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The aviation management major is designed to build upon technical training in aviation maintenance, flight, avionics technology, air traffic control, aircraft operations support or other aviation-related fields. The technical training may be gained through Southern Illinois University Carbondale, other post-secondary institutions, proprietary schools, military, government agencies, or through government certified flight or maintenance training schools. Students entering the Aviation Management major are encouraged to complete the requirements of an aviation-related associate degree under the provision of the Capstone option. As an alternative to an associate degree in aviation, students in aviation management should have aviation-related work experience, internship experience or technical training.
The program of study for those with the appropriate technical background and approximately 60 semester hours, or 2 years, of university credit, courses cover work center, airline, financial, and safety management; labor-management relations; general aviation operations; industry law and regulations; airport management and planning; aviation maintenance management; air traffic control; and university core curriculum courses in social science, science, and humanities.
For off-campus students there is a degree program designed to build upon technical training in aviation-related technical fields. This career-oriented degree meets the educational needs of someone who has aviation industry work experience or training from the military, a technical institute, community college, proprietary institutions or industry training programs. More information on this off-campus program can be found Here.