Aviation Institute

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.

    Accreditation information

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


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General Information

    Overview of degree programs         

Air Transport Administration Concentration

The Air Transport Administration area of concentration is conferred under the Bachelor of Science in Aviation degree program. This option is oriented toward the public/private sector interface of individuals looking for administration careers. Potential career opportunities exist within the Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, state aviation organizations, local and regional aviation organizations, airport administration, fixed-based operators, aviation consulting firms, airline operations, flight department operations, aircraft manufacturing companies, aviation marketing firms, and non-profit organizations such as Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association, National Business Aviation Association, and the Experimental Aircraft Association. The Air Transport Administration specialization gives the student the opportunity to gain knowledge in several aspects of the aviation and aerospace industry. Students will take specific classes in areas of general aviation, airport planning, statistical analysis, security, and airline operations. Students will also have the opportunity to become involved in an internship or cooperative education experience. This experience will expose students to working in an area that relates to their potential career path; both local and national programs are available. Students who are looking to work in these highly competitive and regulated areas should choose the Air Transport Administration specialization program for their course of study.

Professional Flight Concentration

The Aviation Institute offers flight training from private pilot to certified flight instructor. Flight training is closely coordinated through local flight schools. Students who successfully complete any of the training under UNO requirements courses will receive appropriate academic credit. Students who plan on enrollment in a flight training course should be able to successfully complete a second class aviation medical examination conducted by an FAA designated Aviation Medical Examiner accordance with Federal Aviation Regulation Part 67, Medical Standards and Certification. Flight costs are paid directly to the flight provider where you conduct your training and are in addition to regular University tuition and fees.  Approximate costs for flight training are available in the Aviation Student Handbook. Costs for each training phase are based on the average number of hours required by the FAA for that particular phase. If a student requires additional flying or ground training to complete a particular training phase course, the student will be obligated to pay for the extra training. Additional financial aid is available for flight training, but does not cover 100% of flight training costs.

Flight training schedules are arranged by the student and flight instructor at each flight center. Students are responsible for contacting the flight training provider and establishing a schedule that will allow for completion of course requirements within the time allowed. It is suggested that students plan to fly three times a week. Instructors are available day, night, and weekends. For a current list of flight providers, see the Aviation Institute Web site at ai.unomaha.edu. Consult with an aviation academic adviser for additional information.

Minor in Aviation

An aviation minor is available to students who are interested in achieving an associated aviation background to supplement their major area of study. The aviation minor has been developed as an interdisciplinary program to broaden the educational opportunities for UNO students. Consistent with the current and future demands of the aviation industry is the need for quality educated and trained professionals from a variety of disciplines. This program will provide the aviation foundation to prepare a student from any major to meet those needs as a professional in an aviation-related field.

A minor in aviation requires a minimum of 18 credit hours, including at least nine hours of upper-level aviation courses. A minimum grade of “C-” is required in each course. The minor can complement any major at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has been a popular choice among students in criminology and criminal justice, computer science, international studies, geography, public administration, management and marketing.

For the minor to appear on the student’s transcript, it must be declared by completing the minor application at the Aviation Institute. To obtain additional information about the minor options and to develop a plan of study, students should contact an academic adviser from the Aviation Institute, Room 120, CPACS Building, 402-554-3424.


    Admission Requirements

Incoming students who are not considered transfer students are guaranteed admission to the Bachelor of Science in Aviation program upon admission to the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Transfer students who want to complete the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Program must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be accepted into the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. Current UNO students accepted for admission to any of the University’s colleges may enroll in the Institute’s aviation courses for elective credit.


    Maximum/Minimum Credits

Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete a Bachelor of Science in Aviation.

    Transfer Credit Policy

See the Academic Advisor

    Unacceptable Credits

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    Quality of Work

Students must complete all department requirements, major courses and concentration courses with a "C-" or better.

    Completion of Incomplete Grade

Students who receive instructor permission to take an incomplete must have the incomplete resolved the following semester or the incomplete changes to withdraw. If a student has a question in regard to this policy, they should see their academic adviser for clarification.


    Senior Check

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    Application for Degree

Students apply for graduation through Mavlink.