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Why study Aviation and Space online through OSU?

The online Doctor of Education in Applied Educational Studies, option in Aviation and Space Education is designed to meet the demands of private and commercial aviation and aerospace industries, government organizations, educational institutions and the U.S. military. The program seeks doctoral candidates with strong intellects, proper educational preparation, breadth and depth of aviation and aerospace experiences and the capacity for disciplined investigation. 


This 100-percent online degree program is delivered through Canvas, OSU’s online learning platform. All doctoral coursework is offered in an eight-week format, with the exception of 16-week research course offerings. Students enrolled full time can expect to complete the EdD in two to four academic years, depending on credit hour requirement.



The degree emphasizes aviation leadership and executive development; administration of aviation institutions; aviation law; influencing public policy in the aviation industry; international aviation issues; the development of air and space flight; aerospace risk assessment; the earth’s air, land and water systems; the solar systems to include the sun, planets and probes; applied aviation and space research; and internship opportunities. 


Beginning fall 2020, the program will allow up to a maximum of 30 credit hours of coursework from a master’s degree, including non-OSU master’s degrees, to be applied toward the EdD. This reduces the total number of required credit hours from 61 to a minimum of 31 credit hours. 


Course information



SpaceX shuttleTo apply to the Applied Educational Studies - option in Aviation and Space Education, EdD program, complete the following: 

  • Graduate College application 
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.0 minimum GPA required; provisional admission may be given to those with a 2.5 minimum GPA)
  • Current resume/vita
  • Personal goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • GRE score requirement has been waived 

Application deadlines:

  • April 1 — Fall Semester
  • September 1Spring Semester 



Students enrolled in the Aviation and Space Education doctoral program will complete 61 credit hours during the course of their studies. Cost estimates below are calculated based on 2022-2023 rates. Additional cost details and OSU’s tuition and fee estimator are available on the Bursar website.

2022-2023 Estimated Cost
  Resident Non-Resident
Total cost per credit hour 442.35 572.55
Total cost per 3-credit hour course 1,327.05 1,717.65
Total program cost based on 61 hours 26,983.35 34,925.55

* This is only an estimate of cost, based on currently approved 2022-2023 rates. Cost estimates do not include textbooks, exams, or course expenses, nor do they factor in individual transfer credits or scholarship information. Cost will vary if not enrolled in a fully online degree program. Active-duty military may qualify for resident tuition rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Full disclaimer


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