Have you always dreamed of flying? At Southern New Hampshire University, the sky's the limit.
SNHU is dedicated to creating new and innovative pathways for students to achieve even their loftiest goals. The Bachelor of Science in Aviation and Operations Management (AOM) degree program is designed train new pilots and prepare them to enter the commercial airline industry.
In partnership with Air Direct Airways (ADA), Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Operations and Management (AOM) is designed to leverage both the aeronautical engineering and aviation management expertise within SNHU's College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics (CETA), and ADA's FAA certified Part 141 flying academy.
AOM at Southern New Hampshire University is a 4-year program, designed to provide an immersive experience in both flight and academics. The first two years of the program focus heavily on flight instruction and training, and are primarily delivered on-site at SNHU’s Aviation Center at the Nashua Airport in Nashua, NH. By the end of these two years, students should earn their Commercial Multi-Engine rating, as well as their certification as a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). Over the next two years of the program, students will have the opportunity to build flying hours as a CFI while completing the remainder of their academic studies - either at SNHU’s Manchester, NH campus or online. This presents a unique opportunity to build over 600 flight hours toward the Airline Transport Pilot certificate (ATP).
All first-year students, regardless of prior flight experience, are required to begin the AOM program with an eight-week summer term that officially begins every year in July. For transfer students and those with prior flight experience, the program start can be flexible and SNHU will work with you to help determine the most appropriate start date.
The SNHU Aviation Operations & Management program is in the process of securing a Letter of Approval (LOA) with the Federal Aviation Administration that would provide the authority for SNHU to certify graduates of the program for an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate.
We believe that education should be flexible, affordable and achievable. That’s why the AOM program features a variable tuition model, and allows students the flexibility to leverage SNHU’s online course offerings to reduce their overall program cost.
Students with no prior flight experience can expect to enroll in four terms of campus undergraduate study and flight training, and a summer term that normally encompasses 12 credits of study via internships, a practicum, and an academic course, all of which are delivered at the online undergraduate tuition rate. Following the completion of their fourth term, students have the option to complete their degree through an additional four terms of study on campus, or taking courses online, or via a combination of the two delivery models.
The difference in these costs can be estimated using the per term/per course breakdown below, which is specific to the Aviation Operations and Management program.
The AOM program carries a flat aviation fee of $60,000, which is assessed at a per semester cost of $15,000. This fee covers the flight costs associated with the air and ground instruction hours for students to earn a Private Pilot License, Instrument rating, Certified Flight Instructor rating, and Commercial Multi-Engine rating. The exact number of hours covered by the fee for each certificate and rating are detailed in the AOM program disclosure; students are financially responsible for any additional training required (ATRs) beyond the specified hours. If a student has already earned their PPL or any other rating, the related costs and fees can decrease accordingly.
The above data reflects 2018-19 costs for full-time undergraduate day students.
The AOM program at SNHU is designed to be available at a lower cost than other more traditional models. However, the cost of tuition will vary from student-to-student based upon prior flight experience, and upon the election to leverage SNHU’s online courses. For specific pricing information and additional admission-related questions, we encourage you to reach out to the Office of Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.645.9611.
As students accumulate flying hours during the final two years of the program, the expectation is that they will be working in paid positions within the aviation industry. SNHU is continuing to build relationships within the industry and will assist students in securing these paid positions.
Students in the AOM program have the option to live on campus in Manchester, NH. Those students who require housing can expect to pay the standard campus housing rate. Because the first four semesters take place on-site in Nashua, SNHU will provide shuttle transportation between campus and Nashua during the morning and afternoon.
Although the final four semesters can be completed via online courses, students who wish to continue living on campus during that time have the option to do so.
The AOM curriculum is taught by industry experts with real-world experience. Throughout your coursework and flight instruction, you’ll gain valuable knowledge that will help you understand the mechanics of flight and how to be successful in an industry that continues to take off.
SNHU's bachelor's in aviation operations and management program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
Prospective students interested in the Aviation Operations and Management (AOM) program at Southern New Hampshire University are encouraged to review the Technical Standards for Admission and Retention.
Total Credits: 121
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