Professional Aviation Flight Technology (B.S.)


The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in professional aviation flight technology.

This degree program combines four years of flight training with technical support coursework to prepare students for careers as professional pilots. Graduates are awarded a bachelor’s degree, and have the option to earn an FAA flight instructor certificate with an instrument rating and multi-engine class rating as an undergraduate student.

The program is internationally recognized for the excellence of its facilities, faculty, and graduates. Students obtain a strong aviation foundation at an affordable cost—including lower cost flight training when compared to other Midwestern universities.

  • Students begin flying in the first semester of the program.
  • Multi-million dollar facilities include three ground trainers, a specialized aviation laboratory, and well-equipped classrooms.
  • Relatively small class sizes enable students to work one-on-one with highly talented and dedicated faculty members who are professional leaders in the aviation industry.
  • Students have the benefit of an FAA controlled airport training environment.
  • Credit is awarded for internships/co-ops with aerospace companies and airports.

A number of activities and organizations are available that enable students to interact with other students and professionals, including Alpha Eta Rho, the American Association of Airport Executives, Women in Aviation International, and other aviation-oriented activities.

Other opportunities include the University's Honors Program and study abroad opportunities—which range from summer programs to a single semester or a full academic year in over 56 countries.

Special Note: Consideration will be given to allow college credit to students who have already obtained flight certificates or aviation flight experience up to an instrument rating. Questions should be directed to the Department of Aviation Technology.

Flight Fees

Students at Indiana State University spend on average $56,000 in flight fees to complete the flight training required to graduate with a degree in Professional Aviation Flight Technology (Private Pilot through Commercial Multi certificates). These flight fees are in addition to any tuition costs. Students who go on to earn their Flight Instructor Certificates typically spend approximately $64,000 in total flight fees.

Although this amount seems very large, the return on investment in this field is extensive. Students have the ability to earn approximately $30,000 while still working for the University as flight instructors. Their first year at a regional airline (Republic Airlines, PSA, Endeavour, etc.), they will earn an average of $45,000, advancing to about $55,000 their second year. Their first year at a major airline (American, Delta, United, etc.), pilots will have the potential to earn about $150,000. A 15-year captain at most major airlines averages somewhere between $250,000 - $300,000. Some students may choose to forgo the airline route and choose to be a corporate pilot. The average corporate pilot earns approximately $100,000.

Indiana State University takes pride in over a 98% placement rate among those students who completely finish the program.

Admission Requirements

For admission criteria and instructions, visit Admission: Professional Aviation Flight Technology.

Required Courses


Our graduates are employed by companies throughout the world in all aspects of the aviation industry.

Employment is generally found at commuter airlines in companies having flight departments, the federal government, the military services, flight simulator companies, aircraft manufacturers, state departments of aviation, and airport fixed base operators.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the Department of Aviation Technology offers a variety of scholarships to full-time aviation technology students on a competitive basis.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Aviation Technology
Indiana State University
1-800-833-5325 (toll free)


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Aviation Technology
Indiana State University
1-800-833-5325 (toll free)