Skip to Main Navigation | Skip to Content

Visit the University of Central Missouri
Employment Stats

Professional Pilot Major, Area 1 Airplane

Bachelor of Science Degree

View 4 year plan

What can I do with this major

transfer graphic

The Department of Aviation offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in professional pilot. The mission of the Professional Pilot Program is to provide our graduates with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required for a successful flying career in the aviation industry. Our graduates possess flying skills and aeronautical knowledge that far exceeds the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This program has been accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) and is an FAA Certified Part 141 Flight School.

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. The university owns 18 flightready aircraft including: a fleet of Cessna 172 Skyhawks, multi-engine aircraft, and gliders are available for flight training. In addition, the university has a hot-air balloon, which may be used to earn a rating.

The department's flight simulation equipment includes several advanced aviation flight training devices: including a 737NG AAFD in the TR Gaines Technology Building. This device exposes students to realistic air carrier training scenarios and environment.

Student Involvement

Several student organizations exist in the department to enhance the development of special interests and talents of students. 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.

The National Intercollegiate Flight Team, which promotes excellence in flight performance, has established an enviable record at both regional and national levels. Students who are interested in airport management can join the local chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives.

Special Services

A number of special aviation services are offered at Central Missouri, including an introductory course in aeronautics and a summer aerospace education class for elementary and secondary teachers. 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.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the professional pilot degree program own the flying skills and aeronautical knowledge that far exceed the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration. Careers for pilots include those with airlines, corporate flight departments, general aviation and the military. Because of the diverse training, graduates are highly sought after by employers and work in all aspects of the aviation industry. Certificates and Ratings offered: Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Instrument Rated Pilot, Multi-Engine Rated Pilot, Airline Transport Pilot, CFI, CFII, and MEI.


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.

To Learn More

Department of Aviation


Request more info about UCM.