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Become an expert in any aspect of aviation at Purdue, the American university with the longest pedigree in flight. From big-picture management strategies to hands-on aerial tech, it’s all here.

Our classes provide hands-on opportunities to delve into the fundamentals of aviation, and each program requires you to tackle real-world challenges. From majors like professional flight which offer practical experience with aircrafts and aerial technology, to majors like airline management and operations which focus on a holistic view of the aviation industry, Purdue Polytechnic's aviation majors are designed to give you options. We foster innovation and empower you to pursue your own interests. Collaborate with global industry leaders, engage in deeply technical in-class projects, solve industry-wide problems and contribute to industry-supported field research. 



Airframe design engineer

Airport operations director

Professional pilot

Flight operations analyst

Geospatial scientist

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12 years frozen tuition
Hudson Tsang

Drone pilot discovers a love for flight outside of the cockpit

Hudson Tsang wanted to be an airplane pilot for as long as he could remember. As a kid, he loved flying remote-controlled planes and helicopters and hoped to one day get his pilot’s license and start a career in flight.

At the age of 12, he had to face an unfortunate truth: He couldn’t become a pilot, at least not for another 10 years. The Federal Aviation Administration denied his medical certificate because of a small cyst that affected his eyesight when he was a child. He would have to wait a decade before he could submit another.


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Aeronautical Engineering Technology Degree at Purdue University
Focus on the design, operation and maintenance of equipment that is essential in aircraft manufacturing and safety.
Aviation Management at Purdue University
Prepare to manage an airport, lead a team of air traffic controllers, run a company or help set aviation policy in the aviation industry.
Professional Flight majors at Purdue University
Gain a larger perspective of the aviation industry, from making decisions to understanding your aircraft, as you train to become a pilot.
Unmanned Aerial Systems degree at the Purdue Polytechnic Institute
Examine the entire system surrounding the unmanned aerial industry, including design, operations, sensors, commerce and policy.


Catherine Darr
All of my coursework helped me prepare for my new job. The third avionics course in my major is helping me develop a well-rounded understanding of many types of avionic systems. I have also learned much regarding leadership and professionalism.
Catherine Darr
Systems Engineer at Boeing
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Explore Aviation Majors at Purdue Polytechnic
Explore Aviation Majors at Purdue Polytechnic
Explore Aviation Majors at Purdue Polytechnic
Explore Aviation Majors at Purdue Polytechnic

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