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:
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).
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 programleave 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.
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:
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
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.