AS Professional Pilot



Some look up at the skies and see empty space. You look to the skies and see possibility.

If you’ve ever thought about a career in aviation, you need a learning pathway that prepares you for your career goals with both flight training and the degree to back it up. The associate-level professional pilot program at Indiana Wesleyan University partners with flight schools to bring you local flight training as well as flexible online classes. You can view all of the flight school partnerships on the Partners tab above. This unique, faith-based program will give you comprehensive knowledge to pursue professional pilot jobs and other careers in the aviation industry. And it allows you to cover some of your flight training with the help of financial aid.

At the end of this program, you’ll graduate with:

  • FAA Private Pilot Certificate
  • FAA Commercial Certificate with a Single or Multi-Engine Land Class Rating
  • FAA Instrument Rating
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor
  • An associate degree from IWU, a regionally accredited university

Already have flight certifications and ratings? You may be eligible to receive up to 27 semester credits in transfer toward completing your associate-level professional pilot program.


You'll Learn How To

  • Merge leadership and piloting skills to safely operate an aircraft in various settings
  • Integrate your faith and use it as a foundation for decision-making
  • Become a lifelong learner and pilot who is adept in risk management, decision-making and aeronautical knowledge
  • Develop piloting skills according to Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for both a commercial and instrument-rated pilot as described by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Who Is The Ideal Candidate For This Program?

This program requires grit and dedication. The ideal candidate works part-time, or is able to be a full-time student. You must devote three to four-hour blocks of time four to five times per week to complete flight and ground training. Because of potential weather and maintenance issues, you should come in with a flexible mindset, ready for the unforeseen events of each day.


Program Details

  • Online learning with on-site flight training at local partner flight schools – no need to relocate
  • Flight courses taken early in the program so students can build hours and experience as flight instructors while finishing their degree if desired
  • Designed in time to meet demand for pilot shortages in coming years
  • Approximately two (2) years to complete the degree
  • Continue your education with the online Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management at IWU
  • $299 per credit hour for tuition, plus additional fees for flight training

Career Possibilities

  • Entry-level regional airline or corporate pilot
  • Banner tow pilot
  • Survey pilot
  • Crop duster pilot
  • Flight instructor


Career Data

Median salary in US, 2018:

  • $133,600 (airline pilots, co-pilots, flight engineers)
  • $80,051 (commercial pilots)
    Source: Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl.



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

Not all programs are offered at all locations and some may only be available online.

Flight 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:



902 W Ludwig Rd | Fort Wayne, IN 46825



Flight Training is offered by Jeff Air at two locations:

897 Airport Parkway | Greenwood, IN 46143

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

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Fees*

Credit Hours Tuition
60 Total $299 / credit hour


The total cost of the program, including tuition and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. 

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.


Flight Training

Flight training fees are not included on this page as fees vary based on the flight school you choose to attend. Your Enrollment Counselor will provide you with your flight school’s list of fees. You can also find these fees by navigating to your flight school’s webpage via the Partner tab above.


Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email



Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

General Education Requirements

View a full list of General Education Course Descriptions

  • Biblical Studies/Philosophy/Religion - 3 credit hours
  • English Written Communication - 6 credit hours
  • English Oral Communication - 3 credit hours
  • Social or Behavioral Sciences - 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics - 3 credit hours
  • Arts & Humanities - 3 credit hours
  • SCI-205 Meteorology & Environmental Impact for Aviators (General Ed - Natural Science Requirement) - 3 credit hours

Total General Education Requirements - 24 Credit Hours

Core Course Requirements

Already have flight certifications and ratings? You may be eligible to receive up to 27 semester credits in transfer toward completing your associate-level professional pilot program. Students who have their Certified Flight Instructor certificate and either Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument (CFII) or Multi-Engine Rating, will receive transfer credit satisfying the requirements for all the AVP courses below.


Electives - 3 credit hours required

The following courses are great options to fill the elective requirement:

  • AVP-221 Multi-Engine Rating Training - 1 credit hour
  • AVP-222 Certified Flight Instructor Multi-engine (Prerequisites: AVP-211, AVP-212, and AVP-221) - 1 credit hour


Below are the lists of requirements for the AS Professional Pilot program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the associate degree programs offered through the College of Adult and Professional Studies are as follows:

  • Proof of standard high school diploma or GED certification.
  • Submission of all required items for the admissions process as outlined in the “application procedures” section of the application packet.
  • All prospective students must be interviewed and approved by the program director or designee.
  • Students must agree to and sign the university’s Aviation Program Waiver of Liability Document.
  • Students must agree to understand and follow the most current version of the university’s Aviation Pilot Student Handbook.

Due to cockpit size configuration and aircraft weight and balance restrictions, an applicant’s height and weight may impact which flight training providers are able to provide services.


In addition, the following Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements will apply:

  • Be at least 17 years of age to enter the program
  • Be at least 17 years of age for the Private Pilot Certificate
  • Be at least 18 years of age for the Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language*
  • Complete verification requirements as required by the Transportation Safety Association (TSA), including presenting either of the following: original Passport or original birth-certificate and government-issued photo identification.
  • Hold either a First-Class or Second-Class FAA Medical Certificate


*The “speak” can be satisfied in the interview by the program director, and for international students, the “read” and “write” can be satisfied by a minimum TOEFL score of 79.

Additional Requirements

  • Students should purchase various piloting devices to perform the functions of a pilot such as a flight computer, current aeronautical charts, headset, etc.
  • Students who need more flight training time beyond the budget for each course must add funds to their account to continue their training.
  • Students will complete flight and ground school training at a partner site. To complete training on time, students need to schedule with the partner four to five blocks of time per week, spanning 2-4 hours in length.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 60 semester hours.
  • Completion of the required core courses with a GPA of 2.25 or higher.
  • Students must maintain a “B” grade in all AVP courses. Failure to maintain the appropriate academic progress may result in suspension from the program.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher.
  • Completion of 24 hours of general education requirements as specified (General Education Requirements).
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.
  • FAA Commercial Certificate with Single or Multi-Engine Land Class Rating.
  • FAA Instrument Rating.
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Associate of Science Professional Pilot. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.