Aviation Science: Professional Pilot

Bachelor of Science

Availability: Online | Program Length: 120 Hours

 Texas A&M University-Central Texas offers the only state-supported four-year professional pilot program in Texas.

Program Overview

The Aviation Science-Professional Pilot Bachelor of Science at Texas A&M University-Central Texas provides students with a well-rounded curriculum that encompasses conceptual foundations in aviation science and management. Texas A&M University-Central Texas offers the only state-supported four-year professional pilot program in Texas. The program is 100% online, so you can study to move forward in your career from home or anywhere with Internet access.

The Aviation Science-Professional Pilot program offers both junior- and senior-level coursework. All lower-level core aviation and flight courses are transferred into A&M - Central Texas, as we do not have a flight school. This includes the required FAA Instrument Rating and the FAA Commercial Flight Certificate.

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As a student in the Professional Pilot program, you will concentrate on aircraft flight operations and be further prepared though science/technology orientated coursework. This program focuses on advanced aeronautical ratings complemented by business administration, management, and communication skills for professional pilots in the civil and military aviation industries.

Transfer Pathways:

The direct & affordable path from your community college to a Bachelor's degree!

Whether you are attending an A&M-Central Texas partner college, have credits from another community college, or are attending a another four-year university, your A&M-Central Texas enrollment specialist can help you find the quickest and most affordable path to your bachelor degree.

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"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

Aggressive Airline Hiring Surge

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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.

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