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Aviation Operations and Services


Aviation operations and services programs prepare people to manage flight operations. These programs are sometimes called aviation administration or aviation services.

Programs in aviation operations and services prepare people to manage airports and ground traffic. Students learn flight safety and security. They also study air traffic regulations and business practices.

Aviation operations and services programs include topics such as:


In aviation operations and services programs students may be able to specialize in:


Several community colleges offer associate degree programs in aviation operations and services. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

Several colleges and universities offer a bachelor's degree in aviation operations and services. A bachelor’s degree usually takes four years of full-time study to complete.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in aviation operations and services. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

For this program schools recommend that you know how to use a computer and the Internet.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree in aviation (or a significant amount of course work in aviation or a similar field), good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate study in aviation operations and services typically includes:

Things to Know

Although not required, many programs encourage you to get your pilot's license.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Walla Walla University

King-Snohomish Area

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Everett

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Renton

Green River College

Kitsap Area

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Whidbey Island

Spokane Area

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Fairchild AFB

Tacoma Area

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Joint Base Lewis-McChord