Department of Aviation

Aviation Management

Aviation Management Degree

The Aviation Management degree focuses on the business knowledge needed for success in the airline and aviation industries, emphasizing general management and comprehensive understanding of all aspects of aviation operations.  The degree contains an embedded general business minor and 14 hours of free electives to tailor the degree to career aspirations.  The degree leads to careers with airlines, aircraft manufacturers, airports, and other segments of the aviation industry.

Aviation Management Degree Curriculum Model (AU Bulletin)

Aviation Management Degree Curriculum Model


Program Education Goals

 Our goal is to:

  1. Develop aviation professionals with exceptional knowledge, skills, and values. Graduates will be highly educated, technically proficient, safety-oriented, and business-minded.

  2. Develop aviation professionals that advance global aviation. Graduates will have a global perspective and embrace diverse cultures and ideas.  Graduates will recognize historical trends, current issues, and emerging opportunities.

  3. Develop aviation professionals that aspire to lead. Graduates will champion integrity, cultivate professional and personal growth opportunities, subscribe to a philosophy of lifelong learning, and lead by serving others.


Aviation Management, B.S Degree Student Learning Outcomes

 Students graduating from the Aviation Management, B.S. program will:

  1. Conduct aviation operations in a professional, safe, and efficient manner.
  2. Describe historical trends, current issues, and emerging opportunities in aviation.
  3. Apply effective oral and written communication skills to function effectively in the aviation environment.
  4. Articulate the value of integrity, lifelong learning, and building diverse teams in serving and leading others.
  5. Apply knowledge of core business principles.


What to Expect

During your freshman and sophomore years, you will take introductory-level aviation courses and university core curriculum courses that promote the development of analytical and critical thinking skills, communication skills, and mathematic skills that prepare you for the degree coursework and the 21st century workforce.

Get involved with a student organization such as Women in Aviation, the War Eagle Flying Team, or Striped Wings Student Ambassadors to begin connecting with other students, alumni, and industry professionals. 

As a junior, you’ll start the major coursework for your degree and should consider running for an officer position in a student organization to develop your leadership skills in the aviation environment.  Consider internships for the upcoming summer as the experience and professional networks you build will give you a professional edge as you move into your senior year. 

As a senior, you will complete your coursework and begin the job interview process.  Graduate school is an option for those wishing to continue their education.


Aviation Management Minor

The aviation management minor provides students in other majors an overview of the aviation industry.  The program allows students of any major the opportunity to broaden their horizons in the field of aviation and transportation. Students can tailor their minor coursework to fit their interests and may begin taking courses in the minor as early as their freshman year if they meet the course prerequisites.

Aviation Management Minor Curriculum Model (AU Bulletin)



The Aviation Management degree is accredited by Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI), the organization responsible for academic accreditation of aviation and aerospace educational programs.


Comprehensive Assessment Plan

A comprehensive assessment plan is written and implemented by Department of Aviation faculty and staff to meet requirements set forth by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) and Auburn University.  Download the Aviation Programs Comprehensive Assessment Plan. 


Graduation Rates

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Student Employment Outcomes

First career steps for Spring 2018 Aviation Management graduates. 


Type of Employer/Advanced Degree


Aviation-related employment or degrees:


Aviation Management




Aviation Electronics


Air Traffic Control


Aviation Maintenance




Material or Equipment Supplier




Other employment

2 (military)

Aviation-related degree




Other, non-aviation-related employment or degrees


Non-aviation employment


Non-aviation degree


Seeking employment


No information


Graduate Degrees


Learn More

To learn more about Aviation Management programs, please contact us or plan a visit to campus.

Last Updated: November 12, 2018