Aviation Technology B.S.

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    Aviation Technology B.S.

    Earn your bachelor’s degree in aviation technology in the only FAA-approved collegiate flight training program in Alaska.

Explore the aviation technology bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

At UAA, you can earn your bachelor’s degree in one of the top aviation schools in the country. Led by experienced aviation professionals, the bachelor’s degree program offers state-of-the-art training facilities and valuable career-building opportunities. The program also features unique courses in accident investigation, airport and airline management techniques, aviation safety and flight training up to and including multi-engine rating.

Emphasis areas in the aviation technology program
In UAA’s aviation technology bachelor’s degree program, you can focus your studies in professional piloting or aviation management.

  • Professional piloting: Prepare for careers as a professional pilot. With both ground and airborne flight training based on FAA-approved course work, UAA graduates are also eligible for an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate with reduced aeronautical experience.
  • Aviation management: Learn how to manage the unique requirements of airlines, airports and aviation support operations. This program prepares you with both the managerial skills and technical background for positions in all aspects of the aviation industry.
  • Aeronautical Studies: The Aviation Technology degree with Aeronautical Studies is designed to help students who have aviation-related education or experience to complete a bachelor's degree and transition into the aviation industry.  This concentration is flexible and can be used by students with a variety of different academic and career goals.

Aviation technology scholarships and financial aid
Get help with tuition and education expenses. UAA offers a variety of scholarships and other types of financial assistance you may qualify for when you major in aviation technology. Learn more about scholarship opportunities.

Aviation Technology B.S.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Emphases: Aviation management, professional piloting

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Other program options: AAS Professional Piloting and AAS Air Traffic Control, minor in aviation technology

Did you know..

UAA offers the only collegiate 141 flight training program in Alaska.

What can you do with an aviation technology degree from UAA?

Employer feedback indicates that UAA aviation program graduates are more reliable, conscientious and detail oriented than other employees. Those are just a few of the reasons many UAA students are recruited even before completing school. With your bachelor’s degree in aviation technology, you’ll also be prepared to enter a growing job market with strong demand for pilots and aviation management professionals.

Aviation technology graduate programs
Interested in pursuing an advanced degree in aviation? UAA aviation technology alumni have gone on to complete master’s degrees in a variety of fields. You might also want to explore UAA’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program.

Aviation technology careers
The bachelor’s degree in aviation technology prepares you for career opportunities with airlines, airports, general aviation and government organizations, as well as in education and the aerospace industry. Sample job opportunities include:

  • Military pilot
  • Charter pilot
  • Airport director/administrator
  • Training manager
  • Human resources manager

By the numbers..

Aviation jobs in Alaska
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Pilots in Alaska
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Aviation technology bachelor’s degree program highlights

Prepare for high-demand careers in the aviation industry in Alaska and around the world. These are some of the top reasons to earn your bachelor’s degree in aviation technology at UAA:

  • Get hands-on experience working with state-of-the-art aviation technology and equipment. The program offers fully equipped flight training airplanes (including several multi-engine aircraft), Advanced Aviation Training Devices (AATD) and a level B flight simulator. UAA’s 80,000-square-foot training facility at Merrill Field also features a retired Boeing 727 donated by FedEx, which is used as a training aid by UAA’s Aviation Technology Division.
  • Work closely with experienced pilots and aviation management professionals. UAA faculty include nationally recognized instructors with extensive piloting and aeronautical experience. Faculty are also dedicated, accessible teachers you’ll get to know and interact with on a regular basis.
  • Prepare for high-demand careers in aviation. UAA alumni have a solid foundation in all aspects of aviation, including safety and management, placing them in high demand among employers. Many aviation technology students are recruited for employment even before completing their undergraduate programs.
  • Join a program with strong industry partnerships. Internships and community-engaged projects connect you with local employment opportunities throughout your course of study. UAA’s program also features an industry advisement committee with representatives from large and small aviation companies from across the state of Alaska.
  • Take part in campus clubs and organizations. Opportunities include UAA’s professional chapter of Alpha Eta Rho, an international aviation co-ed fraternity.

Amazing stories from aviation technology majors

I used to want to be an astronaut ever since I was little. But later decided that being a pilot would be even greater. After arriving at UAA and seeing the aviation buildings, I took it as a sign that it was now meant to be.

Marie-Sophie Boggasch
B.S. aviation technology ’16 with an emphasis in professional piloting

Aviation technology bachelor’s degree program curriculum

Core courses in the aviation technology bachelor’s degree program cover a broad range of topics, including aircraft operating limitations and performance, weather and atmospheric processes, federal regulations and airport operations, aircraft accident investigation and much more. You can also choose an emphasis in aviation management or professional piloting based on your interests and career goals. 

Top classes for aviation technology majors

  • Flying Alaska Bush
  • Instrument Flying
  • Search, Survival and Rescue
  • Airport Operations