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Take Control of Your Future

The Executive MBA in Aerospace and Defense program prepares students for managerial and leadership roles in the aerospace and defense workforce, even those without a business education. The curriculum, developed and taught by industry leaders and renowned OU faculty, provides students the strength of synthesizing concepts and integrative thinking between A&D functions and business.

The Executive MBA in Aerospace and Defense can be completed in a year with students starting in fall or spring, thereby allowing them a flexible format to bring together the skills, concepts, and knowledge needed to succeed in the dynamic Aerospace and Defense sector. The Executive MBA provides the foundations for a career in leadership roles in the A&D industry through faculty and guest lecturers, rigorous coursework, and applied projects.

Admission Deadline

Rolling admissions (applications due 14 days before the intended start date).

Program Start Terms

Fall, Spring

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Benefits of the Aerospace and Defense Master's Degree

Lead in Today's World

This program creates strong leaders who can think critically and apply management skills in a dynamic environment. Students will gain essential leadership skill sets unique to the Aerospace and Defense industry.

Study Abroad

Study abroad experience allows participants to engage with aerospace and defense organizations in international locations. Students will travel to select A&D organizations chosen for their breadth of A&D business activities to engage in real-world projects.

Flexible Format

Learn in a flexible online program designed for working professionals. You’ll engage in online discussions with professors and fellow students while gaining leadership skills to advance your aerospace and defense career. You’ll also participate in a residency on the OU campus and a study abroad experience.


OU Online graduates find employment within six months after graduation*


OU Online graduates report earning an annual salary of $75,000 or more*


OU Online students say the skills they gained in their program made them more competitive in their career field*

*Source: OU Online Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2023

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Pursue Your Aerospace & Defense Master's Degree

Take the next step in your career with a degree from the University of Oklahoma. Applications are reviewed year-round for fall and spring sessions. Choose your program, choose your start, and apply today.

Program Breakdown

Participants in the Executive MBA in Aerospace and Defense (EMAD) program can finish in a single year while continuing to work. Students will acquire a broad range of aerospace and defense business knowledge and a deep understanding of the industry. The average time commitment is about 20 hours per week for readings and assignments. Assignments relate directly to the work participants perform to help students best retain and immediately apply new concepts.

Approximately 40% of the program’s teaching occurs during three one-week residence weeks (RWs). Two of the RWs take place at the University of Oklahoma, with the third being a study abroad experience that allows participants to engage with aerospace and defense organizations in other locations. The remaining 20 credits of the program are earned during distance-learning classes worth two hours each, held between the RW sessions.

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Lean Six Sigma Tools
  • Financial Management
  • Legal Environment
  • Information Technology in Aerospace & Defense
  • Managing Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Data Analytics
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Global Aerospace & Defense Strategy
  • Quantitative Methods & Models
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Marketing
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Managing Aerospace & Defense Government Contracts
  • Data Management & Security

How to Apply

To apply for the online Executive MBA in Aerospace and Defense program, students must:

  • Complete the online application at
  • Submit a current resume or CV
  • Provide official college transcripts from all institutions 
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Work experience
  • Admissions interview

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before classes start. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks of submitting a completed application.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form below, and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

Graduate tuition waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs. OU Online programs qualify for the OU Faculty/Staff Tuition Waiver & Fee Exemption, and we encourage you to check your eligibility.  

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If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please get in touch with the Online Aid office by emailing or calling 405-325-2929.

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Same Academic

Like every OU Online program, the Executive MBA in Aerospace and Defense is built on the foundation of world-class University of Oklahoma faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.

An Investment in Your Future

Earning an Executive MBA in Aerospace and Defense from OU Online gives you the skills to succeed in a growing and evolving field. It also gives you access to career support and an expanded professional network as part of the global OU alumni community. Stand out where the industry is moving while enjoying the potential for higher pay, career advancement, and new opportunities.

Tuition and fees for the program are $68,800 ($2150 per credit hour). Books and additional materials are not included.

Once accepted into the program, students must submit a $350 nonrefundable deposit within two weeks. Deposits are applied toward tuition expenses and secure a student’s place in the upcoming class. There is no application fee for this degree.

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Every OU Online program is built on the foundation of world-class faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.

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When you graduate from an OU Online program, you’ll join the network of 250,000 OU alumni and be forever part of the OU family. Become part of the tradition of excellence that OU has established in its 130-year history.

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