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KSU Salina Adds New Aeronautics Masters Degree

Kansas State University February 15, 2022

A new master’s degree is being offered at Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus that is designed specifically for engineering and technology students to both further their education and elevate their career potential in the aerospace industry.

K-State Salina is offering a Master of Science in aeronautics with two options. The first option is an aerospace certification for individuals with interest in aerospace manufacturing or maintenance for product certification and airworthiness, or continued airworthiness certification in aviation maintenance. Students will learn the specifics about the certification process, which is critical to system safety. The second degree option focuses on leadership and policy. This track is for aerospace leaders who want to work in business management or policymaking for any sector of aviation operations, from air carriers to airports, legislative bodies, large corporations, as well as many other public and private functions.

“This new degree was created after meticulous research was completed to identify the needs and gaps in the aerospace industry and offers coursework that will equip students with the tools to define, research and solve emerging challenges and those yet to be identified,” said Kurt Barnhart, K-State Salina professor of aviation.

The Master of Science in aeronautics offers students either a thesis option for those interested in continuing to a doctoral program, or a non-thesis option for those who are completing their studies at the master’s degree level. The degree will be offered in an online format that provides a flexible learning style for working adults and allows industry professionals to share their insights through teaching.

“This program is a direct result of working with industry partners to understand the knowledge and skills needed to advance the aerospace industry,” said Alysia Starkey, K-State Salina CEO and dean. “This degree provides graduates with fresh insights gained through creative problem-solving and continues to enhance the campus’s mission of becoming a global aeronautics leader.”

K-State Salina is currently accepting applications for the fall 2022 semester for its new Master of Science in aeronautics degree. For more information, visit

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KSU Photo: K-State Salina is adding a Master of Science in aeronautics to be offered beginning in the fall 2022 semester. Applications are now being accepted.

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