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Aviation, B.S. (Professional Flight Concentration)

Aviation, B.S. (Aerospace Management Concentration)

Aviation, B.S. (Aerospace Technology Concentration)

Aviation, B.S. (Unmanned Aircraft System Concentration)

Degree Concentrations

  • B.S. in Aviation, Aerospace Management concentration
  • B.S. in Aviation, Professional Flight concentration 
  • B.S. in Aviation, Aerospace Technology concentration
  • Minor in Aviation (Flight)
  • Minor in Aerospace Management

Who Would be Interested in Aviation?

Students who will excel in this field :

  • Are interested in aerospace technologies, flight careers as professional pilots, and aviation management
  • Are strong problem solvers
  • Like math and science

Why Aviation?

The aviation career field is wide open and growing at a tremendous rate! EKU graduates continue to enjoy great employment success throughout the industry, excelling as pilots, airport managers and within every segment of corporate and business aviation operations. All of the major US regional airlines recruit at EKU and our Professional Flight graduates are snatched up by the airlines immediately upon reaching 1,000 hours of flight time! Check out these stories of recent EKU students and their adventures:

Degree Benefits

The differentiating elements of EKU's world-class aviation program are:

  • All FAA commercial pilot ratings included
  • All FAA instructor pilot ratings included
  • All EKU aircraft re-configured and updated into a standard instrument configuration for continuity of flight instruction

Learn from the Best

  • Outstanding faculty, with members active in the field with extensive service to the profession.
  • Faculty members have more than 100 years of combined experience in both military and civil aviation, in rotary wing, turbo prop, and turbo jet aircraft, and as military and civil flight instructors.
  • Aviation professors currently serve as members of the Kentucky Aviation Association (KAA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

  • Students may select Aviation upon applying to the university.
  • Additionally, in order to avoid developmental coursework in math, students should have a minimum of 22 on the Math subsection of the ACT exam

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

Graduates of the Professional Flight degree are employed at (among others) or prepared for jobs with:

  • All major airlines
  • All regional airlines
  • Many foreign airlines
  • Aviation Charter companies
  • All five US military services with aviation elements
  • Corporate flying jobs with companies owning their own airplane

Aerospace Management students prepare for careers with hands-on training in operations, scheduling and dispatch for management professionals at:

  • Airports
  • Airlines
  • Corporate Aviation
  • Government agencies such as the FAA, NASA, and NTSB

Management graduates work in:

  • Aviation Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Safety and Security at local, national and international levels

Management students also have the opportunity to receive certification as an AAAE Certified Member (AAAECM) through the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).

How Do I Get More Information?

307A Whalin
Department of Applied Engineering & Technology

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?