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Aeronautics Certificate

Become a leader in the aviation industry with an Aeronautics certificate from the University of Central Missouri. The aviation industry is undergoing significant change and it needs highly qualified leaders. Whether you add it to your bachelor’s degree or take it as a stand-alone qualification, UCM’s Aeronautics certificate demonstrates that you’re ready to meet the challenges of the aviation industry and you have the knowledge and skills to make effective and efficient decisions — making you a highly marketable job candidate. 

Like the Aviation minor, but available to students majoring in Aviation, UCM’s Aeronautics certificate program offers a focused curriculum that addresses the history of aviation alongside current legal and safety trends. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of aviation and be prepared to pilot the industry to an exciting future. Our Aeronautics certificate pairs particularly well with the following majors:

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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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Complete in just one semester

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What you will study

The University of Central Missouri’s Aeronautics certificate  program coursework covers topics in aviation's history, present and future. Learn from instructors with a breadth of experience in the aviation industry to better understand current challenges so you’re ready to solve problems right away.

Our Aeronautics certificate includes four courses:

  • Private Ground School: Basic ground school in support of flight training, covering subjects related to radio communication procedures, aerodynamics, weather, navigation and Federal Aviation Regulations.
  • Aviation History: Study major events, people and changing technologies in the development of the present day air transportation system.
  • Aviation Law: Get a legal foundation of the federal and state regulatory functions that influence aviation and those who work in the industry.
  • Aviation Safety: Develop a knowledge of contributing factors that affect aviation safety, and learn control methods and techniques to reduce accidents related to aircraft and the aviation field.


Excellence in Aeronautics

  • 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)
  • Most Focused Colleges for Air Transportation in the Plains States Region (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in aeronautics

As an Aviation student at UCM, you’ll have access to extensive tools and resources. We operate a regional airport just three miles from our Warrensburg campus, where you’ll supplement your classroom learnings with on-the-ground experience.

  • Private ground school: Complete the same ground training as future pilots at UCM’s Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport. You’ll learn how airplanes fly, the impacts of weather and other aviation-related topics. 
  • Faculty mentorship: Learn from aviation experts with experience in airport management, maintenance, safety and flight instruction who will support and guide you throughout the undergraduate program to ensure you have everything you need to be successful.
  • State-of-the-art facilities: Our School of Aviation owns and operates a fleet of 24 aircraft, ranging from the Cessna 172 Skyhawk to the high-performance Beechcraft B58 Baron, as well as a state-of-the art flight simulation program. 


What can you do with a certificate in Aeronautics from UCM?

Earn the Aeronautics certificate as a stand-alone qualification to give you the knowledge and skills to propel your career, or add it to one of our Aviation or Business majors to accelerate and elevate your professional skills in jobs such as:

  • Airport manager
  • Fleet operations specialist
  • Flight instructor
  • Flight safety officer
  • Operations director
  • Pilot

No matter your chosen career path, UCM’s Aeronautics certificate gives you valuable expertise that will enhance the value and marketability of your bachelor’s degree.

Career outlook for the aeronautics industry

The aeronautics industry is taking off and offers a variety of career opportunities. Use the tool below to explore job outlooks, salary potential and other data related to aeronautics and aviation careers.




Financial assistance options for your Aeronautics certificate

The University of Central Missouri is dedicated to providing high-quality education at an affordable cost. In fact, we were recently ranked a Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report, and we are recognized as a top-ranked university for low student debt by LendEDU. 

In addition to our already low tuition and fees, UCM provides a range of financing options, including scholarships, grants, loans and other financial aid resources, to put a college education within your reach. 

Both the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies and the School of Aviation offer scholarships for new and returning students. Learn more about program-specific awards by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Explore programs related to aeronautics.

Our nationally recognized Aviation program offers several areas of study. Consider these other undergraduate programs to complement your major:


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