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Aviation Management

UW Oshkosh’s online bachelor of applied studies Aviation Management program prepares you to move into an advanced position and become an industry leader.

With a focus on developing advanced skills in leadership and administration, your Aviation Management degree builds upon your professional and educational aviation experience.

Coursework integrates aviation law, airline production management and analysis methods for aviation and aerospace systems.

Earn your Aviation Management degree in as little as two years

For full-time students with 60 or more transferable credits, the Aviation Management degree can be completed in as little as two years. Depending on your educational background and preferred schedule, it may take more time.

Contact an advisor to review your previous coursework and prepare a personalized planner that will help you understand how your FAA ratings and associate degree will transfer and what coursework you will need to complete the degree.

100% Online and Acclerated

Most courses are delivered in accelerated, seven-week sessions, which offer additional flexibility for students with full-time careers.

Courses are delivered through the digital learning environment, Canvas. You will interact with your professors and classmates through online discussion and class lectures. There are no required scheduled meeting times, but there are deadlines and due dates for projects, assignments and discussions.


Academic Programs Office
Sage Hall, Suite 1608
(920) 424-0297

Office of the Dean
Sage Hall, Suite 2612
(920) 424-1444

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 7:45am–4:30pm


Browse Courses

Students in the online Aviation Management program must complete University Studies Program (general education) and core course requirements. Most students have many of the University Studies Program courses covered from their transfer credits.

Previous credits and prior work experience may count for some requirements. Contact the program advisor for a credit transfer estimate!

Liberal Studies 180: Introduction to Aviation (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of the different aspects of the National Airspace System (NAS) including air traffic control, airports, airspace, electronic navigation, operations and procedures, regulations, and how information is disseminated to users of the system. The material is presented form a non-pilot perspective and is intended for students with no aviation background.

Professional Studies 230: Introduction to Leadership (3 credits)

This course will introduce students to a variety of theories and issues involved with leadership, including power and influence; vision, values and ethics; effecting change through teams and coalition; and the importance of embracing diversity. Examples will be drawn from a broad range of contexts, including organizations, education, politics, and communities.

Professional Studies 301: Contemporary Global Issues and Problems (3 credits)

This course explores the ethical and religious dimensions of several global challenges in contemporary international society: (1) the expanding role of religion as a motivation for violence as well as a force for justice and peace; (2) the increasing deterioration of the global environment; (3) international efforts to protect human rights in countries where there is systematic oppression or genocide; and (4) the chronic gap in wealth between rich and poor nations.

Professional Studies 302: Contemporary Technology and Trends (3 credits)

Examines the history, operation, economics, and applications of computer technology and its significance in contemporary life. Consideration is given to a careful description of present technology and what some of the main decisions are that must be made if humanity is to utilize and control this technology.

Professional Studies 335: Transformative Leadership (3 credits)

Transformative leadership is a creative, passionate, and authentic expression of service inspired by the leadership wisdom of Bennis, Drucker, Greanleaf, Hesselbein, Hooks, and Quinn. In this course, learners will have the opportunity to identify and develop individually unique and effective leadership styles and approaches. Through a combination of inventories, reflection, and experiential activities, learners will explore their passion and what constrains their leadership as well as how they impact and influence others. Learners also will observe and analyze the leadership styles of leaders with whom they associate.

Professional Studies 336: Collaborative Leadership Dynamics (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce a theoretical framework for collaborative leadership and the elements of group dynamics that support and maintain its success. Opportunities to integrate theory and practice will be provided to assist learners in understanding how groups function and how they as leaders, impact the ability/behaviors of the group for solving personal, interpersonal, group and organizational problems.

Professional Studies 337: Conflict Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration (3 credits)

Designed to introduce learners to the study of ADR or Alternative Dispute Resolution, this course explores the resolution of conflict through negotiation, mediation and arbitration. A variety of approaches for resolving conflict are examined, from the adjudicative approach (arbitration, private or special judging, neutral fact-finding), to the evaluative (peer, lay, judicial, and expert evaluation) to the mediative approach. Emphasis is given to the mediative process and its usefulness in a wide range of venues. Learners will be given multiple opportunities to integrate theory and practice in the development of conflict resolution skills.

Aviation Management 340: Aviation Law (3 credits)

Introduction to the major aspects of aviation law, including government regulation of airlines, airports, and airline personnel. Students will study the history and origins of aviation and regulations in order to understand the need for and intentions of today’s regulatory environment.

Aviation Management 341: Management of Airline Production and Operations (3 credits)

This course explores key principles within the areas of production and operations in the airline industry. Students will learn the theory and practice of fleet scheduling, maintenance, safety, forecasting, and management.

Aviation Management 342: Aviation Labor Relations (3 credits)

This course will explore the history and current status of airline labor laws, collective bargaining, settlement of disputes, contractual negotiations, and unfair labor practices. Students will also explore current and potential future trends in aviation labor law.

Aviation Management 343: Airline Management (3 credits)

This course will introduce students to the administrative aspects of airline operations and management. Students will develop a partial business plan for a new airline utilizing key concepts.

Aviation Management 415: Aviation/Aerospace Systems Analysis Methods (3 credits) (14 weeks)

This is a capstone course designed to synthesize the various components of airline management covered in previous coursework. Through a computer simulation, students will work through the process of starting a commercial airline and evaluating their options, critically thinking and ultimately making the necessary decisions needed to start a new aviation-related enterprise. This course should be taken in the student’s final semester.

Communication 318: Intercultural Communication (3 credits) (ES)

An examination of cultural influences on human interaction in a variety of contexts. Theoretical and practical aspects of intercultural communication are explored.

Professional Studies 209: Critical Thinking & Writing (3 credits)

Introduces the concepts related to self-directed, life-long learning with a focus on various types of thinking and writing skills through exposure to a broad range of academic subjects. Students will be introduced to the principles and processes involved in developing a learning portfolio, which will be required in their Capstone course.


Admission Requirements

There are four primary ways that students qualify for admission into the BAS Aviation Management program.

Applicants with FAA Licenses of ATP+ or A&P

Applicants may apply for admission to the Aviation Management program with documentation of the following credentials:

  • Copy of current FAA License
  • A current resume.
  • One year of full-time experience in a related position.
  • Two recommendation letters: one from applicant’s supervisor and one from a colleague.

Applicants with an Aviation-related Associate Degree or Technical Diploma

  • Must have a regionally-accredited associate degree in pilot training or avionics.
  • The degree must have been earned after 1990.

Applicants with a Non-Aviation Applied Associate Degree

  • Must have a regionally-accredited applied associate degree with a GPA of at least 2.0.
  • The degree must have been earned after 1990.
  • Students who do not hold an aviation related degree are required to complete the course: LS180 – Introduction to Aviation.

Experienced Aviation Professionals without an Applied Associate Degree

Applicant may apply for admission to the Aviation Management program with documentation of the following credentials:

  • A current resume.
  • Three years of full-time experience in a related position.
  • Two recommendation letters: one from applicant’s supervisor and one from a colleague.


Our tuition rate helps simplify the budgeting for your degree. Please visit Student Financial Services for tuition and fee amounts.

Fees are subject to change each year. This cost does not include the cost of textbooks and materials. Courses taken outside of your degree requirements may have additional fees.

Financial aid is available for students who qualify. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

We also welcome veterans’ benefits and employer reimbursement.

Transfer Credits

You can transfer in an eligible associate degree, an A&P diploma, military credits or FAA certification.

Having a private pilot’s license without meeting the professional or educational qualifications (specified above), will not quality an applicant for this program.

Individual experiences can be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for acceptance.

With approved FAA certifications or an approved applied associate degree, you can transfer in up to 45 credits plus any applicable general education courses.

ATP or R-ATP: 40 credits
ATP + CFI: 43 credits
ATP + CFI + CFII: 44 credits
ATP + CFI + CFII +MEI: 45 credits
A&P Certificate: 45 credits

Veteran Friendly

Visit the UW Oshkosh Veterans Resource Center for more information about military benefits.

A Supportive Community

You will have a strong support network from day one with small classes, dedicated advisors and excellent campus resources that are available to all online students.