Aviation Management Program

Study the aviation industry to prepare to manage an airport, lead a team of air traffic controllers, run a company or help set aviation policy.

Majors in this degree program

Major Name Location:
Aviation Management West Lafayette


AABIAABI: The Aviation Management Program at Purdue University is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Aviation Management program is to prepare the next generation of airline and airport executives.

Program Educational Objectives

Effectively apply technical knowledge, problem-solving techniques, and hands-on skills in traditional and emerging areas of aviation management.

Be active and effective participants in ongoing professional development, professional growth, and increasing professional responsibility.

Effectively communicate ideas to technical and non-technical people.

Work effectively in teams.

Work within the accepted standards of professionalism.

The Aviation Management Graduate:

Is an aviation professional with:

  • An understanding of aviation as an integrated transportation system,
  • An understanding of aviation as an integrated transportation system.

Has developed and demonstrated:

  • The ability to think clearly and analytically.
  • Effective skills in communication, leadership and organization.

Is prepared to compete in a number of occupational areas within the aviation industry including:

  • Airline management.
  • Airport management.
  • Air traffic control.

Student Outcomes

The aviation management graduate…..

A.      Is an aviation professional with a thorough understanding of professional certification and career management.
B.      Demonstrates a broad-based knowledge of the aviation industry as an integrated transportation system.
C.      Demonstrates an understanding of aircraft performance and design, systems, operations, and maintenance.
D.      Demonstrates an understanding of aviation safety and human factors.
E.      Demonstrates knowledge of safe operations within the international airport, airspace, and air traffic management system.
F.      Demonstrates an understanding of national and international aviation law, regulation, and labor issues.
G.      Demonstrates an understanding of meteorology and environmental issues.
H.      Demonstrates the ability to think clearly and analytically.
I.      Demonstrates effective skills in communication, leadership, and organization.
J.      Is prepared to compete in a number of management-related occupational areas within the aerospace industry.
K.      May be eligible for appropriate levels of Federal Aviation Administration certification.

Enrollment Trends

  2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
West Lafayette 209 188 193 193 168 159 161 132 142

Placement Data*

Number of Graduates Percent of Grads Reported Placement Rate Continuing Education Average Salary
16 93.75% 86.67% 5 N/A