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The Aviation Management program produces graduates prepared for entry-to-mid level supervisory and management positions within the aviation industry.

Airport OperationAirline/Airport Operations

Freight Cargo ManagementFreight/Cargo Management

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do aviation management professionals do?
    Aviation management professionals may serve in a wide variety of capacities in the aviation industry.  
    At an airline, this might include positions in flight operations and dispatching, records management, crew scheduling, network planning, compliance, and many others.  
    At an airport, professionals in this field work as coordinators and facilitators to ensure that the airport may be used safely.  This can include everything from coordinating snow removal to publishing Notices to Airmen (AKA 'NOTAMs') that provide pilots with important information related to non-normal airport conditions or operations.   
    There are also management-related positions available with regulatory bodies such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
  • Why get a degree in Aviation Management?
    Students in this program have a variety of different backgrounds, experiences and goals.  
    Those who come to the program with prior aviation experience often use the degree to gain access to advancement opportunities within their profession.  
    Other students without prior experience use the degree to develop aviation and business acumen in preparation for administrative and operational positions at airlines or airports.
    Students are encouraged to work with their advisor to choose courses that focus toward the position(s) they are most interested in.  For example, students may choose to take elective courses that lead to an air traffic control minor or an aircraft dispatcher certification.
  • What kind of courses are included in this program?
    The BSAT in Aviation Management includes introductory courses in business administration, accounting,  aviation law, private pilot ground school, aerodynamics, safety and air traffic control.  It also give gives students an opportunity to study topics such as airport operations, airline operations, human factors, aviation security, and business at the upper-division level.  The BSAT Aviation Management program includes all required courses for a minor in Business Administration.   
    For a complete list of classes see the Aviation Program Guides Page.
  • How much does the program cost?  

    Costs for this program can be found at the Aviation Program Cost page.