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Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation

Soar to New Heights: Pursue Bridgewater State University’s Bachelor of Science in Aviation Degrees and Minor

Gain the fundamental knowledge of aviation science and hands-on-the-throttle experience to help your career take flight. Bridgewater State University’s Department of Aviation Science offers a bachelor of science in aviation management or flight training, as well as an aviation science minor, to help you launch careers in aviation and other sectors.

BSU’s aviation management degree gives you broad exposure to the business and management side of aviation — preparing you for managerial and supervisory positions throughout the air transportation industry. Our bachelor’s in aviation flight training degree combines coursework with flight training to prepare you to become a certified flight instructor and work with airlines and corporate flight departments around the world.

No matter which of our bachelor’s degree in aviation programs you choose, you’ll have the tools and techniques to succeed in a growing profession.

Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Program Highlights

A recruitment presentation by Endeavor Airlines pilots, 1 male and 1 female

Gain guidance and mentorship through our aviation partners

BSU’s bachelor’s in aviation program provides new and unique opportunities for students to learn about professional aviation through our pilot program partnerships with JetBlue, Endeavor Airlines and Cape Air. You’ll gain industry insights and forge valuable connections that will help you beyond your bachelor’s degree in aviation.
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Hands-on experience to prepare you for success

While you’ll have ample opportunities to gain experience during flight training at our facility in New Bedford, we encourage all bachelor of science in aviation students to also pursue an internship. Our students have gained valuable work experience with Delta Airlines, Magellan Jets, Raytheon, the Mass Port Authority and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation.
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Faculty with professional aviation industry experience

Our bachelor’s in aviation faculty members have been leaders in the field as corporate pilots, flight instructors or on the ground. They’re committed to help you during your coursework, research and more as you pursue a flight training or aviation management degree.

Connect and network with peers outside the classroom

Whether it’s our Aviation Flight Team, an international aviation fraternity, a Women in Aviation chapter or BSU’s Civil Air Patrol Senior Squadron cadet program, all our bachelor of science in aviation management or flight training students can get involved outside the classroom. These are great opportunities to get to know your peers and put your learning into action.

Learn and thrive in small classes

Small classes are a hallmark of BSU’s bachelor of science in aviation management and flight training programs. In fact, you’ll rarely have classes with more than 20 students. Throughout your bachelor’s in aviation program, you’ll learn alongside faculty members who can help you navigate your academic and professional future.

A top-notch, accredited bachelor’s degree in aviation

BSU’s flight training and aviation management degrees are accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International and the Federal Aviation Administration. Nationally and internationally accredited and vetted for quality, BSU’s programs will equip you to use your BSU bachelor’s in aviation in building a dynamic aviation career.

Program of Study for Bachelor of Science in Aviation

No matter which bachelor’s degree in aviation or minor you choose, you can expect to take courses in:

  • Air Carrier Operations
  • Aviation Regulatory Process
  • Aviation Safety
  • Aviation Science
  • Elements of Calculus and Elements of Physics

You will also pursue studies specific to the flight training or aviation management degree concentrations or your minor in aviation science. Students in the flight training concentration begin flying immediately with the Summer Start program. First-year flight students are able to develop their skills before the fall semester even starts.

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Program details from 2022-2023 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Careers With a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Science

BSU students who pursue a bachelor’s in aviation go on to successful careers with companies than span the aviation field, including Cape Air, Endeavor Airlines, JetBlue, Mass Port Authority, Sentential Jets and Tradewind. Recent graduates from our bachelor of science in aviation management and flight training degrees are working as:

  • Air traffic controllers
  • Airport managers
  • Civilian or military pilots
  • Flight dispatchers
  • Flight instructors
  • Flight planners

Over the next decade, careers in aviation science are projected to grow


according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Continue your education beyond your bachelor’s degree in aviation

Bridgewater offers a wide variety of graduate programs.