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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
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Whether it involves transporting passengers or cargo, aviation logistics – the ability to quickly and reliably move valuable resources great distances – improves the quality of people's lives worldwide. Prepare for an exciting career in this field from the first program in Texas to offer a four-year degree of this kind.

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Why Earn a Aviation Logistics Degree?

What is “Aviation Logistics?” It is increasing the value (or utility) of products or services with air transportation. Firms specializing in the movement of goods and people by air, and the large numbers of companies that support them, represent the area of aviation logistics.

If you like puzzles, Aviation Logistics is for you. It includes answers to the questions of how aviation interacts with other modes of transportation in servicing supply chains, domestically and internationally. What is the cost for each transportation mode? What is the delivery time? How does it satisfy the customer’s expectations? Career opportunities worldwide abound and our internship requirement provides potential employers “work ready” graduates.

The B.S. in Aviation Logistics creates opportunities for you to acquire the following knowledge and skills:

  • Basic understanding of the aviation industry, its regulations and capabilities
  • Maintenance operations
  • Safety management systems
  • Passenger and cargo operations
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Airport operations and management
Marketable Skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Systems view-oriented critical thinking
  • Knowledge of regulatory/legal requirements
  • Oral and written communication
  • Teamwork

Aviation Logistics Degree Highlights

We provide you with a variety of valuable leadership opportunities and hands-on experience through projects and a required internship.
Our faculty members bring years of industry experience to the classroom, making academically rigorous curriculum relevant with practical real- world aviation and aerospace industry applications.
Leadership opportunities are available through the student chapters of the American Association of Airport Executives, the Alpha Eta Rho international aviation fraternity and student-organized networking and faculty-managed professional development activities, including industry field trips, guest speakers and career fairs.
The G. Brint Ryan College of Business' Professional Leadership Program works with corporate partners in the region to give you the skills needed to be competitive in the workforce.
Paid internships are available from many local firms that focus on logistics and supply chain processes.
The curriculum has been developed in consultation with the Dallas/Fort Worth Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, the National Business Aviation Association, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and aviation and aerospace industry professionals.

What Can You do With a Aviation Logistics Degree?

Typical career opportunities and average salaries in the field, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, range from aircraft cargo handling supervisor ($52,000) to transportation manager ($105,000) to airport chief executive ($197,000). Our graduates are landing great jobs with a variety of aviation and aerospace employers, including airlines, maintenance repair overhaul facilities, aircraft manufacturers and air cargo forwarders.

B.S. in Aviation Logistics graduates get jobs such as:

  • Scheduling and dispatching
  • Production planning and control
  • Statistical forecasting
  • Safety hazard and risk assessment
  • Import/export procedures
  • Hazardous materials handling

Graduates continue on to leadership roles such as:

  • VP of maintenance planning and control
  • VP of safety
  • Director of customer service
  • Director of cargo and charter
  • Director of government contracts

Aviation Logistics Degree Courses You Could Take

Aviation Maintenance Programs (3 hrs)
Basics of aviation maintenance management. Familiarization with functions and responsibilities of aviation maintenance managers. Topics include managing maintenance; complying with regulatory, legal and technical requirements of aviation maintenance; and defining safety concepts of the aviation maintenance industry.
Aviation Safety Systems (3 hrs)
A safety philosophy and framework to develop the tools and method needed to understand, construct and manage proactive safety systems. Topics include basic concepts of quality management, risk management and process-based risk assessment in aviation.
Air Cargo Planning and Control (3 hrs)
Examination of the basics of air cargo operations and the economic principles facing air transportation after deregulation. Topics include how scheduled and unscheduled airlines handle air cargo services including containerization, deregulation, hazardous material handling and marketing.
Air Passenger Planning and Control (3 hrs)
Management of air passenger operations in the aviation industry including fleet operations and passenger and crew scheduling. Topics include optimizing flight routing, flight networks and fleet diversity; scheduling air/ground crew assignments and gate assignments; and understanding the impact of hub and spoke systems and maintenance locations on air passenger operations.
Airport and Infrastructure Planning and Control (3 hrs)
Comprehensive inquiry into the management of airport operations. Topics include the history of airports, the roles of government agencies, and the impact of deregulation and wide-bodied aircraft on airports. Special attention is given to the management of the airport planning process including the general Federal Aviation Regulations pertaining to airport management and the role of government airport planning and development.
Introduction to Aviation Industry (3 hrs)
Introduction to the aviation discipline including investigation of the key role the aviation industry plays in the global transportation network. Emphasis on how aviation management impacts current business practices in a globalizing economy. The importance of aviation transportation networks on business practice is examined.

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