Aviation Science

Move your career in aviation forward with a 100% online degree: BS Aviation Management or BS Professional Pilot.

Make A&M-Central Texas Your Next Destination

Aviation Science at Texas A&M University-Central Texas offers two fully online bachelor's of science degree programs that provide a comprehensive education in aviation studies, management, and leadership skills. Students are prepared for the demands of commercial aviation and airport management, and are equipped with skills for careers as a professional pilot or in aviation management.

The B.S. in Aviation Science: Aviation Management may also be completed with a concentration in Aviation Maintenance. The Aviation Maintenance concentration is designed for aircraft maintainers and builds leadership and maintenance management skills to expand opportunities for career progression.

Aggressive Airline Hiring Surge

Commercial airliner

The pilot shortage for the airlines is critical. As shown on a nearly daily in the news, airlines are laying off aircraft and canceling thousands of flights each week due to this shortage. Industry forecasters indicate this will be the case for several more years. This shortage has necessitated substantial pay increases to retain aviator talent in regional and major airlines. The wages paid today are the highest in the history of commercial aviation. For example, a typical first officer starts at $94 per hour, with a cash signing bonus of up to $25,000. Follow-on contracts typically have up to $30,000 signing bonuses. Regional airline captains start at 154 dollars per hour, and major air carriers pay an average of $360,000 annually or more. For example, Delta Airlines recently upped their top-tier captains to $590,000 annually.

An aviator must ask themselves, why wait? Our unique degree plan gives you the affordability and flexibility to progress through your aviation degree plan quickly. We allow you to be the master of your flight training, and our degree plan can get you through the full upper-level Bachelor of Science degree, with a full load, 100% online, in as little as one year if you take a summer semester with a full load.

The airlines also need more management and aviation maintenance management leadership. Our Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management degree prepares you to lead, manage and inspire the aviation team you work for. This degree is also suitable for those who wish to diversify their talents into leadership roles in aviation.

Contact us and ask us how we can move you forward toward getting into the industry with an industry-respected and recognized aviation degree from Texas A&M University-Central Texas.

A Booming Industry with a High Demand for Leaders

By 2038, more than 300,000 aviation-related positions will need to be filled in North America.


  • Train you in your desired discipline and provide a curriculum emphasizing leadership and management skills
  • Prepare you to meet critical transportation infrastructure needs
  • Put you in position to land a high-paying, rewarding career in the aviation industry

A First-Class Education at an Economy Price

A&M–Central Texas is not only one of the most affordable universities in the State of Texas, but we offer affordable non-resident tuition rates as well. Our pathway to a four-year aviation science degree is significantly more affordable than other nationally known providers. Contact us for more details on cost.

Complete your degree anytime, anywhere! Our 100% online program is made to fit your busy lifestyle. Want to graduate as soon as possible? You can take up to three semesters a year.

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  • Pay non-refundable application fee
  • Submit official transcripts from all previously attended college-level institutions

Undergraduate Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum 30 academic, college-level transferable semester hours*
  • Must be eligible to return to all previously attended institutions
*Applicants pursuing an Applied Science or Aviation Science degree may meet this requirement utilizing select workforce education credit from an approved Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree upon completion of 45 hours, to include all general education courses within the AAS

Aviation Science at Texas A&M-Central Texas

Experience in the field = Hours in the classroom.
Our experiential transfer credit policy allows for various individuals with FAA licensures to receive up to 42 lower-level evaluated credits toward degree requirements. Contact us to find out how! Give us a call: 254-501-5958.

"As a commercial pilot now with 15+ years of experience with both regional and national carriers, as well as continued involvement in general aviation, I couldn't recommend a better program than Texas A&M University-Central Texas to have launched my career into the aviation industry. Though it may be known only as a chapter in my life called "college", it much more resembles that of a close family. My professor was a top-notch instructor and mentor who always had an open door policy for all of his students and who has become a lifelong friend. As a result of my time at A&M-Central Texas, I was provided with a rock-solid foundation of both knowledge and experience which helped me earn a job at a reputable regional carrier a few months before I graduated. If you are looking for an excellent education with ample opportunities and experiences that will propel you into a career in aviation without accruing crushing debt costs, I recommend considering Texas A&M University-Central Texas."
First Officer Ryan Glanzer

About Aviation Science at A&M-Central Texas:

Texas A&M University-Central Texas offers one of the few publicly assisted four-year aviation programs in Texas. Centrally located in Killeen, A&M-Central Texas' Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science degree provides students a well-rounded curriculum with strong conceptual foundations in aviation science and management.

A&M-Central Texas offers junior- and senior-level courses and does not have a flight school. All lower-level core and aviation courses are transferred into A&M-Central Texas.

Transfer Credit and Articulation Agreement Information

Texas A&M University-Central Texas accepts transfer credit from accredited colleges and universities. This includes academic credits and course-specific credits, such as flight training, aviation courses, aircraft maintenance and management course work. We also accept for experiential credits FAA licensure. This includes aircraft pilot ratings and Airframe and Powerplant ratings. Some military courses are also accepted for transfer as well. Please contact the Aviation Department to discuss your credit transfer opportunities.

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