Online AS Professional Pilot

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Overview of the Online Professional Pilot Program

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.

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

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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
  • Begin flight training early in the program so you could earn income as a Certified Flight Instructor before you graduate

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 a 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:



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


334 N. Airport Rd | Salem, IN 47167

83 Perimeter Rd | Nashua, NH 03063

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.

13 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).

Recommended electives: AVP-211, AVP-212, AVP-213

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.



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.
  • 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.

Some flight partners may have additional requirements.

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 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 foundational requirements, specified general education requirements and major requirements.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.


The AS Professional Pilot 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