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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

B.S. Aviation - Professional Flight

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Our Program

More than a flight school, Minnesota State University, Mankato offers an AABI accredited bachelor’s degree specializing in professional flight that provides you with a larger perspective of the aviation industry. Your classes range from how an airplane is built to decision-making in the airline industry. You will learn by flying in our state-of-art fleet and matching simulators, and from aviation professionals with significant industry experience.


Graduates of our program can obtain positions as  Flight Instructors (FI) in flight training programs while they work to obtain the hours they need to apply to the regional carriers.


Our Partnership With Delta

Think you have what it takes? Our new partneship with Delta Airlines provides the best of the best with a streamlined path to flying for one of the world's largest carriers.


Students accepted into the Delta Propel program at MNSU will recieve a Qualified Job Offer (QJO) from Delta contingent on program completion and can begin flying for the world-class carrier in 42 months or less.

Learn more about the Delta Propel Program.


 Quick Industry Facts:

  • Median Pay for Airline Pilots in 2017 was $111,900
  • The industry is expected to add over 124,000 jobs in the next 10 years
  • Mandatory retirements for pilots 65+ is creating a critical need for replacements

Learn more about the field here.


Professional Flight Students Can Expect to Gain:

  • Multiengine Certfication
  • Instrumentation Certification
  • Private Pilot Licese
  • Commercial Pilot License
  • Flight Instructor Certification
  • Leadership techniques and tools
  • Communication skills
  • Creativity and innovation


Required Courses for Major

Students pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Flight will take a variety of courses in aviation theory, law, and instrumentation.  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

Professional Flight  (40 Credits)

  • AVIA 151 (2) Private Pilot Flight Lab
  • AVIA 153 (1) Private Pilot Flight Lab II
  • AVIA 240 (3) Instrument Pilot (Prereq. AVIA 150) 
  • AVIA 241 (2) Instrument Pilot Flight Lab
  • AVIA 243 (1) Instrument Pilot Flight Lab II
  • AVIA 250 (3) Commercial Pilot (Prereq. AVIA 151, AVIA 240)
  • AVIA 251 (2) Commercial Pilot Flight Lab
  • AVIA 253 (2) Commercial Pilot Flight Lab II
  • AVIA 338 (3) Advanced Aircraft Systems (Prereq. AVIA 201)
  • AVIA 340 (3) Flight Operations (Prereq. AVIA 151)
  • AVIA 360 (3) Flight Instructor (Prereq. AVIA 240, AVIA 241 Coreq. AVIA 250)
  • AVIA 361 (1) Initial CFI AMEL Flight Lab
  • AVIA 362 (1) Add On CFI ASEL Flight Lab
  • AVIA 363 (1) Flight Instructor Instrument Flight Lab
  • AVIA 436 (3) Flight Operations and Procedures (Prereq. AVIA 340)
  • AVIA 450 (3) Professional Pilot Theory (Prereq. AVIA 251 Coreq. AVIA 340, AVIA 436)
  • AVIA 451 (3) Professional Pilot Course (Prereq. AVIA 253, AVIA 450)
  • AVIA 455 (3) Aircraft Performance (Prereq. AVIA 338)

The Professional Flight program requires additional fees beyond tutition.

For a list of flight training costs, click here.


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


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.