Online Bachelor's Degree in Professional Flight

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Total Courses
Cost per Credit
3 years
Average Completion*
15–18 Hours/Week
Course Effort

Bachelor’s in Professional Flight Overview

Are you ready to become a professional pilot or flight instructor? It’s your time. Take the next step and earn your aviation degree online from Purdue Global.

  • Complete your nonflight aviation courses 100% online.
  • Earn the aviation licenses and ratings you need to advance. Already have them? Get the credit you deserve and earn up to 45 credits for industry certifications.
  • Enjoy access to our wide network of partnerships, including numerous aviation industry organizations and flight schools where you can complete flight hours, if needed.
  • Gain a broad perspective of the aviation industry from understanding your aircraft to managing aviation operations.

Flight Certification

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Professional Flight, you will have also earned industry certifications through the FAA, including:

  • Instrument Rating Certification
  • Commercial Pilot Flight Certification
  • Flight Instructor Flight Certification (CFI)
  • Multiengine Flight Certification (ME)
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Designed by Purdue Aviation Experts

The plan of study, curriculum, and courses were developed in collaboration with Purdue’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology, whose renowned alumni have been part of every major achievement in aviation and aeronautics for more than 100 years.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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

Admission Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. In addition, you must provide proof for evaluation and approval by the dean or designee of either: a minimum of a commercial pilot certificate with airplane single-engine and multiengine ratings and a flight instructor certificate, or completion of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirement for a Private Pilot Flight Certificate and acceptance and simultaneous enrollment at a Purdue Global-approved flight training partner.

Refer to the University Catalog for additional requirements or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

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What Courses Will I Take?

In the bachelor's degree in professional flight, you'll learn from experienced professionals who bring real-world knowledge to the courses they teach.

Sample Courses

  • Aviation Operations Management
  • Aviation Safety Problems
  • Advanced Aviation Meteorology
  • Human Factors in Aviation
  • Advanced Flight Path Management
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Program Requirements

Core Credits
Major Credits
Elective Credits
Training/Certification Credits
Total Credits

Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

The bachelor's in professional flight program tuition does not include University fees and associated program and practica fees. View the total cost of attendance for your program. Contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Transfer Credits

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

Grants and Loans

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Financial Aid

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Military Tuition Reduction

Undergraduate tuition savings for military include a 55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and 38% per credit for veterans.

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Career Opportunities

Once you complete flight school training in term 8, you’ll be qualified to work as a flight instructor while still pursuing your goal to become a commercial pilot. Networking with aviation professionals along the way can help you achieve your career goals.

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Job titles associated with the Bachelor of Science in Professional Flight include:

  • Flight instructor
  • Commercial pilot

Flight Training Experience Options

If you’ve already earned your commercial pilot certificate with airplane single- and multiengine ratings and a flight instructor certificate, you’ll be awarded all 45 flight training and certification credits — saving you time and money.

If you haven’t earned these qualifications yet, you’ll need to enroll in a Purdue Global-approved flight partner school.

The School of Aviation leadership team created specific criteria to ensure our approved flight partners meet the industry’s gold standard. Described below are two types of partners. Students have the option of choosing the one within their geographic area that benefits them the most.

Our partners’ flight training includes private pilot, instrument, commercial, multiengine, and certified flight instructor. In addition, employees, members, and students of either partner - which has an Education Alliance Agreement on file - will receive a tuition discount.

Alliance Partners for Flight Training

Alliance partners' flight training offers an accelerated pathway because students are not required to complete the flight training labs and flight lecture courses at Purdue Global. A student will receive 45 transfer credits upon completing private pilot certificate, instrument rating, commercial pilot certificate, multiengine rating, and certified flight instructor certificate and obtaining the associated FAA certificates and ratings. Under this type of partnership, students will pay tuition and course fees directly to Purdue Global and pay flight training fees directly to the alliance partner.

Affiliate Partners for Flight Training

Affiliates’ flight training is closely aligned with Purdue Global’s flight training labs and lecture courses within the BS in Professional Flight. As students complete their flight training with our affiliate partner, they will simultaneously complete Purdue Global’s flight training lab. The flight training lecture course can be completed concurrently or within one term. Under this type of partnership, students will pay tuition, course fees, and flight training fees directly to Purdue Global. Purdue Global will reimburse the affiliate partner for the flight training fees. Visit the aviation degree tuition and fees page for details of affiliate partner flight training fees.

Program Outcomes and Skills


  • Disciplinary knowledge and skills: Discuss the major areas of professional flight, including but not limited to, the evolution of aircraft, commercial air transportation, airspace management, and regulatory oversight bodies.
  • Publication and analysis: Synthesize current publications in aviation operations including, but not limited to, finance decisions, aircraft maintenance, and meteorology.
  • Critical-thinking and problem-solving: Analyze principles, concepts, safety, and/or issues in aviation to work effectively in the field.
  • Leadership and teamwork: Apply leadership and teamwork practices as they relate to the aviation industry nationally as well as internationally.
  • Professionalism and ethics: Examine aviation as a profession including careers, certifications, professional ethical behavior, and communication.


  • Communication skills: Learn how to speak clearly and effectively with air traffic controllers and crew members and how to listen carefully to instructions.
  • Observational skills: Practice maintaining situational awareness, identify distances between objects, discern colors, and monitor cockpit instruments.
  • Problem-solving skills: Learn to assess situations and find solutions for sudden in-flight changes or challenges, such as air traffic deviations or adverse weather.
  • Quick reaction skills: Develop rapid responses to a wide range of potential dangers in the air or on the ground, using sound judgment to take action.

Student Handbook

Download the Bachelor of Science in Professional Flight Student Handbook to learn more about the program and get answers to frequently asked questions.

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*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program.

This program is relatively new, and thus historical data regarding time to completion are not available. Completion time estimates based on a full-time schedule: 3 years, 2 courses per term; 2 years, 3 courses per term. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

Bachelor of Science in Professional Flight Admissions Requirements: Students are required to submit a first-class medical clearance and proof of citizenship through a Purdue Global approved flight training partner prior to enrollment at Purdue Global. International (non-U.S. citizen) students who wish to enroll must complete a TSA clearance check and obtain an M-1 Visa through one of our U.S. flight training alliance schools that offers these services. Students must hold a Private Pilot certificate prior to enrollment.

Certification Exams: Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams. You must pass additional exams offered by independent certification agencies to become certified in this field. For more information, consult an Admissions Advisor.

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. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

Tuition and Fees: Flight time and training are not eligible for federal financial aid and will be at your expense. Refer to the program’s tuition and fees for details.