Online Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management

Ready to learn more about the
Or Choose a Different Area of Study
Ready to Take the Next Step?

Program at a Glance

  • Become a leader in a wide range of supervisory roles in the aviation industry.
  • Gain a foundation in aviation operations and business management while developing decision-making and problem-solving skills required for managerial-level positions.
  • Take convenient online courses developed by Purdue University’s prestigious School of Aviation and Transportation Technology expert faculty and leadership.
  • Personalize your degree with electives based on your career interests, including two micro-credentials in business development or diversity.
Upcoming Start Dates

Course Effort
15–18 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
4 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
(120 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit

Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management Overview

Interested in advancing or launching your career in the aviation industry? Prepare for a wide range of leadership positions in this growing field with our online aviation management degree.*

The BS in Aviation Management combines courses in aviation and business to give you a broad understanding of the industry and help you develop the leadership skills and knowledge needed for supervisory roles. Find your place within this multifaceted field—applicable positions range from gate agent to aviation business operations supervisor and freight and cargo management.

Through our bachelor’s in aviation management program, you will:

  • Develop specialized knowledge of the aviation industry and enhance your business management, leadership, and communication skills.
  • Take courses taught by faculty with real-world experience as pilots, entrepreneurs, and military personnel.
  • Learn how to make an airline workforce function effectively while maximizing profitability.
  • Explore key leadership and management theories for aviation strategy, formulation, implementation, evaluation, and control.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Curriculum Designed by Leading Experts

The curriculum was designed by experts from Purdue University’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology and Purdue Global’s School of Business and Information Technology, which offers ACBSP-accredited business programs.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

    Save Time and Money on Your Degree

  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

    Your Experience Counts

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

    Financial Aid FAQ

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

Program Cost Estimator

Calculate your estimated tuition and ways to save


View the total cost of attendance for your program.

What Courses Will I Take?

Coursework combines aviation studies and business management, providing a foundational knowledge of the specialized industry and leadership skills that will help you succeed in a variety of managerial roles.

The curriculum emphasizes problem-solving and managerial-level decision-making, and includes courses on communication, operations, finance, safety, and more.

See All Aviation Management Courses
Sample Courses
  • Aviation Business
  • Introduction to Managment
  • Aviation Finance
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Airline Operations

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
  • Major Credits
  • Elective Credits
  • Total Credits

Career Opportunities

Whether you’re interested in operations, airline consulting, airport security, or manufacturing, the online aviation management degree helps you qualify for leadership roles across the growing aviation industry.

You can work for airlines, airports, the Federal Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security, and more. Applicable positions include airfield operator, manager of airlines and airport security, and freight and cargo management.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Active listening
  3. Judgement and decision-making
  4. Management of personnel resources
  5. Complex problem-solving

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

icon of calendar with a clock in gold

Take 3 Weeks to Get to Know Us

Not sure if Purdue Global is right for you? Experience a Purdue Global undergraduate program for an introductory 3-week period.

There’s no financial obligation and no cost to apply.

That’s the Purdue Global Commitment.

pages icon

Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.


*Employment and Career Advancement: Purdue Global does not guarantee employment or career advancement. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience and opportunities for employment. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions.

Aviation Industry Job Growth: Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Airline and Commercial Pilots, National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.