Business: Aviation Management

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A Growing Field in a Competitive Market

Opportunities for aircraft pilots and aviation personnel are growing steadily. Today's competitive job environment requires the right education and training to help you succeed. A growing number of commercial pilots have college degrees with flight training from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified schools.

Why Marywood?

Marywood University is the only institution in the region that offers a bachelor’s degree in aviation management. Plus, our program is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP). Our faculty are pilots themselves, and small class sizes allow them to give students personal attention.


Marywood offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Aviation Management. This program has two tracks:

  1. Professional Pilot/Flight Operations (Download Curriculum)
  2. Airport/Airline Management (Download Curriculum)

This unique combination of programs will prepare you for a career in airline/airport management and as an aircraft pilot. Pilots working in the field today find that having a business degree is a great asset.

Fly from the Start

Students in the Professional Pilot/Flight Operations track begin flying during their first semester. Marywood’s flight training program is certified as a Part 141 FAA flight school. Students who graduate in the Professional Pilot/Flight Operations track are certified FAA Commercial Pilots with instrument privileges. In addition, students have the option to obtain a multi-engine rating and a Flight Instructor’s Certificate (CFI).

Flight training is conducted at the Wyoming Valley Airport (KWBW). This unique, uncontrolled field offers many challenges that aid in the student's learning experience. After obtaining the necessary licenses and ratings, several of Marywood’s students have stayed on board to be instructors for Marywood's Aviation Program. Here they build the necessary flight time and gain experience as their careers progress. 

Build on Your Existing Abilities & Learn New Skills

If you already have flight experience, or if you have earned an associate's degree in aviation from another institution, you can enhance your current abilities and build upon your experience with new skills. A bachelor’s degree in aviation management will open doors to advance your career.

Placement & Internships

Marywood students can take advantage of many internship opportunities. Graduates of our Aviation Management Program have secured positions as airline pilots, military pilots, and managers with aviation companies, as well as FAA inspectors and airport managers.

Air Force ROTC

Marywood students can participate in the Army or Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). ROTC provides leadership training, worldwide travel opportunities, and a career path to commissioning as a military officer. Scholarships are available to students who participate in the ROTC.

FAA Reduced Airline Transport Pilot Status

Marywood University’s Aviation Program is approved for reduced Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Reduced ATP will allow current and new Marywood students to be eligible for an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with reduced aeronautical experience.

Marywood University is one of a select number of schools in Pennsylvania that was approved for the reduced ATP certification. The FAA authorizes institutions of higher education to certify graduates of specific aviation degree programs for a restricted privileges ATP certificate with reduced aeronautical experience. This authority is distinct from the ATP CTP (Certificate Training Program) and allows for pilots with fewer than 1,500 hours of flight time to obtain a restricted privileges ATP certificate. A restricted privileges ATP certificate allows a pilot to serve as a First Officer until he or she obtains the necessary 1,500 hours.

Marywood Aviation Student Casey's First Solo Flight