Saint Louis University

Aviation | Doctor of Philosophy in Aviation

Contact Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
Dir. of Graduate Programs: Riyadh Hindi, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Main Phone: (314) 977-8306

Program Overview

The Ph.D. program builds on the M.S. degree curriculum with additional course work focused on the research area. The Ph.D. in Aviation requires a total of 63 credits of course work beyond the B.S. degree. Ph.D. students are evaluated in three formal examinations.

Please review the following sections for more details on how to apply to the Aviation Ph.D program.

The Personal Potential Index (PPI) will be required to complete your application for admission. Visit SLU's page about the PPI evaluations and requirements or go to The ETS page to learn more about the PPI.

Beginning Term Application Deadline Application Deadline (International) Apply Online
Fall Rolling Rolling apply
Spring Rolling Rolling
Summer No admission No admission

Required Application Materials

  • Online Application
  • Non-refundable application fee of $55
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official undergraduate or graduate transcript
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Professional goals statement
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (when native language is not English)
  • Three (3) Personal Potential Index evaluations

Admission to the program will include consideration of the following:

  • GRE quantitative score greater than 650* (old grading system) or greater than 150* (new grading system)
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Minimum scores for TOEFL PBT 550, TOEFL IBT 80, IELTS 6.5, when the student's native language is not English

*GRE score requirements may be waived for those students who have successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam or who have three or more years of relevant industry experience.

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Aviation Careers | Parks Industry | SLU Career Services

Program Curriculum

Parks College provides a stimulating environment for graduate study in both engineering and aviation. The program is designed to be flexible to accommodate the varying interests of students. Some courses are taught by working professionals from area industries and organizations. Some courses may be offered in the evenings to facilitate working engineers to enroll in the program. Class room lectures are supplemented by guest lectures, laboratory demonstrations and field trips as appropriate. Students are encouraged to publish their thesis work/independent study work in appropriate professional conferences and journal publication. | Parks College Graduate Education Course Catalog

Graduate Education Assistantships

In order to receive full consideration, all Parks Graduate Program Assistantship applications must be received by January 31 for consideration for the following Fall Semester. Parks Graduate Assistantship Form |  SLU Graduate Education Assistantships | Student Financial Services

Research Opportunities

Graduate students receive support from graduate faculty, and work closely with Parks College professors collaborating on research, writing publications, developing conference presentations and engaging in supportive intellectual exchange. This individual mentoring and faculty collaboration prepares students to excel in the aviation industry and develops professional relationships that last a lifetime.

To gain further insight on our different research areas at Parks College, potential graduate students are encouraged to review the following links:

Aviation Faculty


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