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Overview of the Online B.S. Aviation Management Program

Where do you want to go? The bachelor’s degree in aviation management can help you make your career plans a reality and take you to new places.

From start to finish, this program prepares you to become a professional pilot or lead in the aviation industry through a management role. Indiana Wesleyan University partners with flight schools to bring you local flight training early in the program so you can build flight hours as you complete your bachelor’s-level courses fully online. This unique, faith-based program takes approximately four (4) years to complete and gives you the degree to back your piloting skills. 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 Commercial Certificate with a Single or Multi-Engine Land Class Rating
  • FAA Instrument Rating
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor
  • A bachelor’s 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 bachelor's degree in aviation management.

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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 while enrolled in flight training. 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
  • Designed in time to meet demand for pilot shortages in coming years
  • Begin flight training early in the program so that it's possible for you to 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
  • Develop skills for business management, specifically in the aviation industry
  • Become a lifelong learner, manager, 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)

Career Options

  • Entry-level regional airline or corporate pilot
  • Banner tow pilot, survey pilot, or crop duster pilot
  • Airport manager or operations manager
  • 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.



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120 Total
$395/ 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.

26 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 Bachelor General Education page.

SCI-205 also meets General Education Requirement. 

The following courses are great options to help fill the elective requirements:

  • AVP-211 Certified Flight Instructor Knowledge - 3 credit hour
  • AVP-212 Certified Flight Instructor Flight Training - 2 credit hour
  • AVP-213 Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Training - 1 credit hour
  • 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

*Note: You'll have the option to take either: a) AVP-112 -OR- b) AVP-113 AND AVP-114

GEN-111, SCI-205, AVP-111, AVP-112,AVP-113,AVP-114, AVP-201, AVP-202, AVP-203, AVM-120, AVM-220, AVM-225, AVM-310, AVM-320, AVM-330, AVM-410, AVM-450, MGT-302, COM-325, ADM-310, MKG-421, MGT-460, ECO-310, ACC-310, FIN-310, HRM-235


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.
  • Original transcripts from all previous college or university study at a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • All prospective students must be interviewed and approved by the program director or designee.
  • Students must agree to and sign the university Aviation Program Waiver of Liability Document.
  • Submission of all other required documents and admissions approval by the program director.

Some flight partners may have additional requirements.

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 120 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 30 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.

  • 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 BS Aviation Management 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