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In the Flight Operations degree track, you can expect to earn pilot certifications up to and including:

In the Aviation Administration degree track, you will learn and develop:

Program Details

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What Can You Do With a Commercial Aviation Degree?

Begin working in the aviation industry as soon as you graduate. Federal studies project a need for nearly 800,000 new pilots over the next 20 years.

There will also be a high demand for airport, logistics and aviation managers, as well as in aviation operations and other administrative areas throughout the commercial aviation industry.

  • <blockquote class="quote-block--simple"> <p> “Now that ASU is on the map in the aviation community, it’s really cool and it makes me very proud to have been a part of that and to get to bring the Southwest Airlines culture and this career opportunity to ASU students.”</p> <p class="blockquote-author"><strong><a href="/live/news/18982-asu-trailblazer-cory-pettit">Cory Pettit</a></strong>, Captain, Southwest Airlines, Class of 1998</p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote class="quote-block--simple"> <p> “What ASU commercial aviation students have to do is to keep their nose clean, study and work hard, and become the most proficient pilot they can be. We’re going to put the opportunities in front of them – they won’t have to go look for them.”</p> <p class="blockquote-author"><strong><a href="/live/news/18982-asu-trailblazer-cory-pettit">Cory Pettit</a></strong>, Captain, Southwest Airlines, Class of 1998</p> </blockquote>
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Why Earn My Commercial Aviation Degree at Angelo State?

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Destination 225˚ Program

ASU is one of the select few partners in the Southwest Airlines Destination 225˚ pilot recruitment program. If you are accepted into the program and fulfill the requirements, upon earning your B.C.A. degree at ASU, you will enter a defined pathway toward a career with Southwest Airlines. You can apply for the program as early as your sophomore year. It’s one more aspect that makes us a premier commercial pilot school.

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Superior Standards

Our flight operations students learn flying skills at Skyline Aviation, a Part 141 Flight School with professional instructors and advanced, cutting-edge simulators and instructional equipment. The ASU fleet is one of the newest in the country, made up of Diamond aircraft, considered the safest training planes in the industry. For our aviation administration students, we have established partnerships with the San Angelo Airport, U.S. Customs and other key agencies, where you will gain practical skills and experience.

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ASU Commercial Aviation students inspecting their aircraft.

Campus Connections

You can join our active Ram Air student organization for additional networking and professional development activities, as well as fun social events. Plus, in an industry that is white-male dominated, about a third of our students are female or minority. Joining Ram Air will help you form stronger bonds with your fellow students and professors, and give you a more global perspective.

Still have questions?

Attend one of our Commercial Aviation Information Sessions to learn the basics of the program and get your questions answered.

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    Challenge Yourself

    Take your education to the next level in the ASU Honors Program. Through special courses, cultural events, research and community engagement, we’ll help you transform your intellectual and personal talents into marketable skills for your future. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in prestigious internships, fellowships and other programs to reach your full potential.

  • Committed to Your Success

    Our Freshman College is a one-stop resource for programs and services that help you transition into college life, improve your communication skills, and engage in active learning. You can also get academic help in the Math Lab and Writing Center, receive peer mentoring and tutoring through Supplemental Instruction, or set up online tutoring sessions.