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AS Professional Pilot



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

If you want to take your aviation career to the next level, you need a seamless degree pathway that builds on your previous flight training to prepare you for your career goals. Students are eligible to start if they have completed their Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate in any aircraft category and either of the following:

  • Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument (CFII)
  • Multi-Engine Rating


Students meeting these criteria are eligible to receive 27 semester credits toward completing the associate-level professional pilot program. With your flight training complete, this unique, faith-based program takes approximately one (1) year to complete and gives you the degree to back your piloting skills. The AS Professional Pilot seamlessly flows into the BS Aviation Management program.

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

  • An associate degree from IWU, a regionally accredited university

Learn How To

  • Upgrade your leadership skills and learn to apply them in various aviation 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

Who Is The Ideal Candidate For This Program?

Candidates for this program must provide verification of their Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate and either of the following:

  • Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument (CFII)
  • Multi-Engine Rating

Certificates will be verified through Airmen Certification at: https://amsrvs.registry.faa.gov/airmeninquiry/. Medical certificate information will also be verified.

Program Details

  • Online learning – no need to relocate
  • Designed in time to meet demand for aviation industry talent shortages in coming years
  • Approximately one (1) year to complete the degree
  • Continue your education with the online Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management at IWU

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), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

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

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Fees*

Credit Hours Tuition
60 Total $299 / credit hour *Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.


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.


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 IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.



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)

Total General Education Requirements - 24 Credit Hours

Core Course Requirements

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.


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.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 60 semester hours.
  • Completion of the required core courses with a GPA of 2.25 or higher.
  • 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.