Division of Aerospace Medicine

Dean M. Olson, M.D., M.S., M.S., Director

Master of Science Degree Program

The Master of Science in Aerospace Medicine degree program is conducted by Boonshoft School of Medicine’s Department of Community Health, Division of Aerospace Medicine. The program includes specialty-specific education in the basic and advanced topics in aviation and space medicine, operational aerospace medicine, human factors and aerospace accident investigation. In addition to this, the graduate program includes core preventive medicine subjects: environmental medicine, biostatistics, epidemiology, health services administration and behavioral aspects of health. Physicians in the Aerospace Medicine Residency are required to complete the master of science (M.S.) degree program.

Physicians (national and/or international) who do not meet the minimum requirements for residency applicants and/or do not desire to complete the residency program may enroll in the M.S. degree portion of the program. This provides all of the same course work as in the residency but does not include any clinical rotations at aerospace and public health facilities.

Minimum Requirements for the Master of Science Degree

Applicants must:

  1. independently meet the requirements for admission to the Wright State University’s Graduate School.
  2. have earned an M.D. or equivalent medical degree. Physician assistants, nurse practitioners/advanced practice nurses and other healthcare providers are also encouraged to apply. All applications will be reviewed on an individual basis.
  3. have demonstrated proficiency in English (international physicians only). If the applicant's native language is not English, a minimum score of 213 (CBT) or 79/120 (IBT) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required or a band 6 through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Students who have earned a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university are exempted from the TOEFL requirement. For the latest information, international physicians are advised to refer to the general requirements of Wright State’s University Center for International Education (UCIE).

Degree Timeline

The Master of Science curriculum in aerospace medicine is designed to be completed over the course of six consecutive semesters (two academic years). Additional time beyond six semesters may be available for students to complete their independent research project. Students who have professional career obligations may complete the program in as little as three consecutive semesters (one academic year).

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Aerospace Medicine is awarded to students who complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate course work. Students must complete a research project and pass a comprehensive examination.

Scholarship Opportunities

Several scholarships are available through the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), the AsMA Foundation, Constituent Organizations of AsMA and other organizations affiliated with the AsMA.

The International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine also has a scholarship program to enable young physicians commencing a career in aerospace medicine to undertake training in the specialty. The scholarship can be used to facilitate attendance at a formal training course, or participation in a work program (one year or more, structured towards educational goals) in a recognized aerospace medicine institute.