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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Bachelor of Science in Aviation

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Aviation Program Mission Statement

The mission of Minnesota State University’s aviation program is to educate students today who will become professionals responsible for the safe and efficient design, management, and operation of the aviation system tomorrow.  The program combines all elements of a substantive university education with aviation, flight, and management components to graduate well prepared aviation professionals.  Acquisition of airmanship knowledge, skills, and ability while in college develops professionalism, responsibility, self-reliance and marketable skills for early career progression, and provides important experiences which ensure a level of understanding and competency essential to becoming an effective leader in an aviation profession.

Admission to Major

Students may begin flight training and enroll in 100/200 level aviation courses prior to admission to major.

Admission to the major is completed with Linda Winans in 328 Armstrong Hall - 507-389-6116.   Students must meet the following requirements:

  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours.
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.

Transfer Credits

To satisfy aviation curriculum requirements students with pilot certificates and ratings earned with college credit through an Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) accredited university may transfer those credits without demonstration of proficiency.  College credits obtained through a non AABI accredited institution will be reviewed by the Department of Aviation to ensure the issuing institution follows policies and practices consistent with AABI accreditation standards. 

The Minnesota State Mankato Department of Aviation bases its flight education philosophy in a four year university degree. Consequently, students who have obtained flight certificates/ratings without earned college credit may not have satisfied the academic and flight requirements for the aviation major. Students must demonstrate that they have received the full breadth and depth of knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes consistent with an education received at MNSU. Once enrolled at MNSU, students are expected to complete all subsequent flight training within MNSU's aviation program.

Prior Experience

Students entering Minnesota State Mankato with completed FAA certificates must register for and complete the requirements for the applicable ground school and flight lab courses. Prior flight experience will be evaluated and may result in advanced standing in flight labs. Students are responsible for aircraft rental required for the evaluation.

Flight Lab

Flight labs are accomplished at Mankato Regional Airport and are conducted by our contractor, North Star Aviation. Flight costs are determined on an hourly basis for aircraft and flight instruction. Completion of the flight lab requires completion of the FAA written exam and final stage checkride for that particular FAA certification. FAA written exams require a fee.


Aviation students will be assigned a faculty advisor following an initial orientation session. Faculty advising appointments may be scheduled directly with your faculty advisor.  Mymique Baxter, College of Education Student Relations Coordinator, is available for general education advisement. Students may make appointments with Ms. Baxter through the College of Education Academic Advising Office in 117 Armstrong Hall, phone # 507-389-1215.