Aerospace & Defense MBA


Aerospace & Defense Focus

The Aerospace and Defense MBA teaches business in an aerospace and defense context. The program helps high potential professionals become business leaders by developing skills in accounting, finance, marketing and leadership through applied methodology, not abstract problem sets. The program also focuses on key skill areas for aerospace and defense organizations, such as value stream integration, lean manufacturing, acquisition processes or industrial statistics.

Every external field trip and every guest speaker during the program centers on the aerospace and defense industry. Past speakers have included:

  • A partner in Deloitte’s aerospace and global security strategy consulting division
  • The VP of global supply chain management at Gulfstream
  • The program manager of space launch system at NASA
  • The deputy assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, technology and logistics (a three-star Army general)
  • The chief technologist at Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold AFB, TN
  • A four-star Navy admiral

Industry-Driven Areas of Focus

  • Lean processes as applied to manufacturing, research, and business applications
  • Supply chain and logistics management
  • Information technology/cyber security challenges
  • Long life expectancies of high-dollar programs
  • Global complexity and barriers to international commerce
  • Contract vehicles and bureaucracy for contract performance oversight
  • The U.S. federal government as the single-largest customer in the industry
  • Human resource challenges/constraints – sensitive technologies limit hiring of foreign nationals
  • Regulation management and federal statutory law governing A&D business processes and practices