Both two and four-year programs exist for those interested in pursuing an education in aviation. Colleges that have their own airport, aviation business, or flight team may afford students a competitive advantage over those that don't.
The following schools all offer at least one degree in an aviation-related field, and tuition rates are based on the 2015-2016 academic year.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered*||Undergraduate tuition and fees (2015-2016)**|
|Arizona State University||Mesa, AZ||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$9,684 (in-state), $24,219 (out-of-state)|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's||$2,834 (in-state), $9,661 (out-of-state)|
|Ohio State University-Main Campus||Columbus, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,037 (in-state), $27,365 (out-of-state)|
|Purdue University-Main Campus||West Lafayette, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,002 (in-state), $28,804 (out-of-state)|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,805 (in-state), $9,450 (out-of-state)|
|Liberty University||Lynchburg, VA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Associate's, Bachelor's||$20,109|
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale, FL||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's||$2,753 (in-state), $8,875 (out-of-state)|
|San Jose State University||San Jose, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$7,378 (in-state), $18,538 (out-of-state)|
|Mt. San Antonio College||Walnut, CA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$1,348 (in-state), $7,960 (out-of-state)|
Sources: *School websites, **NCES
College Selection Criteria
The following points should be considered when choosing an aviation school:
- Choose regionally accredited colleges with aviation programs that include training for the career you want.
- If air traffic control or flying are among your serious interests, be sure to choose a program that meets Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines. The FAA may even have certified it as a 'Collegiate Training Initiative' program.
- See if the school is associated with an airport or large aviation business, since such schools tend to provide more internship opportunities.
- A school with a competitive flight team offers unparalleled opportunity for pilots, ground crew and mechanics.
Aviation education is offered at all degree levels, but be sure to think about your specific career goals and examine the course offerings of each program. Pilots and air traffic controllers, for example, fall under the umbrella of aviation but have very different educational requirements.