What to Expect
Major course work for the professional flight management degree starts as early as
the first semester of your freshman year. It is during this year that you will earn
your Private Pilot Certificate or Instrument Rating, in addition to taking courses
from the university core curriculum.
In your sophomore year, you will complete the next pilot certificate or rating, and
continue taking courses from the university core curriculum. Even as a freshman or
sophomore, it’s never too early to visit a career coach in the Office of Professional
and Career Development. You should also actively participate in student organizations
like the War Eagle Flying Team - which competes with other flying teams at the annual
National Intercollegiate Flying Association competitions, Alpha Eta Rho - a co-ed
professional aviation fraternity, and Women in Aviation, all of which are open to
In your junior year, you will take fundamental business courses in marketing, management,
and finance as well as begin to take courses in meteorology, air traffic control,
safety, aviation law and policy and global air transport. During this year you will
also complete the Multi-Engine Rating.
In your senior year you’ll complete your baccalaureate course work and begin the job interview process. You may wish to continue flying to earn your Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. Graduate school is also an option for those who wish to continue their education.