Bachelor of Science in
Air Traffic Management

Air Traffic Control

The Air Traffic Management (ATM) program is a degree designed for students whose goal is to achieve employment in air traffic control or a related field. The ATM academic courses are designed to provide exposure to procedures and operations consistent with those found in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control facilities. The curriculum also provides broad knowledge and skills in mathematics, physics, communications, safety, meteorology, and aeronautics. Graduates of this program generally have excellent employment opportunities after graduation.


According to the FAA, the median annual wage for air traffic control specialists was $127,805 in 2016. In addition to high salaries, air traffic control specialists receive excellent benefits that include a variety of insurance, retirement, leave, and flexible spending options for employees and their families. The FAA is projected to hire over twelve thousand new controllers over the next seven to ten years.


ERAU is one of several FAA-approved Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) schools in the United States that partners with the FAA to prepare students for careers as air traffic controllers.  Graduates of ERAU's AT-CTI program are eligible to bypass portions of the FAA’s air traffic pre-employment tests, as well as the Air Traffic Basics Course which takes place during the first five weeks of qualification training at the FAA Air Traffic Control Academy. 


The Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management degree is housed in the Department of Aeronautical Science in the College of Aviation.


Note: The University cannot guarantee selection or employment as an air traffic controller for students completing the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program because selection of FAA air traffic controllers for admittance to the FAA Academy and a follow-on assignment as an air traffic controller is done strictly at the discretion of the FAA and based upon staffing needs.

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Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Air Traffic Management requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours, normally completed in eight semesters. A minimum of 40 semester hours must be upper-level. Students are required to complete MA 111 and MA 112.

Students must select and complete one minor field of study, as approved by the Department of Aeronautical Science. Total credits within the minor will vary depending on which minor is chosen. Students typically select a minor that will enhance their aviation career. See Minor Courses of Study in this catalog.

A minimum of seven semesters is required to complete the Air Traffic Management degree program.

Students should be aware that several courses in each academic year might have prerequisites and/or corequisites. Please check the course descriptions in the catalog before registering for classes to ensure requisite sequencing.

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
Communication Theory and Skills 3
HU 14x Humanities 3
Physical Science Elective 3
AS 120 Principles of Aeronautical Science AS 121 and AS 121L are both required3 - 5
or AS 121
Private Pilot Operations
AT 200 Air Traffic Basics I 3
IT 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications 3
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
UNIV 101 College Success 1
Lower/Upper-Level BA/COM/HU/MA/PS/SS Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal31-33
Sophomore Year
Communication Theory and Skills 3
Lower-Level Humanities 3
AT 302 Air Traffic Basics II 3
AT 305 Introduction to Terminal Radar Operations 3
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
EC 210 Microeconomics 3
or EC 211
SF 201 Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety 3
or SF 210
Introduction to Aerospace Safety
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
WX 203L Survey of Meteorology Laboratory 1
Minor Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal28
Junior Year
Communication Theory and Skills 3
AT 315 Introduction to Air Traffic Control Tower 3
AT 401 Advanced Terminal Radar Operations 3
BA 319 Managerial and Organizational Behavior 3
SF 320 Human Factors in Aviation Safety 3
or AS 387
Crew Resource Management
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
Upper-Level HU/SS Elective 3
Upper-Level Open Elective 3
Minor Elective 6
 Credits Subtotal30
Senior Year
AT 405 En route Radar Operations 3
AT 406 En route Non-Radar Operations 3
SF 462 Health, Safety, and Aviation Law 3
Minor 6
Upper-Level Open Elective 3
Open Electives ** 11-13
 Credits Subtotal29-31
 Credits Total: 120

Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Computer Science, Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Physical Science may be chosen from those listed below, assuming prerequisite requirements are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified in the Air Traffic Management vertical outline.

Communication Theory and Skills
COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 221Technical Report Writing3
or COM 222 Business Communication
Humanities or Social Sciences
Any 100-200 level
Any 300-400 level
Physical Science
CHM 101Basic Chemistry3
CHM 105General Chemistry I4
CHM 140Chemistry for Engineers4
PS 102Explorations in Physics3
PS 113Introductory Physics I3
PS 107Elements of Biological Science3

Open Elective credits required will be calculated, based upon selection of the minor, to complete the minimum of 120 credits requirement for the degree. A student MUST ALSO complete a minimum of 40 credit hours of upper-level courses. Open elective courses can count toward this total.

Students enrolled in the Army or Air Force ROTC programs may substitute MSL or AF courses for open elective courses.

Air traffic controllers are required to possess a current FAA 2nd Class or higher medical certificate to receive and exercise the privileges of their FAA Air Traffic Controller certificates. Students should verify their eligibility status for this level medical certificate with an FAA-designated medical examiner prior to enrolling in this degree program. The medical certificate is not required for ATM courses or degree enrollment.

Prospective air traffic controllers must be able to complete their university education and have entered the FAA Air Traffic Control Academy prior to reaching their 31st birthday.

FAA air traffic controllers must be U.S. citizens.


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