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Aviation Management - Option 2: Airport Management BS

Your Journey as an Aviation Professional Starts Here

Airports are integral parts of the Airspace System Plan - vibrant, dynamic, ever-changing environments where highly qualified managers and leaders are critical to safe, efficient, effective operations. From financial policy, personnel management, decision making, operational safety, to federal and municipal regulatory compliance, as a member of an airport management team, you must be a highly qualified, capable aviation professional.

The University of Central Missouri's Aviation Management - Airport Management B.S. develops leaders that have the skills needed to manage these operations.

Career Options for Graduates

  • Airline Manager
  • Airport Director
  • Airport Inspectors
  • Airport Manager
  • Airport Planners
  • Airport Security Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • FBO Manager
  • Ground Manager
  • Operations Director
  • Personnel Manager

Graduate Outcomes

 Graduates of this program will understand:
  • The overall systems planning and structure of airports.
  • Airport, airline and aviation industry finance.
  • Aviation safety and security needs.

American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) UCM Student Chapter

Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world's largest professional organization for airport executives, representing thousands of airport management personnel at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE's members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support airports. AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C. and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities including training, meetings and conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

The AAAE Student Chapter at UCM is a student organization for those who are interested in a future within the aviation industry. Membership of the AAAE UCM Student Chapter is open to all current UCM students, regardless of major and without any discrimination.  The members of this chapter take part in airport tours, conferences, presentations from industry professionals, and social events all of which focus on increasing each student’s skills, knowledge, and networking within the aviation profession.

AAAE UCM Student Chapter members have the opportunity to attend the Annual AAAE Conference and Exposition. Previous locations for the conference include Houston, TX, Long Beach, CA, San Diego, CA, Boston, MA, and many others.

Every student within UCM’s Airport Management prepares to take AAAE’s Certified Member exam before completion of the program. Becoming a Certified Member (C.M.) is a great way to show future employers your dedication to your airport career. Students must join AAAE as an Academic Graduate member of AAAE and enroll in the Certified Member Program. The C.M. is a useful credential when seeking employment within the airport management profession.

Candidates in the C.M. program obtain the designation by completing only one step - a 180-question, multiple-choice examination. This multiple-choice exam is comprised of information contained within the four Body of Knowledge modules, and measure a candidate’s comprehensive knowledge of airport management. UCM will proctor this exam at the end of the student’s senior year.

AAAE website:

Contact: Advisor Dr. Matthew Furedy at

Missouri Airport Managers Association (MAMA) UCM Student Chapter

MAMA is an organization comprised of the public use airports in the state. The group works toward the improvement of airports in the state through educational and networking opportunities at twice-yearly conferences.

MAMA is a student organization that seeks to bridge the gap between those seeking Airport Management degrees and those who are already Airport Managers within Missouri.

The members of this chapter take part in airport tours to gain a better understanding of their day-to-day operations, conferences and presentations from industry professionals, and social events all of which focus on increasing each student’s skills, knowledge, and networking within the aviation profession.

MAMA UCM Student Chapter members have the opportunity to attend two separate conferences each school year. The 4-States Airport Conference happens annually in downtown Kansas City each fall.  This conference is comprised of all aviation-interested groups in the 4 state central region of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.  Airports representing the 4 states, consultants, and other aviation related organizations have joined together to keep apprised of aviation issues in the Central Region, as well as to cover education topics at the fall conference.  The second conference is the Annual Missouri Airport Managers Association Conference that is held in Lake Ozark, MO each spring.

MAMA website:

Contact: Advisor Dr. Matthew Furedy at

Aviation Internships

An internship experience is required for all Airport Management majors. Additional information regarding internships opportunities and the related processes may be obtained from Sarah Alkire, the HCBPS Internship Coordinator at or by contacting Dr. Matthew Furedy at


Dr. Matthew D. Furedy
Asst. Professor of Aviation
T.R. Gaines 210D


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