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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. 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

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.


  • 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

You’ll Learn To…

  • Merge leadership and piloting skills to safety 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 Certificate Standards (ACS) for both da commercial and instrument rated pilot as described by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Career Options

  • Entry-level Regional Airline or Corporate Pilot
  • Banner Tow Pilot
  • Survey Pilot
  • Crop Duster Pilot
  • Flight Instructor

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


60 Total
$299/ Credit Hour*

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. 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, veterans benefits, and employer reimbursement.


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.

12 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 university catalog. 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.

GEN-111, AVM-120, AVP-101, AVP-102, AVP-111, AVP-112, AVP-201, AVP-202, AVP-203, AVP-211, AVP-212, AVP-213


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 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.

  • 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.

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.


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


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 312-263-0456. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities,, 202-546-8713.

*Effective 07-01-2021 through 06-30-2022