Aviation Management

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Aviation Management

  • Only aviation management degree in region
  • FAA-certified
  • Begin flying during your first semester

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Marywood is the only institution in the region that offers a bachelor's degree in aviation management in which you can earn a combination aviation management/business degree. Pilots working in the field today find that having a business degree is a great asset to their professional career advancement opportunities. Plus, our program is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP).

Our aviation management program includes two tracks:

  • Professional pilot/flight operations
  • Airport/airline management

Pilot ground instruction is provided on-campus, while flight operations are arranged through an exclusive contract with Wyoming Valley Airport (KWBW), approximately a half hour from Marywood's campus. We offer the following ratings:

  • Private pilot
  • Instrument rating
  • Commercial pilot
  • Multi-engine rating
  • Certified flight instructor (CFI)

Students who have aircraft operations training and have achieved any of the aforementioned FAA Ratings upon enrollment will receive Marywood University credits in the appropriate ratings area. Likewise, if you are transferring from a community college with an Associates Degree in Aviation Management, you are expected to have successfully completed all of the required ratings. A maximum of 20 credits will be accepted for these ratings.

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Captain Joseph A. McDonald, ATP, FE, CFI A&I, MEI, BGI
Assistant Professor
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Today's competitive job environment requires the right education and training in order to help you succeed. According to Air Incorporated, growth in travel and tourism in the next decade will lead U.S. airlines to hire more pilots and aviation personnel.

Students in Marywood's aviation management program begin flying in their first semester. The flight training, conducted by an FAA-approved 141 flight training school and 135 charter operation, makes it easier for those seeking careers as professional pilots to build the number of hours required for entry into this exciting field.

Recent graduates of this program have accepted positions with several local and regional airlines. As a future graduate, you will be prepared for a career in airline management, airport management, or as an airline pilot.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Requirements for Majors

All students seeking a business degree are required to complete the following courses:

BUS 111 Principles of Marketing
BUS 123 Management and Career Options
BUS 131 Accounting I
BUS 132 Accounting II
BUS 200 Advanced Computer Tools for Management 3
BUS 234 Introduction to Financial Planning
BUS 252 Business Law I/Legal Environment of Business
BUS 301 Management Information Systems
BUS 312 Operation Management/Quantitative Analysis
BUS 341 Organizational Behavior
BUS 422 Personnel/Human Resource Management
BUS 475A,B,C,D Portfolio Experience
BUS 481 Business Policies and Strategic Planning
ECON 100 Basic Economics 3/6*
[ECON 101
ECON 102
Principles of Economics I
Principles of Economics II
MATH 155 Statistics for Behavioral and Social Science
PHIL 427 Business Ethics
PHIL 315 Ethics 3*

Total: 45/48 credit hours: 36 Business credit hours—9/12 liberal arts* credit hours.

The student majoring in one of the aforementioned business areas may also elect to pursue a double major or emphasis in another business area. In doing so, the student is required to take at least an additional 15 credits outside his/her major area. The student should consult with his/her advisor for more information.

All students in the program will take: ECON 100: Basic Economics, or both ECON 101: Principles of Economics I and ECON 102: Principles of Economics II, which fulfills the Social Science requirement within the Liberal Arts core. MATH 155 fulfills one of the liberal arts requirements in Category III. Aviation Management majors are encouraged to take ENVS 212 as their Science requirement in Category
III. All Business students are encouraged to take BUS 380, Ethical Leadership and Corporate Responsibility, as a business elective.

The recommended curriculum in each major area is available in curriculum guide format for the four year period and can be obtained in the SBGI Office.

All SBGI students are strongly urged to take advantage of the excellent opportunities in work experience provided by the corporations that have agreed to participate in the internship program. This unique on-the-job training gives students a chance to utilize skills developed in the formal classroom. Students can register for the internship during their junior or senior years; however, their QPA in their major must be at least 2.75 unless approved by the Executive Director. Accounting and Finance students may have to do their internships during the spring semester of their senior year. However, the internship requirement may be waived by the Executive Director if there is evidence that it may create a student hardship.

Students transferring from other colleges/universities, upon acceptance, will be required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in the School of Business and Global Innovation at the Marywood campus.

Aviation Management

Students in Marywood University’s Aviation Management Program prepare for careers in various managerial positions available with commercial airlines and/or as commercial pilots. The students begin flying in their first semester. The flight training is done through a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved, 141-flight training school which is conveniently located at the Wyoming Valley Airport, approximately twenty miles from Marywood’s campus. Students who have previously completed their flight ratings at another collegiate institution may receive credits for each of the ratings achieved.

Students will pay for flight training on a per hour basis. Information regarding specific program fees is available through the University Admissions Office or the SBGI Office at Marywood University.

Students majoring in Aviation Management are required to complete 63-69 credits in the School of Business and Global Innovation. The general business core and the courses required in either track selected are part of the program requirements.

2. Professional Pilot/Flight Operations

BUS 141 Aeronautical Theory-Private Pilot Ground*
BUS 142 Aeronautical Theory-Instrument Ground*
BUS 243 Aeronautical Theory-Commercial Ground*
BUS 141A/141B Private Flight Rating* 2
BUS 142A/142B Instrument Flight Rating* 2
BUS 347A/3347B/347C Commercial Flight Rating* 5
Multi-Engine Flight Rating (optional)***
Certified Flight Instructor Rating (optional)*** 2
BUS 240 Advanced Aircraft Systems
BUS 255 Airline Management
BUS 256 Commercial Aviation Safety
BUS 352 Aviation Law 3
BUS 353 Advanced Aerodynamics

Total:33-36 credit hours

NOTE: Residents of Pennsylvania may apply for scholarships through the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania.

* Successful completion of the FAA exams.
** Credit may be awarded to students who are accepted into the program and have successfully completed their ratings at another collegiate institution.
*** Optional rating.