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Aviation Administration

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a national leader in aviation education, offers a specialized graduate program in Aviation Administration through the Master of Public Administration Program.  This concentration specifically prepares students for careers in aviation administration.  It accommodates either 1) pre-service students with no professional experience but with an undergraduate major in the aviation field, or 2) in-service students with aviation administration experience whether or not their undergraduate major is in aviation.

Career goals for this concentration include airport management and planning, administration of aviation programs, government positions in aviation safety and regulation, interest in international aviation policies, and private sector aviation consulting firms.  Recent graduates have been employed by:

  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
  • Denver International Airport
  • The Federal Aviation Administration
  • Landrum and Brown Aviation Consultants
  • McDonnell Douglas
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • Ricondo and Associates
  • United Airlines

Aviation Administration Curriculum

The curriculum, a 40 hour program, is designed to give the student a firm foundation in the essentials of public administration and specialized training through advanced courses in aviation.

Like all MPA students, aviation administration students and all pre-service students complete a one-semester professional internship (3 hours).  Those with at least one year of aviation administration experience may be classified as in-service students, and thus receive a waiver of the internship.

Required Aviation Administration Courses include:

AVM/POLS 551– Aviation Policy, Law and Regulation
AVM/POLS 552– Advanced Airport Administration
AVM/POLS 553– Advanced Aviation Safety Administration
AVM/POLS 554– Aviation Planning
AVM/POLS 555– International Aviation