If you’re looking to build a career in the aviation or airline industries, a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from Southern New Hampshire University can put you on the track to success. This program will provide you with the skills and specialized knowledge that you need to get ahead in the field of aviation.
Your courses in the Aviation Management program will emphasize the importance of general education, and a healthy dose of business courses will help you grapple with the business side of the industry. These will be complemented with classwork and experiential learning opportunities in the aviation field that will help you acclimate to your future career after graduation.
Students enrolled in the Aviation Management program will be challenged in a variety of ways to ensure that they are well prepared to enter the aviation industry. SNHU is dedicated to providing you with the support to not only master the skills needed for entry into the aviation field, but to help you find the right opportunities to gain real, practical experience.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in aviation management at SNHU include:
Students who complete the Aviation Management program at SNHU will find themselves in high demand. Although graduates will typically begin in entry-level operations positions, the educational qualifications and high level of hands-on experience gained through this program puts SNHU students in the driver’s seat for supervisory and staff positions.
You will gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental aeronautical skills necessary to function in a managerial role in the aviation industry and be able to apply them in practical situations. You will also gain the business perspective to understand the challenges within the industry, and learn the tools and skills required to face them. You will also learn to understand and solve aviation safety issues in many different forms.
Upon completion of the Aviation Management degree program at Southern New Hampshire University, graduates should:
Free elective Credits: 21
This course provides a practical introduction to aircraft operational characteristics of importance to aviation managers, support personnel, and air traffic controllers. Topics include: principles of flight; fundamentals of aircraft flight behavior; specific items of aircraft performance such as takeoff/landing performance, climb/descent performance, cruise performance, and turning performance; aircraft operating limitations; aircraft navigation methods and systems and their application. Students will become familiar with the operating characteristics of a representative sample of air carrier, military and general aviation aircraft.
The student will explore human physiological processes as affected by flight including high altitude flight, and human cognitive and judgment processes typically required of the human "half" of complex human/machine systems found on flight decks, in air traffic control suites, and in other flight operations contexts, to gain understanding of our unique capabilities and limitations, both as physiological organisms and thinking beings. The student will learn to apply these insights to assessing and improving the performance of flight crews, air traffic controllers, and other operations personnel, and to identify and respond to critical physiological and cognitive factors such as hypoxia, disorientation, and the effects of stress, fatigue, anxiety, and alcohol and other drugs. The student will gain an understanding of medical standards and certification of pilots and other flight personnel, and of available resources for responding to medical deficiencies and/or certification difficulties.
This course covers the analysis of aircraft operating capabilities, the capital value of aircraft, and the cost of aircraft operation. An emphasis will be placed on identifying the interrelationship between these three factors. Aircraft from the basic general aviation trainers to large commercial transports will be included. Computer applications programs will be used in the analysis and presentation of information.
This course provides an introduction to airport operating practices. Topics will include the history of airport development, landside and airside operations, airport layout, airport equipment, applicable regulations, and the impact of technological advances in air transportation. The course will also introduce students to airport planning, airport finances, managing growth, airport management, and community relations. The course will cover general aviation, regional, and major airports. Field trips may be required.
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Select one of the following:
This capstone seminar integrates the professional and technical knowledge and methods gained in the flight operations, air traffic control, or aviation management sequences and applies these understandings to the prime objective of achieving aviation system safety. Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to evaluate and respond to representative case studies drawn from National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident investigations, reports and findings, aviation industry analyses and reports, and analysis and policy statements by government and trade organizations. In addition, students will complete self-assessments of their professional preparation, status of their professional certification, short and mid-term career planning, and long-term career objectives. Prerequisite or may be taken concurrently: For ATC Students: AT-410; For AM Students: AM-320 or AM-330 or AM-360
This is an honors seminar focusing on contemporary issues, problems, and trends in airline, corporate, and general aviation.
Aviation policies are primarily established in Washington, D.C. through the enactment of legislation and the DOT/FAA's rulemaking authority. This course analyzes the process by which that policy is established and how various organizations and individuals can affect the final legislation or rule. The first part of the course involves classroom and research activity on a selected aviation policy issue. The second portion of the course is a seminar, held the first week in January in Washington, D.C. during which the students interact with the policy makers to gain a greater understanding of the policy making process. There are travel, hotel, and meal expenses associated with participation in the seminar.
The internship program offers students the opportunity to apply the concepts and principles of aviation management developed in prerequisite courses. It allows the student to link academic principles to practical applications and to develop responsibility, interpersonal and communication skills in a professional, work environment. The course involves extensive participation in an internship at a participating host organization. Department approval of internship description required. =
NOTE: Students in the Airline Operations Specialization must choose between AE 498, AM 410, and AM 480.
Complete 1 of the following
General & Corporate Aviation Management
Complete 1 of the following
General & Corporate Aviation Management
This course provides an in-depth study of the general aviation field, including finances, management, operations and regulations. Major concentration will be placed on the management and administration of a fixed-base operation; the duties and responsibilities of the airport manager; and the managerial considerations in the application of the small airplane in business aviation, aerial photography, agricultural spraying, aircraft sales, financing, and insurance. Guest lecturers are often scheduled.
This course provides an analysis of the operation of corporate/business flight operations, including administration and operations. Topics include how aviation relates to business and industry; the administrative and fiscal concerns of a flight department; maintenance operations and departmental organization; and aircraft and equipment evaluation.
This course focuses on the topics of corporate finance with the intent to extend and further develop the long-term investment and financing topics introduced in either the Principles or Foundations of Finance. The course addresses issues that face modern corporate managers when making capital budgeting and capital structure decisions, and focuses on applied managerial decision-making. Corporate Finance is designed for students seeking a more thorough understanding of the economic analysis of strategic and tactical investments, the effect financial leverage has on firm value, and the integration of investment and financial corporate strategies. Topics addressed include advanced techniques in capital budgeting, firm valuation, capital structure, firm/division cost of capital, and quantitative risk assessment. Writing intensive course.
This course focuses on the factors that contribute to the personal success of entrepreneurs and affect successful entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is also studied. Case studies, contemporary readings and simulations are used. International considerations are included.
This course covers analysis of the economic and administrative factors involved in airline operations. An emphasis is placed on demand analysis, pricing, route structure, fleet planning and financing. A simulation of airline operations will be used to provide practical insights into the problems faced in managing an airline.
This is a research course designed to promote a greater awareness of international aerospace issues and the role of aerospace industries in promoting dialogue between nations. International aerospace law, worldwide air transportation growth and the economic factors which compel multi-national risk-sharing ventures in aerospace industries will be among the topics explored.
This course examines employee-management relationships in both the union and non-union environments with an emphasis on best practices. Junior standing or permission of instructor.
This course provides an analysis of the key elements of airport and airspace capacity. Current techniques for measuring airport and airspace capacity will be examined, including the relationship between delay and capacity, as well as aircraft operating characteristics and airline scheduling practices. The impact of airport development on airspace capacity, including projects such as locating new airports and building new runways at existing airports, will also be explored. The role of federal, state, and local agencies and the private sector will be analyzed in terms of airport/airspace capacity. Computer simulation modeling, such as the FAA's SIMMOD, will be used in analyzing case studies in airspace and airport capacity and delay.Airport and Airspace Capacity Management
This course provides an analysis of the key elements of airport and airspace capacity. Current techniques for measuring airport and airspace capacity will be examined, including the relationship between delay and capacity, as well as aircraft operating characteristics and airline scheduling practices. The impact of airport development on airspace capacity, including projects such as locating new airports and building new runways at existing airports, will also be explored. The role of federal, state, and local agencies and the private sector will be analyzed in terms of airport/airspace capacity. Computer simulation modeling, such as the FAA's SIMMOD, will be used in analyzing case studies in airspace and airport capacity and delay.
This is an advanced course in the planning, management, and operation of airports, Students will learn to apply fundamental management theory to airports; determine an airport's capacity and assess the potential for delays; evaluate the environmental impact of an airport; identify the basic components of the National Airspace System and its relationship to airports; apply basic financial management and accounting techniques to airport finances; set airport fees, rates, and charges; understand the process required to obtain capital funding for airport improvements; evaluate and use airport master plans, state airport system plans, and airport layout plans; apply basic principles of terminal design and operations; have a working knowledge of Part 139 of the Federal Aviation Regulations; evaluate the security of an airport; and prepare basic airport emergency response procedures.
NOTE: Students in the Airport Management track will complete a total of 121 credits for their program.
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