliability organizations that operate in an environment where failure is not an option and is often catastrophic – such as commercial aviation. Focused on understanding and managing risk and creating resiliency, coursework will teach you how to apply the HRO framework to enable higher efficiency and more reliable operations.

3 ERAU courses

  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERAU)
  • Organizational Resilience (ERAU)
  • Modeling and Decision-Making (ERAU)

Block 2: Business Core

Continue with key business capabilities designed around extensive input from the industry. By re-examining these concepts through the lens of aviation and its complexities, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to manage key functions and advance your career.

8 ERAU courses
  • Economics of Marketing (ERAU)
  • Science of Selling (ERAU)
  • Delivering Customer Solutions (ERAU)
  • Business Accounting (ERAU)
  • Corporate Finance (ERAU)
  • Organizational and Employee Behavior (ERAU)
  • Personnel Management (ERAU)
  • Business Strategy for Managers (ERAU)

Block 3: Airline Management Focus

Enhance your degree with a specialization in airline management that puts you one step closer to achieving your career goals. Topics covered include cost efficiencies, revenue management, ancillary revenue and airline business models.

4 IATA courses

  • Airline Cost-Efficiency Practices and Value-Add Strategies (IATA)
  • Airline Business Diversification: Generating Ancillary Revenues (IATA)
  • Revenue Management and Pricing with Simulation (IATA)
  • Airline Business Models and Competitive Strategies (IATA)


Please choose MBAA-Airline Management when selecting the program to which you’re applying.
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IATA courses are offered at USD1,000 per credit hour, ERAU courses are offered in line with ERAU’s current pricing. The total cost of the degree is estimated at USD31,344.

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