Aviation degree programs are available at a variety of Christian colleges and universities all over the United States. These 4-year institutions vary in denomination and size and offer a variety of spiritual growth opportunities and unique aviation program features. Explore a few of these schools and their aviation programs here.
The private, Christian schools that offer aviation programs can be found in states like Virginia, Michigan and California. In the table below, compare some of the colleges' location, denomination and tuition rates.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Central Christian College of Kansas||4-year, private not-for-profit||Free Methodist||McPherson, KS||$17,240|
|San Diego Christian College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Undenominational||Santee, CA||$30,438|
|Liberty University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Evangelical Christian||Lynchburg, VA||$21,310|
|Andrews University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Seventh Day Adventist||Berrien Springs, MI||$28,436|
|LeTourneau University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Longview, TX||$29,320|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of Christian Colleges with Aviation Programs
Aviation degree programs are most commonly available at the undergraduate level and provide an ample amount of hands-on learning experiences. Find out more about some of the programs offered at Christian colleges and explore distinguishing characteristics about the schools.
Central Christian College of Kansas
Central Christian College of Kansas is an undergraduate institution that had a little over 1,010 students in 2016, per the NCES. The college offers a basic flight training program that partners with Hesston College and the McPherson Airport. In addition to flight training, students learn about ground maintenance, airport operations and flight logistics. The school encourages spiritual growth through chapel services, small groups and vespers. It also offers online chapel podcasts. Students must attend these activities each semester to earn the required 27 Spiritual Formation Touch Points.
San Diego Christian College
San Diego Christian College offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Aviation program and was recently chosen as a pilot production school for Boeing, according to the school's website. The program also has an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that allows graduates of the program to earn their Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (ATP-R) certificate with only 1,000 flight hours, instead of the usual 1,500 hours. In 2016, the NCES reported that the California college had 695 undergraduate students. The school offers weekly chapel services, spiritual counseling, local and global mission trips, service learning opportunities and worship arts ministry teams for students to participate in and grow spiritually.
Liberty University's Office of Spiritual Development oversees the school's main worship services (Convocation, Campus Community and Liberty Worship Collective) as well as local and global service opportunities, pastoral care and peer mentoring aimed at further developing students' faith. Located in Virginia, the university had 47,050 undergraduate students in 2016 (per the NCES), including their many online students. The school has a unique, online BS in Aviation program available to licensed pilots or those earning their license concurrently through a Flight Training Affiliate. The school also offers an online BS in Aviation Maintenance Management, and since fall 2018, the university utilizes free, electronic textbooks for undergraduates.
Andrews University in Michigan had a little more than 1,670 undergraduates in 2016, according to the NCES. The school's Department of Aviation offers a Bachelor of Technology program with concentrations in aviation flight and aviation maintenance. Students in the flight training program can earn their Private Pilot license and pursue optional training in mission aviation. The aircraft maintenance technician program culminates in an Aircraft Maintenance Technician License with Airframe and Powerplant ratings. Students can grow in their faith through participation in Bible studies, chapel services, prayer ministries, vespers and service opportunities.
LeTourneau University in Texas offers a unique BS in Mission Aviation program with an available concentration in Professional Flight as well as a BS in Professional Flight and a BS in Aviation Maintenance Science. The mission aviation program connects students with mission aviation organizations, such as New Tribes Mission and Aim Air, and offers participation in LUMA, LeTourneau University's Mission Aviation club. Students at the university can take advantage of Life Groups, church fairs, mission trips, floor devotionals, student ministries, praise services and class prayer to help them deepen their faith. The NCES reported that the school had about 2,250 undergraduates in 2016.