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Aviation Minor

Take off to an interesting and exciting career with an Aviation minor from the University of Central Missouri.

Our Aviation minor adds value and marketability to your undergraduate degree. You’ll learn about aviation’s past, present and future and choose related courses based on your interests and goals. Upon graduation, you’ll have a solid understanding of industry challenges and opportunities and be prepared to lead in your future career.

You can pair our Aviation minor with any non-Aviation major to enhance your undergraduate studies and give you the knowledge and skills to be successful — whichever career you choose. Agriculture, Business and Criminal Justice are popular majors to pair with our Aviation minor because they allow students to explore the use of aircraft within their industry.

Get your Private Pilot License

As a student enrolled in UCM’s Aviation minor, you’ll have the option to earn your Private Pilot License (PPL). Use your electives for flight training and get your hobby and another potential career path off the ground.

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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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Nationally recognized aviation program

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Earn a Private Pilot License

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Study at Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport

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Faculty are aviation experts and pilots

What you will study

The University of Central Missouri’s Aviation minor program coursework will provide foundational knowledge about the history of aviation, as well as its current challenges and opportunities for the future. You’ll also complete private ground school training — the same training that pilots complete — at UCM’s Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport, the only university-owned airport in Missouri. Three aviation-related electives round out the undergraduate program. You can pursue a Private Pilot License by completing flight training or choose from popular courses such as:

  • Corporate Aviation Management: Learn the managerial, administrative and financial business functions related to the use of business aviation aircraft.
  • Aviation Weather: Discover how to interpret aviation weather reports and forecasts and understand hazards that may affect your operations.
  • Private Pilot Certificate: Gain the ground school knowledge needed to prepare you to take the FAA examination for the Private Pilot Certificate.


Excellence in Aviation

  • 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 and Operations (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 15%: Most Popular Colleges for Air Transportation (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Best Value School (U.S. News & World Report, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in Aviation

When you minor in Aviation, you’ll gain access to expert tools and resources and learn from faculty with professional experience in all areas of aviation. Supplement your classroom learnings with hands-on experience at UCM’s Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport, our fully functioning airport located just three miles from campus.

  • Private Ground School training: Private Ground School — the same ground training required for FAA licensure — is included in the core curriculum and covers aircraft parts and instrumentation, aerodynamics and airport operations.
  • Expert faculty: Our faculty and instructors are all aviation experts and pilots with experience in airport management, maintenance, safety and flight instruction. They bring their in-air and on-the-ground experience to the classroom to prepare you to soar into a new career.
  • State-of-the-art facilities: Over our 50-year history in aviation education, we’ve accumulated an impressive fleet of 24 aircraft, as well as state-of-the art flight simulation programs.


What can you do with a minor in Aviation from UCM?

The sky’s the limit when you add an Aviation minor to your UCM undergraduate degree. Business majors who minor in Aviation are well-equipped to pursue a career in airport operations. Criminal Justice students who wish to work as a federal air marshal will have a foundation in aviation, while Agriculture students understand the important role aviation plays for surveying or fertilizing crops. No matter your major, our Aviation minor equips you with the skills you need to achieve your career objectives.

Explore careers in aviation

Learn more about what you can do with a minor in Aviation: Use the tool below to explore job options, salary potential and career trends in the aviation industry.




Financial assistance options for your Aviation minor

At UCM, we know that financing your college education is a top concern. We pride ourselves on making quality education affordable through our low tuition and fees and our numerous scholarship and grant opportunities. In fact, we are a top-ranked university for low student debt, according to LendEDU, and we’ve been named a Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report.

In addition to university-based scholarships, many program scholarships are available based on your area of study and academic achievements. The School of Aviation offers more than 20 different scholarships to new and returning students each year that you may qualify for.

You can also check your major area of study to find out what scholarships are available and receive guidance on any external funding opportunities that may be available through industry organizations. Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Explore more minors.

Adding a minor to your undergraduate degree can help you hone the specific skills you need for your chosen career. If Aviation isn’t quite right for you, you may consider one of our other minors:


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