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Aviation Management

Saint Louis University offers two options for majoring in aviation management: a traditional, on-campus program offered at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology (Bachelor of Science in aeronautics, with a concentration in aviation management) or an online degree offered through SLU’s School for Professional Studies (Bachelor of Science in aviation management).

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Major in Aviation Management

Students in SLU's aviation management program gain aviation knowledge starting their freshman year. The remaining years of the program offers a strong business management core, including skills in:

  • Decision sciences
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • International business
  • Management

Advanced coursework for the major addresses airport management, aviation law and air transportation economics, among other topics.

Traditional, On-Campus Program

Aviation management students at Parks College have the option to minor in three areas, including flight science, where you'll gain flight experience in fixed-wing aviation. On-campus students can also explore the following minors: 

Air traffic control: SLU's air traffic control minor consists of 16 credit hours. You'll get hands-on experience in our air traffic control lab, which simulates the air traffic control tower environment, radar facilities and communication with pilots.

Flight education: SLU's flight education minor consists of 16 credit hours. Students earn various flight instructor certificates and ratings. You'll also train primary flight students under the supervision of an experienced flight instructor.

Flight science: SLU's flight science minor consists of 19 credit hours, which include flight and ground instruction courses. It is designed for students not already majoring in the program who are interested in obtaining flight certificates and ratings.

Graduates are eligible to obtain a private pilot certificate, instrument rating, commercial pilot certificate and multiengine rating. Before enrolling, you must possess a Class II FAA Medical Certificate and be able to comply with Transportation Security Administration requirements.

Note that additional fees apply to all flight courses.

The aviation management curriculum for the on-campus program is under consideration for professional accreditation by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).

Online Option 

SLU is also one of only a few schools in the world with an online aviation management degree program, offered at our School for Professional Studies. If you choose to major in aviation management, you will learn to manage airlines or direct corporate flight offices and be well versed in the technical language of the industry. All classes can be taken online.

If you pursue the aviation management degree online, you can get actual flight experience and earn commercial pilot ratings and certificates as a fixed-wing or helicopter pilot through SLU’s partnership with Midwest Helicopter.

Graduates who pursue the Helicopter Pilot Preparation program leave the program with private, commercial and instrument helicopter licenses. They can fly as an independent contract aviator, as a commercial pilot or a government employee with the Federal Aviation Administration or the Department of Agriculture.  

Curriculum
  • ASCI 1850: Safety Management Systems
  • ASCI 3100: Air Carrier Operations
  • ASCI 4050: Human Factors
  • FSCI 4450: Aviation Law
  • ASCI 4650: Economics of Air Transport
  • ASCI 1010: Professional Orientation
  • ASCI 1850: Safety Management Systems
  • ASCI 3100: Air Carrier Operations
  • ASCI 4050: Human Factors
  • ASCI 4250: Professional Ethics and Standards
  • FSCI 4450: Aviation Law
  • ASCI 4800: International Aviation
  • FSCI 4650: Economics of Air Transportation
  • ASCI 4910: Internship with Industry
Internships and Careers

Graduates from SLU's aviation management program are well prepared for supervisory, sales, marketing, budgeting and personal management positions in the aerospace industry, including those in the following areas:

  • Airports
  • Aircraft manufacturers
  • Commercial airlines
  • Fixed-base operators
  • Government

The breadth of experiences offered through SLU's aviation management degree program also allows our graduates to pursue positions outside of aviation in other technical fields.

Faculty
  • Stephen Belt, Ph.D.
  • Bruce Hoover
  • William Irwin
  • Terrence Kelly, Ph.D.
  • Stephen Magoc, MBA
  • Manoj Patankar, Ph.D.
  • Saul Robinson

Student Organizations

The Flying Billikens 

Join Alpha Eta Rho, an international collegiate aviation fraternity; the Flying Billikens, a precision flight team; or Parks College’s Women in Aviation chapter. Parks College also offers independent studies in aviation for students who want to pursue theoretical or experimental research under the direction of a faculty member.