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UCM Ranked as a Most Affordable School in Aviation Management, Operations

By Jeff Murphy, January 8, 2020

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WARRENSBURG, MO – While much attention is currently given to the aviation industry’s need for skilled pilots, airports and airline companies need people who have a savvy business sense and possess administrative skills required to successfully manage operations. Based on data released by Affordable Schools, anyone who wants to land such a job may want to consider pursuing their education at the University of Central Missouri.

UCM is listed as 22nd on Affordable Schools’ online feature, “30 Best Affordable Bachelor’s in Aviation Management and Operations 2020.” With more information available at, these rankings include some of the most prestigious aviation programs in the nation.

The list of the most economical aviation management and operations degrees was determined by considering factors such as 2018-2019 tuition data for public and private universities with four-year aviation management bachelor’s majors and the average student-faculty ratio at these schools. Programs at 55 institutions across the United States were considered in determining the top-value aviation management and operations degree options. The scale used to help rank schools prioritizes degree options with more faculty-student interaction.

UCM offers a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management within the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, and students who seek this degree choose between two emphasis areas: Flight Operations or Airport Management. Featuring a 17-1 student-faculty ratio, the 120-credit program is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI), and also features a curriculum that requires 210 work hours at internships with aviation businesses and organizations. With this degree, graduates may seek positions that include serving as an airline manager; airport director, inspector, manager, planner, or security manager; facilities manager, FBO manager, operations director or personnel manager.
Affordable Schools notes a sunny outlook for individuals who are seeking careers in aviation management and operations, based on data from organizations such as the International Air Transport Association and the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor projects management occupations to grow by 7 percent and operations managers to increase by 6 percent by 2028. Projected growth for management consultants is 14 percent over the next decade.

To learn more about opportunities in aviation at UCM, visit the School of Aviation’s website.


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