The Bachelor of Science airline management degree program is targeted toward meeting a need in the airline industry for qualified managers who have specialized training in this profession. Graduates of this program will be able to secure entry- to mid-level management positions in airlines. The program includes a substantial component of liberal arts and basic science courses. Courses in the major address management issues in general, as well as aviation and airline management. Students may also complete a variety of elective courses related to airline aviation management, as well as in some technical areas.

In addition, new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations currently require Safety Management System (SMS) programs to be implemented in airlines, so an SMS certificate as part of this degree gives graduates an additional advantage in their careers.

Other certificate and elective programs are available including SMS, cargo, drones, import/export, customs, security, and dispatch.

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The airline management program includes a substantial component of liberal arts and basic science courses. The general management courses build on the skills derived from the language, humanities, science and math foundation to prepare students in the various functional areas of management—accounting, finance, economics, public relations and planning. Courses in the major address issues in general aviation and airline management. These include international trade, airline services, cargo, finance, accounting, marketing, public relations and strategic management.

Students may complete a variety of elective courses related to airline aviation management as well as in some technical areas, including FAA dispatch.

Students interested in this program are eligible to participate in the FAA’s Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) according to the requirements listed in the AT-CTI section. Students may also complete the dispatcher program according to the requirements described in the section Aircraft Dispatcher License Training Program.

See our Online Catalog for the full curriculum.

  • A Sampling of Classes:
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Air Transport and Cargo Management
  • Airline Management
  • Aviation Safety
  • Industry and Labor Relations
  • Management

Graduates will be prepared for careers in airlines and related businesses for entry- to mid-level positions of administrative responsibility in public or private enterprises and for further study at the graduate level.

Career possibilities afforded to students in this program include customer service representative, aircraft financing or leasing agent, crew scheduling manager, and dispatcher.

Potential internships and employers for graduates include: Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Spirit Airlines, JetStream Ground Services, Inc., Air France KLM, JetBlue Airways Corporation.

50% increase in students participating in internships since 2009More than 164 companies and organizations have recruited on campus70% of Vaughn students get paid internships*

Vaughn College’s career services department employs a variety of tools to assist students and alumni in their development as professionals. The department meets and communicates with individuals through appointments, e-mail and phone conversations, providing information, editing and reviewing resumes and helping with the job and internship search process. It implements weekly workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills and job fair etiquette. It organizes job fairs in the fall and spring, each with 40-plus companies, and a graduate school fair in the winter.

The department also networks with companies on behalf of Vaughn students for job and internship opportunities. It manages a private job board website, Vaughn Career Connect, where students and alumni can post resumes and apply for positions. Employers registered on the site can post jobs as well as search and review student and alumni resumes for potential candidates for open positions. For more information on career opportunities, visit Vaughn Career Connect here.

  • A Sample of Vaughn Internships:
  • American Dynamics
  • Atlas Air
  • Disney College Program
  • EgyptAir
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • FAA (Enterprise Data and Messaging Engineering Team)
  • FAA (Tech Center)
  • Federal Express
  • FlightSafety International
  • General Electric
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
  • NASA
  • NASA (Marshall Space Flight Center)
  • NAVAIR (Naval Air Systems Command)
  • NBC
  • NYU Engineering Summer Research
  • Rashid Petroleum Company
  • Sikorsky Helicopters
  • Textron Aviation
  • United Airlines
  • Venture Aerobearings
  • Watertown Airport
  • Aircraft Service International Group
  • Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air
  • American Airlines
  • AFCO/AvPorts
  • B.F. Goodrich
  • The Boeing Company
  • Bombardier Transportation
  • Cessna Citation
  • Chautauqua Airlines
  • CitationShares
  • Consolidated Edison
  • Continental Airlines
  • Copa Airlines
  • Covenant Security
  • Cummins
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Emirates
  • Empire Aero
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • General Dynamics
  • General Electric
  • Gulfstream
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • Jetblue Airways
  • JFK International Arrivals Terminal
  • KeySpan
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Mesaba Airlines
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Orion Power
  • Panasonic Avionics
  • Panorama Flight Service
  • Pinnacle Airlines
  • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Southern Air
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Sikorsky Airlines
  • United Technologies
  • US Airways

Vaughn is in the borough of Queens—one of the five boroughs in New York City—and the most diverse county in the country. Minutes from campus are “Little India” in Jackson Heights, the great Greek and Italian restaurants of Astoria, and the bustling Chinese markets of Flushing. Want more? The excellent museums, nightlife and cultural events of Manhattan are just a short commute away.

Outside the classroom, Vaughn students get together, work together and have fun together in student clubs, professional societies, honor societies, and in intercollegiate athletics. Whether you live in the residence hall at Vaughn College or commute, there’s always something to do on campus. Grab a bite to eat with friends in the cafe. Work out at the fitness center. Watch the College’s many sports teams play. The Vaughn Warriors compete in men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, and cross country; and men’s soccer and baseball as a part of the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

You can also join one of the College’s many student clubs or professional societies. From the Hispanic Society of Aeronautical Engineering, Veterans Organization, and Society for Women Engineers, to the Robotics, Drone and Gaming clubs, this campus has a way for you to find a new interest or pursue a passion.

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