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Aviation Management

Degree: BS

Campus: Columbus

College: Business

Ohio State students have several options for studying aviation. Students can choose among three majors offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Fisher College of Business.

The aviation management major in the Fisher College of Business awards a BS in business administration and is designed to prepare students for professional positions in the aviation industries.

Students pursuing aviation management through the College of Business are NOT able to enroll into the Professional Pilot Certification. For additional details, please visit

Students admitted to the Columbus campus are also admitted directly to the Fisher major program and the aviation management specialization.

In addition to general education curriculum, business foundation and business core courses, aviation management students will complete core aviation courses. This aviation core includes course pertaining to the aviation industry, aviation regulations, private pilot fundamentals, aviation management and marketing, transportation analysis and an aviation capstone course.

Principles courses:

  • Accounting principles
  • Economics principles
  • Statistics

Core courses:

  • Business Law
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Logistics
  • Management Sciences
  • Management and Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Management

Required Major Courses:

  • Introduction to the Aviation Industry
  • Private Pilots Fundamentals
  • Aviation Communications
  • Aviation Management & Marketing
  • Aviation Regulations
  • Air Transportation Analysis
  • Aviation Capstone Course

Fisher’s Office of Global Business provides students with a variety of options for putting theories into action in a compelling and relevant international location.

Though internships are not required for business students, 95% of students registered with the Office of Career Management have some kind of internship experience before they graduate. Many students receive an offer of full-time employment from their internship employer.

The Fisher Honors Program opportunities include the Accounting Honors Program, Business Honors Cohort Program, Honors Contract Program and the Finance Honors Program.  In addition, first year freshmen admitted to University Honors will have the opportunity to apply to the Integrated Business Engineering program and the Business Honors Learning Community.

The Business Scholars Program is a community of talented students that participate in programs and activities designed to offer insight into business practice and environment.  Business Scholars learn to understand the vital role of collaboration through team building, leadership training and workshops.  Business Scholars students will work with a dedicated academic advisor and program coordinator.

Students interested in aviation management should consider membership in the The Ohio State University Flight Team or Ohio State's chapter of the Alpha Eta Rho aviation fraternity.

The Undergraduate Leadership & Engagement Office connects Fisher students with opportunities to enhance leadership competencies, develop professional preparedness, and connect with their chosen industry and the Fisher community. Additionally, Fisher is home to more than 35 student organizations that focus on academics, diversity, common business topics and more.

The Center for Aviation Studies partners with the industry’s most influential companies, allowing students to gain valuable professional experience with an industry leader in the aviation field. Some partners include: 

  • L-Brands
  • Nationwide Flight Department
  • Net Jets
  • UPS
  • FedEx
  • Republic Airline
  • Delta Air Lines
  • American Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines

Beginning salaries for Fisher graduates in 2019-20 averaged $58,334 depending on the candidate's skills, experience, type and location of employment.

On graduating, Fisher College of Business graduates:

  • will possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills to identify and critically assess problems facing contemporary businesses;
  • will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of human resources;
  • will possess a global perspective and can critically evaluate the international context a contemporary business operates in;
  • can identify and assess ethical issues surrounding business decisions
  • are able to work effectively in a team-based environment;
  • can demonstrate professional deportment and effective oral and written communication skills.

Undergraduate Programs Office
Max M. Fisher College of Business
120 Schoenbaum Hall
210 West Woodruff Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

The Center for Aviation Studies at Ohio State connects students with aviation companies and professionals for networking and internship opportunities and offers a variety of aviation research opportunities.