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Aviation Management, BS - Flight Operations Management Option

Flight Operations Degree

Explore the exciting and complex world of aviation management with a Flight Operations degree from the University of Central Missouri. UCM’s program for flight operations specialists provides hands-on experience and plenty of flight time. At the end of your degree program you’ll be able to qualify for Private Pilot Certificate and Instrument Rating, a crucial step on the path to becoming a commercial pilot.

On board the University of Central Missouri’s fleet of 24 aircraft, you’ll experience flight operations from the crew’s perspective and receive priceless on-site training in flight operations at UCM-owned Skyhaven Airport. Skyhaven is the only university-owned airport in Missouri and is located just three miles from the Warrensburg campus for easy access.

Your flight operations management coursework will prepare you to step into a variety of careers in aviation and the military. Graduate with insight into today’s business practices and practical knowledge of safety in aviation.

What is flight operations?

The answer to “what is flight operations?” is complex, since the term references many functions within the Aviation industry. In short, as a flight operations specialist you’ll qualify for a wide range of jobs essential to keeping passenger and cargo planes in the sky.

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Mr. Jim Gamble
Assistant Professor/ Undergraduate Program Coordinator
TRG 210E
Tel: 660-543-8411

Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies

Department of Aviation

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Earn your Private Pilot Certificate

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University-owned commercial airport

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Prepare for aviation or military careers

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State-of-the-art flight simulators

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Fly with UCM’s 24-aircraft fleet

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Qualify for in-demand jobs in aviation

What you will study

The University of Central Missouri’s Flight Operations degree program provides a solid grounding to help prepare you for a successful career in flight operations, with specialty skills in business analysis and aviation management.

UCM’s flight operations management coursework also allows you to work toward your Private Pilot certification. Jump-start your training to be a commercial pilot while simultaneously earning your Flight Operations degree, all in just four years.

When you’re not on site at UCM’s Skyhaven Airport, training to be a flight operations specialist, you’ll benefit from small class sizes and student-centered learning on the Warrensburg campus. Your flight operations management courses may include:

  • Private Flight: Gain the knowledge and experience necessary to operate aircraft in solo flight and night conditions.
  • Legal Environment of Business: Explore areas of law that give context to your study of flight operations, such as legal process, business ethics, contracts, torts and employment law.
  • Aerodynamics: Understand the principles of flight, including drag, velocity, lift, thrust and wing loading, and analyze design features in modern aircraft.
  • Corporate Aviation Management: Learn what the role, scope and purpose is of business aviation and how administration and finances differ in corporate versus public flight operations management.


Excellence in Flight Operations

  • A Most Focused College for Air Transportation in the Plains States Region (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 10.5%: Most Popular Colleges for Aviation/Airway Management & Operations (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 15%: Most Popular Colleges for Air Transportation (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in flight operations

University-owned Skyhaven airport is the perfect arena to explore multiple aircraft and see flight operations first-hand. UCM’s Flight Operations Management course is the ideal way to get a high-quality college education while gaining real-world experience in how to operate and manage aircraft and airports.

Outside of class time, you can further enrich your flight operations specialist education with numerous professional development opportunities.

Join our student flight team, whose members travel to competitions where they can get excellent-value flight time. Get involved with more student groups for additional hands-on learning opportunities and network-building, including:

  • American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)
  • Missouri Airport Managers Association (MAMA)
  • Women in Aviation International (WAI)
  • Alpha Eta Rho (AHP)


What can you do with a Flight Operations degree from UCM?

Launch a successful career in aviation or the military with an Aviation Management bachelor’s degree in Flight Operations from the University of Central Missouri. Through our flight operations management courses, you’ll learn business management, safety protocols and modern standards for aeronautics.

Pursue a career in airport operations, planning or development or in aviation-related business management. As a flight operations specialist, you can also apply for positions in the military or with government agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). 

Learn more about jobs for flight operations specialists

UCM’s Aviation Management bachelor’s degree in Flight Operations Management prepares you for many jobs within the industry, including airline and airport management, flight operations specialist and cargo operations. Use the interactive tool below to explore career trends for graduates with Flight Operations degrees from UCM.




Financial assistance options for your Flight Operations degree

The University of Central Missouri has offered high-quality education coupled with low tuition for over 150 years. We strive to keep our flight fees low to make an Aviation Management degree accessible to as many students as possible. As part of our commitment to low student debt, we offer many resources to help you finance your Flight Operations degree.

If you’re studying to be a flight operations specialist, you may be eligible for scholarships such as:

  • Girls With Wings Scholarships
  • AOPA Flight Training Scholarship
  • AVTRIP Aviation Scholarship
  • Air Traffic Controllers Association Scholarship

Use the UCM Scholarship Finder to explore additional funding opportunities.


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Take your degree further.

A master’s degree can further expand your career opportunities and open doors to senior-level jobs in aviation:

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Make yourself more marketable.

Extend the value of your UCM education by adding a minor or undergraduate certificate to your Flight Operations degree:

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Explore programs related to flight operations management.

If you’re sure about your future in aviation but not sure what path you should take to get there, explore these additional UCM undergraduate degree programs:


Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will understand:

  • Safety management systems, risk management tools and crisis planning.
  • Overall structure of flight operations and regulations.
  • Management of a flight operation: finance, marketing, training, project management and human resources.


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