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Aviation Management (AM)

The Aviation Management curriculum prepares students for professional administrative positions in the aviation industry. The Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management will provide a broad understanding of the functions and responsibilities of a manager or supervisor in a variety of related aviation positions. Career tracks range from such occupations as Airport Manager to Director of Operations for a major airline. Flight training is not required, however, to gain a better understanding of the aerospace industry, student's are encouraged to obtain at least a Private Pilot Certificate with instant flight endorsement.

Program Strength

Recognized throughout the Midwest as a high-quality program

  • Provides technical and management skills for students interested in working in aviation related positions other than flight.
  • Specialized courses such as Aviation law and Air Carrier Systems, taught by professionals in aviation industry.
  • Flexible Degree concentrations. Plan allows students to specialize in airport management, aircraft dispatcher, or aviation studies

A variety of scholarships ranging from $500 to $1500 are available to full-time aerospace technology students on a competitive basis. Credit is awarded for internships/co-ops with aerospace companies and airports. Internships/co-ops are also possible.

Aviation Management Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire knowledge of air traffic operations
  • Acquire knowledge of airport operations
  • Acquire knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations
  • Acquire good verbal and written communication skills
  • Understand the need for formality and respect in communication
  • Work in a diverse team setting
  • Understand and exhibit ethical responsibility
  • Demonstrate responsibility and professionalism

Career Information

Employment is generally found at airports and 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.

Graduates of our program are employed with all the major U.S. Air Carriers. Employers include: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, U.S. Airways, Northwest Airlines, American Tran Air, Express One Airlines, Continental Express, Air Wisconsin, Boeing Co, Emery Worldwide Airlines, UPS Federal Express, U.S. Check, Kroger, Inc., and military services.

High School Preparation

Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English Composition, Speech and Computer Data Processing.

General Education Requirements

All students working toward a Bachelor's Degree at I.S.U. are required to complete additional semester hours in General Education, including both required and elective courses, grouped under categories of interrelated subjects.


(Indiana residents. Estimated at 2007-08 rates. Approximate cost per year)  Cost for EACH of four academic years

Academic Credit Hour Fees $6,462.00
Technology Fee $120.00
Room and Board $6,942.02
Books $800.00

Students planning to earn the FAA Private Pilot Certificate should add approximately $6,400.00 to overall costs