Associate of Applied Science

Airport Management

69/70 Credits
  • Learn the essential methods, systems, and theories needed to be a successful airport manager
  • Exposure to an incredible learning environment nearby two major international airports: John F. Kennedy and Newark Airports
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The Future of Airport Management

The associate degree program in airport management prepares students for success in airports and related client businesses and industries. With two of the world’s most well-known airports nearby―John F. Kennedy and Newark―students are exposed to real-life learning environments. Additionally, several regional airports offer students the opportunity for hands-on learning experiences to complement their in-class coursework.

The associate degree in airport management program was designed with a strong career focus to give graduates the expertise necessary to enter the workforce in entry-level positions. After completing the associate degree in airport management program, many graduates have obtained airport management jobs at nearby airports, national organizations and even international locations. Are you considering a career in airport management? At Vaughn College, you will build a strong foundation in various functional areas of aviation including business management, airport operations, aviation regulations, environmental issues, economics, accounting, finance, public relations and planning.

75% of Vaughn grads are employed in their field or continue their education within one year.*
of Vaughn grads are employed in their field or continue their education within one year.*
88% of Vaughn grads are employed or continue their education within one year.*
of Vaughn grads are employed or continue their education within one year.*
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The associate degree in airport management provides a combination of liberal arts, math and science, general management and airport management courses. The curriculum was specifically designed to prepare students for the field, and to be adaptable in the ever-changing world of managing airports.

Your liberal arts foundation is intended to give you a general awareness of issues in recent history and global politics. In addition, you will develop a solid foundation in written and verbal communication skills so that you can lead a team, effectively managing and communicating with your employees and customers on a professional level. Your exposure to math and science will also help you build upon your analytical and problem-solving skills, which will be crucial to your role as an airport manager.

  • Airport Development and Management
  • Career Development Seminar
  • Environmental issues
  • Global Civilization
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Principles of Accounting


Vaughn College graduates of the associate degree in airport management are fully prepared for careers in airports and related businesses. Many graduates of this program assume administrative responsibilities in public and private enterprises or regulatory agencies. We see many students return to pursue the bachelor’s in airport management degree for the purpose of expanding their career possibilities.

Can you picture yourself as an airport operations agent, wildlife manager, customer service manager or insurance agent? This associate degree will give you the education and experience needed to achieve these career goals. Vaughn’s extensive network of alumni and professional connections in the industry have allowed students to pursue aviation internships during their coursework as well as full-time roles upon completing this associate degree program.

Career Insights


  • AFCO AvPorts, LLC- Teterboro Airport
  • American Airlines
  • Atlas Air, Inc.
  • Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Global Aircraft Dispatch
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Menzies Aviation
  • Piedmont Airlines
  • Sheltair Aviation
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
  • Swissport
  • U.S. Airways Express
  • Jettpro Line Maintenance
  • U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic


  • American Dynamics
  • Atlas Air
  • Disney College Program
  • 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


*Outcomes include data within one year of graduation for graduates who reported via survey. There were a total of 237 graduates in 2020. 178 reported an outcome for an 75% response rate. The 2020 graduate class includes September 2019, December 2019 and May 2020 graduates.