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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

B.S. Aviation - Aviation Management

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Our Program

Aviation management careers are among the most challenging, interesting and exciting jobs.  A Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Aviation Management opens the door to career possibilities both flight and non-flight related.


The aviation management program is joint taught through the Department of Aviation and the College of Business.  Minnesota State University, Mankato professors boast comprehensive backgrounds in aviation studies, management and business.  Their experience translates to a robust curriculum and hands-on opportunities applicable to careers in air transportation, air commerce, airport planning, airport management and aircraft sales and aviation insurance.


 Quick Industry Facts:

  • Median Pay for Administrative Managers in 2017 was $94,000
  • The industry is expected to add over 280,000 jobs in the next 10 years
  • Expected job growth between 2016 and 2026 is over 10%, much faster than other industries

Learn more about the field here.


Aviation Management Students Can Expect to Learn:

  • Leadership techniques and tools
  • Communication skills
  • Marketing, management, and organizational theories
  • Project management
  • Human resources management
  • Financial management
  • Customer focused decision strategies
  • Creativity and innovation


Required Courses for Major

Students pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Management will take a variety of courses in aviation theory, law, economics, and marketing.  The following courses are an example of some of the courses students will complete during their time with us.  A full list of courses including required general education courses are also available below.


Aviation Common Core (25 credits)

  • AVIA 101 (3) World of Aviation (AABI

  • AVIA 201 (3) Theory of Flight (AABI

  • AVIA 437 (3) Aviation Safety (AABI

  • AVIA 445 (3) Aviation Human Factors (AABI

  • AVIA 432 (3) Aviation Law General (AABI

  • AVIA 150 (3) Private Pilot (AABI

  • GEOG 217 (4) Aviation Weather (AABI

  • AVIA 334 (3) Aviation Management

Aviation Management  (36 Credits)

  • ACCT 200 (3) Financial Accounting (prereq: IT101, Math 112)

  • BLAW 200 (3) Legal Environment of Business (prereq: ACCT 200, IT 101)

  • ECON 202 (3) Principles of Microeconomics

  • FINA 362 (3) Business Finance

  • MGMT 100 (3) Introduction to MIS

  • MGMT 230 (3)Principles of Management

  • MGMT 340 (3) Human Resource Management

  • MGMT 380 (3) Human Behavior in Organizations

  • MGMT 472 (3) Project Management

  • MRKT 210 (3) Principles of Marketing

2018/ 2019 Bulletins, Plan of Study, & Course Descriptions

Business Administration Minor (7 Credits)

Students pursuing an Aviation Management Major are encouraged to complete a Business Admin. Minor, however, this is not a program requirement.  Students who chose not to complete a Business Admin. Minor will need to complete additional elective credits in another area of their choosing 

[PDF] Learn More About the Business Administration Minor (28 KiB)


Advising Note - Level Restrictions

In addition to any course prerequisites listed for the courses below, the department also enforces a course leveling prerequisite. This means that freshmen (those who have earned 0-29.5 semester hours of college credit) may enroll in 100 level courses only, sophomores (completed 30-59.5 semester hours) may enroll in 200 or 100 level courses, juniors (completed 60-89.5 semester hours) may enroll in 300, 200 or 100 level courses and seniors (all students who have earned 90 semester hours) may enroll in 400 level courses or below.