Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.08 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 6,011 (5,447 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 17% part-time, 83% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $18,118
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5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Aviation
Graduation Year: 2009

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University provided me with the foundation of knowledge and skills I needed to be successful in my career and further education. I am thankful for the quality of my fellow students, faculty, and staff that supported me each step of the program!
4.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Aerospace Engineering
Graduation Year: 2019

Embry-Riddle is the best place to advance your studies in aviation and aerospace fields. The entire school is themed in these fields and they have the best of facilities for further studies and research. The students are friendly and helpful. The student career services department does an amazing job of assisting students connect with the companies and professionals to ensure they get jobs and internships after their degree.
3.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2009

I was a great experience and the instructors were top-notch. I was able to get my Master's around my very busy personal and work schedules.
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2017

Online student. Much of this doesn't apply to my situation.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2016

The Graduate Course at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is an intense course that prepares you for working within the aviation and aerospace industry. The courses are taught by professionals from within the industry with many years of experience. Juggling class and work schedules can be a downfall to the schedule, but if you are able to power through the course this is outweighed by the advancement opportunities you may receive on the other end of your degree.
3.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Aerospace Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros- The aerospace program is designed to assist students in formulating an idea of expectations when entering the real world after graduation. I have been involved in several project related tasks which not only enhanced my knowledge but my ability to work in a team setting. Team projects have given me the ability to accept the differences of individuals which ultimately allowed me to appreciate that every person brings an advantage to a team. the classes offered in the graduate program provide students with an all-round education, exposing the students with a full array of class choices. The propulsion track, which I am doing, offers classes which teach me the art of designing propulsion systems using software provided by the university and which is easily accessible at all times. Cons- the propulsion track only offers 2 classes which are directly correlated with engine design. I would have appreciated a more in depth or detailed program for this track.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2017

The program does seem to build on concepts that I learned in my Undergraduate degree. The course material was also provided in the same way so I am able to focus on the material and don't have to learn how to use a new system.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2017

Program is challenging, instructors are very knowledgeable, great school
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2018

The program is well designed for the non standard student. It is easily adjustable to someone who works a regular full time job. While most of the courses are still challenging there are numerous resources available.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros - Embry Riddle has a small number of graduate students in the engineering and applied physics studies, so access to faculty members is easy. Their offices are never crowded due to small class sizes and thesis support is typically accomplished by dropping-in during a normal 9-5pm work day, however I like to email prior to give my advisors time to prepare for our discussions. As the applied sciences and engineering programs continue to expand the school expands its facilities to support them. Recently providing all new space physics telescope facilities (largest telescope in Florida), an entirely new college of arts and sciences center and currently a new university center and Library being constructed by 2017, just in time for my thesis defense. The Professors have diverse backgrounds of study in the sciences in addition to diverse cultural backgrounds allowing me to further my education while learning about methods used worldwide or new research being done at international institutions. The faculties motto is "students first", and with that they never disappoint. A unique option provided by the engineering and physical science department is the accelerated programs that combine undergraduate and graduate degrees into one seem-less education instead of requiring a GRE. Courses can even overlap from undergraduate and graduate level programs. Finally, the university programs are ABET certified and the university works hard to ensure that examinations and workloads are challenging enough to support it which provides added opportunities when applying for career opportunities after graduation. CONS - Embry Riddle is a private school, so students that pursue any education here are aware that the cost of their degree is very high. Higher than it would be at a state school for a similar education. Even though the graduate programs for engineering and physics show an increase in applicants each year, the programs are still very new. It is not uncommon that a new faculty member struggles to support this fast growing university and a class ends up not learning the intended course content because the course was poorly organized. Even though the department works quickly to remedy this issue, the students have that gap in knowledge as they continue their degree. The schools new facilities are going to be capable of supporting a large number of students anticipated in the next decade, but they do not currently support the students that are attending. University housing had to double occupancy by taking 2 person rooms to 4 in the spring, with off campus living areas as much as a 20-25 minute commute away (or more during NASCAR season). To support the mechanical engineering department the school built a separate building just for mechanical engineering, but not enough space exists to do the same for each engineering discipline. For physical sciences, the lab facilities and equipment are also developing, but no large lab areas exist to support experiments. Graduate students must seek alternate facilities to perform high energy or radiation experiments for safety, while universities with similar research programs have facilities available or nearby to campus. Parking is another issue that is a large problem. With most students living off campus the university struggles to support commuters with parking. With construction occupying numerous parking areas the commuting students struggle to park week after week and often miss segments of lectures. Embry Riddle's only option is to build vertically, but the planned parking garages won't come until after the current study body has graduated and the university only gets more crowded year after year. Finally, for the income generated by alumni and students Embry Riddle limits the flow of money into education driven programs. Research has to be supported by external means because the majority of university funds supports construction efforts and new facilities which is another reason the current student body will fail to achieve the full potential of their education because the facilities and finances are not in place, but they are coming soon.
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