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Aviation Management

Option 2: Airport Management, Bachelor of Science Degree

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What can I do with this major

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The mission of the Airport Management program is to provide students the education and experience needed to be a part of the airport management team. This program emphasizes the business, planning, and personnel management background needed to be successful in this career area. This program is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).


Aviation students are required to participate in an internship to utilize classroom and laboratory principles and theories in actual work situations. Internships are normally scheduled during the last half of an undergraduate program. Students earn from one to nine semester hours of credit upon completion of an internship. Internships may be arranged with airports or government agencies depending on interests and career goals of students.

Facilities and Equipment

The Department of Aviation has some of the finest facilities available to prepare students for positions in aviation both on campus and at UCM's Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport.

Student Involvement

Several student organizations exist in the department to enhance the development of special interests and talents of students. Students who are interested in airport management can join the local chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. Alpha Eta Rho, a national aviation fraternity, is dedicated to the professional development of students majoring in aviation. A Chapter of Women in Aviation International (WAI) is a professional organization that promotes training and career awareness.

Special Services

A number of special aviation services are offered at Central Missouri, including an introductory course in aeronautics. Special training programs and classes are also taught by UCM faculty to serve the aviation industry. FAA computerized tests with immediate results are available through the department's LaserGrade testing center. Pilot flight checks are administered by university personnel.

Career Opportunities

Depending on their interests airport management graduates have a variety of job opportunities. Careers in airport management include airport planning and design, airport operations, airport marketing and airport manager just to mention a few. A variety of government positions are also available in the airports division of FAA.


In addition to nearly $7 million in scholarships provided through a variety of merit-based university scholarship programs, the Department of Aviation also offers an Achievement Award for students displaying exceptional talent in aviation areas.

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