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Associate in Professional Pilot

Do you want to pursue a career as a professional pilot from the best instructors in a flexible learning format? With this Associate Degree in Aviation Professional Pilots’ program, you can earn FAA certifications through a mix of online coursework and flight training to give you a comprehensive and convenient education. At Indiana Wesleyan University, you can learn to integrate your Christian faith into a career in aviation while developing the skills to qualify for several types of occupations. We also provide student services, from tech support to tutoring, to help ensure you successfully complete this professional pilot associate degree program.

Why Pursue My A.S. Professional Pilot Online at IWU?

The IWU approach to online learning makes it convenient for busy parents and working professionals to complete their education without slowing down. We work with flight schools to bring students local flight training while they complete their online courses. Flight hours are taken early in this program to maximize students’ ability to log as many hours as possible while they learn. From the moment you begin the professional pilot associate’s program, we’ll lock in your tuition rates so you can be assured of no tuition increases while you study. Plus, this associate in aviation program can be completed in as little as two years and prepare you to transition seamlessly into our B.S. in Aviation Management program upon completion. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career in aviation.

What Will I Learn in this Online Associate Professional Pilot Degree Program?

The online courses and flight training cover all the critical knowledge and skills that professional pilots need to be safe and successful in the air. Upon completing this program, students graduate with several certifications, including an FAA Private Pilot Certificate, FAA Instrument Rating, FAA Certified Flight Instructor, and FAA Commercial Certificate with a Single or Multi-Engine Land Class Rating. This professional pilot associate degree program can be ideal for full-time or part-time students who are looking for the perfect place to start their careers in aviation.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

60 Credit Hours


$315/ Credit Hour

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

Financial AidTuition Info

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
What You Will Study in This Associate of Science Professional Pilot Program

Coursework for your associate degree in aviation professional pilots program covers how to:

  • Develop piloting skills according to the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for both a commercial and instrument-rated pilot as described by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Integrate leadership and piloting skills to safely operate aircraft in all types of settings and circumstances
  • Become a lifelong learner who is proficient in risk management, decision-making, and aeronautical knowledge
  • Learn to weave Christian principles into your professional role in aviation

After Graduation
Potential Careers

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

Work in Various Industries

  • Industries

Program Requirements
  • 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.
  • 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.
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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

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