Have you always dreamed of flying? At Southern New Hampshire University, the sky's the limit.
SNHU is now offering an aviation program designed to train new pilots and prepare them to enter the airline industry-an exciting new opportunity for students searching for the right aviation school.
SNHU is dedicated to creating new and innovative pathways for students to achieve even their loftiest goals. The Aviation and Operations Management (AOM) degree program is designed to help aspiring aviators finally reach the sky.
In partnership with the Air Direct Airways (ADA), an FAA-approved program, 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 the ADA's highly professional FAA Part 141 flying academy.
The goal of the AOM program is to provide an immersive experience in both flying and academics. The front end of the program focuses on aviation, with the goal of each student achieving a rating as a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) at the end of the first year. Students will then build their flying hours as a CFI while completing the remainder of their academic studies. Please note that although there are some similarities in the requirements, this program is not specifically designed to prepare students to join the Air Force or any other branch of the military.
The demand for qualified pilots is growing. According to a study published by air manufacturing giant Boeing, over 117,000 new commercial airline pilots will be needed in North America between now and 2036. The retirement rate for current pilots is expected to rise dramatically in the near future, with nearly 42% of active U.S. airline pilots employed by major airlines hitting the mandatory retirement age of 65 by 2027.
Boeing notes that educational outreach and career pipeline programs will be essential to help meet the demand for pilots in the future. By partnering with the ADA, SNHU has positioned itself to provide students inspired to become pilots with a clear pathway to commercial aviation success.
The AOM program has a flexible start date depending on the amount of experience with which students enter the program. The program begins with a summer term starting in May and some students may even be able to begin their coursework prior to graduating from high school if their high school will allow them to enroll early. SNHU will work with both the student and their high school to help determine the most appropriate start date for them.
The program is open to both students who currently have a Private Pilot License (PPL) and those who do not. Students without a license will work toward earning private licensure within the first 10 weeks of the program. Regardless of the term start, the dynamic nature of the courses within this program is meant to allow each student to make progress toward their next licensure.
The bulk of the AOM program involves four (4) semesters of flight followed by four (4) semesters of online courses. The first four semesters will take place on-site in Nashua, where students will receive 210 hours of flight instruction from SNHU faculty. This exceeds the FAA requirement of 190 hours of actual flight time.
During the final four semesters, students are expected to earn significant flight hours while taking advantage of SNHU's more flexible online course offerings.
By the end of the program, students are expected/estimated to have logged approximately 1,200 paid flight hours applicable toward an eventual Air Transport Pilot (ATP) license, which is ultimately required to be hired by a major airline.
We believe that college should change your life, not break the bank. The AOM program features a variable tuition model, depending on the level of experience and rate of progression through the program. Because AOM is a hybrid program, students have added flexibility; most students will pay Campus rates for the first two years of the program, and Online rates for the second two years. A $35,000 Flight Fee is also assessed, and will be distributed across the four years of the program.
The cost breakdown below is specific to the Aviation Operations and Management program.
Students with no prior flight experience can expect to enroll in four terms of campus undergraduate study and nine courses of online study, followed by the option of either an additional two terms of campus study or ten courses of online study (or a combination of the two). The difference in cost can be estimated using the per term/per course breakdown below.
The program also carries a $35,000 Flight Fee, distributed across the first five terms of the program. This fee covers the specific flight costs required for a student to earn a Private Pilot License, Instrument rating, Certified Flight Instructor rating, and Commercial Multi-Engine rating. If a student has already earned their PPL or any rating, the related costs and fees will decrease accordingly.
*This data reflects 2017-18 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, and students in search of an aviation or flight school may find SNHU's flight program more affordable. The cost of tuition will vary student-to-student. For specific pricing information and additional admission-related questions, we encourage you to reach out to SNHU's Director of Freshman Admission at email@example.com or 603-645-9709.
As students accumulate flying hours during the final two years of the program, they will be working in paid positions within the aviation industry, giving them the option to put their earnings toward the cost of the program. 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.
Are you ready to take flight? Begin your application to the Aviation Operations and Management program at SNHU. If you have further questions about the program, you can contact the Office of Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-645-9709.