Aviation Management Minor

By completing an aviation management minor, students can gain valuable insights into the unique challenges and opportunities within the aviation industry. This minor can complement majors in non-aviation fields such as finance, economics, engineering, or other unrelated disciplines, while also preparing students for careers in their primary field of study within the aviation industry. 

The aviation minor is available to all undergraduate students enrolled at Ohio University's main campus. Classes for this minor are held in person on the Athens campus.

Admissions & Course Information

The business minor is earned after completing 15 hours of course work. Complete course information and admissions requirements are available in the Undergraduate Catalog. Review the catalog and talk with your academic advisor as you consider this minor.

Official Academic Catalog Information

Hands-On Immersive Experiences

In the aviation management minor program, students can benefit from various hands-on and immersive experiences that provide practical insights into the aviation industry. Here are some examples of hands-on and immersive experiences found in classes:

  • Simulated Airline Operations

    In AVN 3900, airline operations management, students role-play different positions within an airline and compete with other teams in an ever-changing realistic environment. This immersive experience helps students understand the complexities of managing airline operations and dealing with real-time challenges.

  • Airport and Industry Visits and Tours

    Organized visits to airports and differing industry facilities provides the students with firsthand exposure to airport operations, security procedures, ground handling processes, air traffic control facilities, and various management practices. These visits may include tours of terminals, hangars, control towers, maintenance facilities, operation bases, and other key airport facilities.

  • Case Studies and Industry Projects

    Integrating real-world case studies and industry projects into coursework enables students to apply theoretical concepts to practical aviation management scenarios. Collaborating with industry partners or conducting research on current aviation challenges can foster critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and industry-relevant insights.

  • Aviation Seminars and Guest Speakers

    The Department of Aviation invites industry experts, airline executives, aviation regulators, and aviation technology specialists to deliver guest lectures to expose students to diverse perspectives and current trends in the aviation industry. Interactive Q&A sessions and networking opportunities enhance learning beyond the classroom.


Career Opportunities

Completing an aviation management minor can open up various career opportunities within the aviation industry. Specific career opportunities available to individuals with an aviation management minor may vary depending on their skills, interests, and additional qualifications such as certifications, internships, or relevant work experience. Networking within the aviation industry and staying updated on industry trends and developments can also enhance career prospects for individuals with an aviation management background.

Some potential career paths for individuals with an aviation management minor include:

  1. Airline Management: Working in roles such as operations manager, route planner, or scheduling coordinator for airlines, ensuring efficient and profitable airline operations.
  2. Aviation Consulting: Providing consulting services to airlines, airports, or aviation organizations in areas such as strategic planning and regulatory compliance.
  3. Aerospace Industry: Pursuing opportunities in aviation-related companies, such as aircraft manufacturers, maintenance and repair organizations (MROs), or aerospace technology firms in roles related to operations management, supply chain management, or project coordination.
  4. Government and Regulatory Agencies: Working with aviation regulatory bodies such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in roles related to policy analysis, compliance auditing, or air traffic management.
  5. Aviation Finance and Economics: Applying financial and economic principles to the aviation sector in roles such as financial analyst, airline revenue manager, or aviation economist.
  6. Airline Customer Service and Marketing: Working in customer service management, marketing, or sales roles within airlines or aviation service providers, focusing on improving customer experience and promoting services.
  7. Aviation Technology: Exploring opportunities in aviation technology companies or aviation departments of technology firms in roles related to aviation software development, data analytics, or systems integration.
  8. Entrepreneurship: Starting a business in aviation-related services such as aviation consulting or aviation tourism.