Our Aviation Management and Operations (AMO) curriculum provides a blend of business, safety, law, and management courses, balanced with in-depth technical and hands-on experience. We keep the classes smaller to ensure students get individualized attention in our brand new 8,800 square foot facility at the airport. Our airport is only a ten minute walk from the residence halls, as we are one of only two universities in the nation that have their airport located on campus. Our faculty members have a great deal of management and engineering experience within the aviation industry. We have a family environment at BGSU Aviation; You're never just a number.
The outlook for employment as an AMO graduate is excellent. The aviation industry is a global market that is currently experiencing rapid growth. There will be a rising demand for pilots and support personnel for many years to come. According to Boeing, "As global economies expand and airlines take delivery of tens of thousands of new commercial jetliners over the next 20 years, the demand for personnel to fly and maintain those airplanes will be unprecedented." With this explosive increase in the aviation industry, continued demand for managers and other support staff is also expected.
Career opportunities in aviation management are very diverse. The various career paths available for jobs in aviation management include the following and more: Airport management, fixed base operation (FBO) management, corporate flight department management, airline management, management in aviation insurance, aviation consulting, aircraft manufacturing, and aviation museum management. There are also many aviation management positions within various agencies of the federal, state, and local government. These include jobs with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), as well as various civilian aviation management positions within the military.
A career in aviation management offers challenging and exciting work encompassing a wide variety of career opportunities and options. Within each of the career paths detailed above, there are also numerous areas of expertise. Our AMO graduates find employment in airport planning, aviation safety, financial planning, security management, environmental management, flight operations, marketing, public relations, airfield operations, personnel and labor relations, freight and cargo management, flight training, aircraft manufacturing, and research and development.
Yes, the aviation program, housed within the College of Technology, Architecture, and Applied Engineering, is fully accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). Through its committed members and outstanding programs, ATMAE serves as the premier leader in developing technology, management, and applied engineering disciplines in academia and industry.
Financial aid is available to help pay for your tuition, living expenses, and personal expenses. Currently, 80% of all BSGU students receive some type of financial assistance. To be considered for need-based aid, you must be an admitted student and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
There are four types of financial aid:
1. Scholarships: BGSU awards an average of 5,800 scholarships totaling approximately $20 million each year. Scholarships are considered gift aid and generally do not require repayment. Awards are based on attributes such as academic achievement, service and talent. The deadline to apply for scholarship consideration is January 15,2015.
2. Grants: These are need based and do not require repayment. Federal and state grants are limited to lower income students.
3. Loans: Student loans must be repaid. Federal Direct student loans for undergraduate students are available to help meet educational costs.
4. Employment: BGSU employs approximately 3500-4000 students on campus throughout the year. Student employees work an average of 10-15 hours per week. Students earn at least $7.95 per hour.
Cooperative education experiences (co-ops) enhance classroom learning by integrating real-world work experience, confirming or redirecting career decision making, improving job opportunities after graduation, providing networking opportunities, and supplementing income while earning a degree. Our co-op program has strong connections with employers and assists students in developing their resume and interviewing skills to prepare them to be successful as they move in to their aviation career. Aviation students participate in two different co-ops that help them transition from the training environment to the working world of aviation.
Graduates from our aviation program are prepared for entry-level professional careers in aviation management. According to Salary.com, "The annual salary for someone with the job title Aviation Manager may vary depending on a number of factors including industry, company size, location, years of experience and level of education." AVjobs.com, an industry-specific website, indicated that management positions within the aviation industry offered average salaries ranging from $32,500 for an entry level position to $135,420 for experienced airport managers.
Yes. BGSU's Aviation Program has Alpha Eta Rho, an aviation oriented co-ed fraternity for aviation majors and minors. BGSU also has a flight team that competes with other collegiate aviation flight programs. Our students who become active in these organizations tend to do better and have more fun during the four years they are at BGSU. One major benefit of being part of these organizations is the network you begin building for the rest of your aviation career.