Bachelor of Science

Airline Management

127/128 Credits
  • Exposure to the business methods and issues that inspire the leadership of the airline industry
  • Gain an extensive background in aviation management, technical methods, and industry knowledge to help you be a successful airline manager
Students looking through a window at an air field

Futureproof Opportunities as an Airline Manager

The airline industry is constantly evolving with the changing needs of the organizations, the customers and new developments in technology. The airline management degree is designed to prepare students for the ever-changing airline industry. We train qualified airline managers to be adaptable and innovative so that they can succeed in this environment as entry- and mid-level airline managers.

Our focus on liberal arts and basic science courses―in addition to building a solid foundation in management issues, aviation and airline management―exposes students to a wide variety of tools they can apply in real-life management roles and environments. Because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires safety management systems (SMS) programs to be implemented in airlines today, we give students the opportunity to pursue this certificate, thus allowing them to pursue more advanced airline management careers upon graduating.

99% of Vaughn grads are employed or continue their education within one year.*
of Vaughn grads are employed or continue their education within one year.*
89% 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.*

WHAT YOU'LL STUDY

Students pursuing the airline management degree will build a strong general management foundation, gaining skills in language and humanities, science and math. In addition, we focus on all functions affected by management, which include accounting, finance, economics, public relations and planning. Is airline management a course of study you are considering? In this program, you will be exposed to the major issues that affect general aviation and airline management, including international trade, airline services, cargo operations, import/export, customs and security. This program will prepare you for a diverse set of situations you might encounter in your role as an airline manager. Our goal is to prepare you for a diverse set of situations you might encounter in your role as an airline manager.

You will also have the opportunity to take elective courses in specific technical areas (including FAA dispatch) and unmanned aerial vehicles in addition to other courses in your areas of interest.

Eligible students can participate in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI), in addition to other programs, such as the aircraft dispatcher program.

SAMPLE CLASSES
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Air Transport and Cargo Management
  • Airline Management
  • Aviation Safety
  • Industry and Labor Relations
  • Management

CAREERS

Graduates of the airline management degree program are fully prepared to enter both entry- and mid-level airline management careers. We give students the tools to take on administrative responsibility, public and private enterprise roles, as well as the leadership skills to effectively manage airline teams and organizations.

Graduates often pursue airline management careers in positions as customer service representatives, aircraft financing or leasing agents, crew scheduling managers and dispatchers. Vaughn’s extensive network with alumni, airlines and airports has allowed students to gain hands-on experience during their coursework in internships and in full-time roles after graduation.

50% increase in students participating in internships since 2009
70% of Vaughn students get paid internships††
More than 164 companies have recruited on campus last year

JUST A FEW OF THE COMPANIES THAT EMPLOY VAUGHN GRADUATES:

  • Airlines Reporting Corporation
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Envoy Air
  • Expeditors International
  • Porter Airlines, Inc.

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

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†† A reported 75 percent of student internships for the 2014-2015 academic year were paid (42 paid internships out of 56 reported).
*Outcomes include data within one year of graduation for graduates who reported via survey. There were a total of 304 graduates in 2019. 168 reported an outcome for a 55% response rate. The 2019 graduate class includes September 2018, December 2018 and May 2019 graduates.