Aviation Institute - School of Public Administration

The demand for well trained people will increase as the aviation industry undergoes major expansion in the years ahead. The Aviation Institute is responding to these local, state, regional, national and international aviation needs by offering a comprehensive aviation education. The aviation curriculum consists of courses in airline operations, aviation meteorology, airport master planning, aviation safety, aviation administration, aviation law, aviation history, numerous flight courses and more. In addition, transfer programs exist with many local community colleges and include the opportunity for students with an associates degree in avionics, airframe, and powerplant certification to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

The Aviation Institute is a division of the School of Public Administration in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). Please refer to the CPACS general requirements. It is important for all students to review the “Core Curriculum of All Colleges” section in this catalog for the University’s general education requirements.


The mission of the Aviation Institute is to:

  • provide an environment where students are supported and challenged as they develop the skills, knowledge, and experiences that prepare them for personally and professionally rewarding careers in aviation and transportation;
  • conduct research that enhances the safety, security, efficiency, reliability, and sustainability of aviation and transportation services, and improves mobility and quality of life for the citizens of the State of Nebraska;
  • engage the community through partnerships and other collaborative initiatives that improve the lives of the citizens of the State of Nebraska and others through innovative education, training, research, and service projects; and
  • maintain the highest standards of integrity and transparency in the conduct of the Institute’s business and the management and stewardship of its resources.


The vision of the Aviation Institute is to lead collegiate aviation in ways that measurably enhance the lives our students and others through instruction, research, and service programs.


One of the concentrations in the Bachelor of Science in Aviation, the Air Transport Administration Specialization, is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board, International.