Online AS Aviation Operations

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Overview of the Online Aviation Operations Program

Combine the adventure of aviation with on-the-ground technology and communication for a high-demand, non-pilot career.

Work in a satisfying, well-compensated job in aviation without ever taking the skies. IWU’s Associate of Science in Aviation Operations provides the certification and education to build a successful career in the high labor demand market of aviation through online and hands-on training. The program supports growth in required technology education with opportunities to practice excellent verbal and written communication skills.

This degree program provides an FAA Dispatcher Certification, opening the door to a job in the aerospace industry. This non-pilot program qualifies for several career opportunities in flight planning and dispatching airline flights. Students can work full-time throughout the program except during a 1–2-week residency for certification. While pursuing a degree through IWU students get:

  • Weekly synchronous lessons with faculty members who hold appropriate FAA certifications and have industry experience
  • An FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certification
  • Preparation to begin or advance an aviation career

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You’ll Learn To…

  • Understand industry ecosystems and how they affect aviation
  • Enforce regulations related to safe operations for various commercial air operations
  • Execute risk management and decision making in the aerospace industry
  • Prepare for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate
  • Utilize the aeronautical knowledge and dispatching skills of an FAA Aircraft Dispatcher
  • Develop ethical solutions for essential operations using critical thinking

Career Options

  • Crew Scheduler
  • Aircraft Dispatcher
  • Supervisor
  • Operations Coordinator

Flight and Dispatcher School Partners

Flight training is a high-demand field but the career path is expensive and inflexible. Individuals find these barriers difficult to overcome. As a result, dreams are unmet or delayed. We believe that an aviation career is possible, so we have created a program that offers local, flexible flight training that prepares future pilots. In order to complete that flight training, we have partnered with the following flight schools:



Flight Training is offered by the following Jeff Air locations:

897 Airport Parkway | Greenwood, IN 46143

Air Marion - 5904 S Western Ave | Marion, IN 46953

Louisville Aviation | 2700 Gast Blvd. | Louisville, KY 40205

X-Cell Aviation | 6101 Flightline Dr. | Evansville, IN 47725


LIFT Academy

2753 Cargo Drive | Indianapolis, IN 46241



902 W Ludwig Rd | Fort Wayne, IN 46825


Aircraft Dispatcher Training is provided by


4240 Airport Rd, Suite 106 | Cincinnati, OH 45226

Already a pilot? Learn how you can build on your experience to achieve a degree.



Nationwide Locations


60 Total
$305/ Credit Hour *

$65,000 - $80,000

Applicable flight fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. These range from $65,000 to $80,000 depending on the career goals and selected flight partner. Flight fees typically need to be covered through private loans or personal sources.

Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, and employer reimbursement and may not cover the total program costs. Veterans benefits cannot be used for this program at this time.


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

8 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence. For a full list of courses required to complete your degree, please visit the Associate General Education page (Natural Sciences course not required).



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • Proof of standard high school diploma, GED certification, or current high school transcript for approval by the Aviation Program Director.
  • Submission of all required items for the admissions process as outlined in the “application procedures” section of the application packet.

  • Completion of 60 semester hours.
  • Completion of foundational requirements, specified general education requirements and major requirements.
  • Completion of a minimum 15 hours (or 25%) of the degree requirements at Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.


The AS Aviation Operations at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024