Ever Dream You Could Fly? At Bridgewater State University … you will.
Bridgewater State University offers the only four-year degree program in aviation science in the Northeastern United States. Students earn a Bachelor's in Aviation Science with a concentration in Aviation Management. BSC Aviation is proud to be a part of the Veterans Affairs program to help military personnel pursue a career in aviation.
BSU Aviation alumni can be found in just about every aspect of the aviation industry - domestic and international. BSU Aviation's professional pilot graduates fly with every major airline, corporate/fractional flight departments and all branches of the armed services. Aviation management graduates are employed with the FAA, Massachusetts Port Authority, airline operations/management, corporate and business aviation, and more. The bottom line: if opportunities exist within the aviation industry, you can be sure that a BSU Aviation graduate is a qualified candidate.
A Brief History
Over the last 30 years, BSU Aviation has grown and matured. The aviation management curriculum has evolved with changes in security procedures and safety management as well as the legal and business aspects of the industry. FAA flight training standards are continually improved.
Over the past year, BSU Aviation successfully completed an application for candidate status with AABI (Aviation Accreditation Board International), the accrediting standard by which all top aviation programs in the U.S. are measured. Now, BSU Aviation begins the intensive self-study process to help identify any deficiencies and guide the program to continued success.
BSU Aviation Management Concentration, BS
The aviation management concentration is designed to prepare graduates for managerial and supervisory positions throughout the air transportation industry. Primary flight training is included, along with broad exposure to aviation specific business and management courses. This program of study is interdisciplinary in nature and prepares the aviation career‑oriented student for virtually any management career in aviation or aviation‑related industries. Some of these positions include airport manager, air carrier manager and general aviation operations manager.
Non-Credit Flight Training
Bridgewater State University has instituted a noncredit flight training program through its Office of Continuing and Distance Education. Now, anyone can come to BSU Aviation and receive the same professional flight training that is offered to full-time students. This opportunity enables candidates to focus solely on flight training whether for pleasure or to become a professional pilot.
An Eye toward the Future
BSU Aviation understands that training standards and pilot qualifications are in the spotlight and is closely monitoring changes in the field. The FAA is working with industry professionals to ensure best practices; decisions with respect to the changes necessary for airline pilot qualifications will be made within the next two years.
Another area of expansion for all students (flight and management) in BSU Aviation has been the increased emphasis on internships as an important way to build resumes and make valuable contacts. BSU Aviation has deployed students to work with the FAA, various airport managers in New England and Florida, major airlines and corporate flight departments.
BSU Aviation by the Numbers
30 - years BSU Aviation program has been active
6 - years of providing in-house flight training
10 - Certified Flight Instructors on staff
100 - years of combined faculty experience
10 - in-house aircraft
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