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What Aviation Programs Are Available Through Distance Education?

Learn about the degree levels and concentrations offered in online aviation programs. Explore their course offerings and get information on career options for program graduates.

About Distance Education Aviation Programs

Several well-respected schools offer online or distance education degrees, including graduate and undergraduate programs in areas ranging from aviation maintenance to management and science. Some of the degrees offered through distance education programs are profiled below.

Important Facts About Distance Aviation Programs

Degrees Associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees
Prerequisites High school diploma or GED for undergraduate programs; aviation-related degree or experience required for graduate admissions
Program Format Many programs are offered completely online; Ph.D. programs are available in a hybrid format
Potential Careers Aircraft mechanic, airport manager or director, pilot, flight instructor
Median Salary (2020)$130,440 (Airline and Commercial Pilots)
Job Outlook (2019-2029)5% (Airline and Commercial Pilots)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Aviation Maintenance

Distance education degrees in aviation maintenance prepare students for careers in areas that include development engineering, hydraulics, systems design and manufacturing. These programs usually award associate and bachelor's degrees. Some programs offer a focus on a specific area like management or safety. The curriculum may include:

  • Aerodynamics and principles of flight
  • Electrical systems
  • Airframe structures
  • Powerplant theories
  • Propulsion systems

Aviation Management or Administration

Programs in aviation management or administration prepare students for careers in the business side of the aviation industry. Distance education programs are offered at all degree levels. Programs combine teaching of business principles and skills with aviation technology and industry practices. Courses offered in aviation management or administration programs may include:

  • Security and safety
  • Aviation law
  • Airport operations
  • Airline management

Aviation Science or Technology

Distance education programs in aviation science or technology are often geared towards aviation industry workers who would like to increase their knowledge of the industry and improve their career options. Programs take an in depth look at both the technical aspects of the industry and operations and management issues. Topics explored may include:

  • Air traffic control
  • Airport operations
  • Communications systems
  • Decision making
  • Weather effects on air travel