Master of Science

Airport Management

34 Credits
  • Learn the modern management principles of the aviation environment needed to become an airport manager
  • Enhance your risk assessment, leadership and management skills in the aviation and airport environment
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Becoming a Futureproof Airport Manager

Does a career in airport management appeal to you? Obtaining your master’s degree in airport management degree program will expand your career opportunities tremendously. Vaughn College offers one of the few graduate-level programs in airport management in the Northeast. Our airport management degree program applies modern management concepts to the aviation environment, incorporating the most current research and technology so that students can be prepared and adaptable to the ever-changing aviation industry.

The master’s in airport management degree program will enhance your risk assessment, management and leadership skills. The program addresses the demand for professional managers, which is growing due to the need for the effective use of scarce resources, heightened domestic and international competition, environmental issues, security concerns and technological innovations. You will have the opportunity to learn and apply scientific methods and general business practices to understanding and addressing specific issues and topics in the workplace.

88% of Vaughn grads are employed or continue their education within one year.*
of Vaughn grads are employed or continue their education within one year.*
75% of Vaughn grads are employed in their field or continue their education within one year.*
of Vaughn grads are employed in their field or continue their education within one year.*
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The master’s in airport management degree program requires 34 credits and includes a master’s project or thesis. Many students use their master’s projects and thesis work in interviews.

Your coursework will include a focus on the complexities of managing an airport, commercial law, accounting and economics, finance, planning and operations. Our goal is to help you build upon your leadership and strategic-thinking skills in order to be prepared for the duties of an airport manager position. Vaughn’s close proximity to world-class airports gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and knowledge from instructors who are industry leaders. You can complete the master’s in airport management degree program in one year, but you also have the opportunity to schedule your courses over your own timelines.

  • Airport Security
  • Aviation Economics
  • Aviation Environmental Issues
  • Aviation Insurance
  • Aviation Law and Regulations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Master’s Thesis


There is no doubt that a master’s in airport management degree has allowed students to pursue their dream jobs and careers. Our career-focused approach―in addition to modern and innovative course offerings―prepares students to be successful airport managers; and most importantly―team leaders in the professional world.

Graduates of the airport management degree program have become airport supervisors, safety managers, human resource managers, operations supervisors, international business development managers and financial services supervisors within the aviation industry and beyond.

Career Insights


  • Delta Air Lines
  • LaGuardia Gateway Partners
  • Raytheon
  • Sikorksy Aircraft Corporation


  • American Dynamics
  • ATLAS Air
  • Disney College Program
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • FAA (Enterprise Data and Messaging Engineering Team)
  • FAA (Tech Center)
  • Federal Express
  • FlightSafety International
  • General Electric
  • International Business Machines BUSINESS MACHINES (IBM)
  • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
  • NASA
  • NASA (Marshall Space Flight Center)
  • NAVAIR (Naval Air System Command)
  • NBC
  • NYU Engineering Summer Research
  • Rashid Petroleum Company
  • Sikorsy Helicopters
  • Textron Aviation
  • United Airlines
  • Venture Aerobearings
  • Watertown Airport


*Outcomes include data within one year of graduation for graduates who reported via survey. There were a total of 237 graduates in 2020. 178 reported an outcome for an 75% response rate. The 2020 graduate class includes September 2019, December 2019 and May 2020 graduates.