Listed below please find links to the Degree Plans for the various programs in the Department of Aviation & Safety.

Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science (Concentration in Air Traffic Control)

This degree program prepares you to perform satisfactorily at the ATC Training Academy in Oklahoma City, OK, however, earning this degree is no guarantee that the FAA will hire you when you are ready for employment. In addition, all new controllers must pass an 8 hour FAA pre-employment test and, if successful in securing a job offer, attend a 12 week training FAA training program. Throughout their career, air traffic controllers must pass regular proficiency exams as well as medical and drug tests. Please make certain that you consult with the Aviation Department and gather all details before you decide on this degree program.

A minimum of 122 semester hours are required for completion. Fifty-eight (58) credit hours of core curriculum courses; 20 credit hours of aviation technology courses; 32 hours of aviation science courses; and 12 hours of additional electives.

Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science (Concentration in Flight Education)

The concentration in Flight Education is our Professional Pilot Program. Students completing this degree will have earned their commercial pilot rating.
This program requires a minimum of 120 semester hours for completion with the following breakdown: 45 credits of core curriculum courses; 51 credits of aviation technology courses; 6 credits of business/leadership courses; and 18 credits of open electives.
We are an approved Cessna Pilot Center and will conduct ground school classes for private, instrument and commercial ratings from our course curriculum. Flight training is contracted to Endeavor Flight Training Center located at Opa Locka Airport (less than one mile), which is also a Cessna Pilot Center as well as a Part 141 training facility.

Note: There are significant costs associated with flight training that are NOT covered with your student tuition. Consult with an aviation advisor before you select this degree program.

Flight Training Costs

NOTE: This list denotes the minimum requirements as dictated by Part 141.
Prices are current as of February 2016 and are subject to change.

 Private Pilot Course
 Cessna Multimedia Training Kit $230.00
 Medical Certificate $80.00
 Written Test $150.00
 Practical Test $500.00
 Headset $400.00
 30 Dual Flight Hours – Cessna 172SP @ $126.00 $3,780.00
 5 Hours solo @ $126.00 $630.00
 *AVT 201 – Private Pilot Ground School $230.00
 Sub Total $5,770.00


 Instrument Rating Course
 Cessna Multimedia Training $230.00
 Written Test $150.00
 Practical Test $500.00
 35 Dual Flight Hours – Cessna 172SP @ $126.00 $4,410.00
 *AVT 301 – Instrument Pilot Ground School
 Sub Total $5,290.00


 Commercial Rating Course
 Cessna Multimedia Training Commercial Kit $230.00
 Medical Certificate $80.00
 Written Test $150.00
 Practical Test $500.00
 15 Dual Flight Hours – Piper Seneca @ $331.00 $4,965.00
 55 Dual Flight Hours – Cessna 172SP @ $126.00 $6,930.00
 10 Hours solo @ $126.00 $1,260.00
 *AVT 303 - Commercial Ground School
 Sub Total $14,115.00


 Grand Total $25,175.00

*All ground school courses are taught at FMU and will be covered with student tuition.

Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management (AABI accredited)

Our Aviation Management degree program is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI). It is one of 35 aviation programs in the country to achieve this elite status. This degree will prepare you for administrative, supervisory, and managerial positions in the aviation industry. The program is oriented to the business nature and human resource needs of the aviation industry. We have established partnerships with several local businesses that will provide you with ample opportunities to pursue internships that will ultimately enhance your professional skills as well as your resume.

A minimum of 120 semester hours are required for completion. 36 credit hours are for required core curriculum courses; 42 credit hours for aviation science courses; 21 hours for business courses; and 21 hours for electives which may be used toward a minor degree program.

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Minor in Aviation Safety

This minor is an excellent complement to any aviation degree program. Graduates are equipped to pursue careers in a variety of aviation companies including the airlines, flight schools, charter companies, airports and insurance companies. Students will be required to complete a minimum of eighteen credit hours in safety centered courses.

Minor in Homeland Security

This minor is an excellent complement to any aviation degree as well as criminal justice. This minor has a strong focus on the nation’s ability to plan for, respond to and the emergency management of events dealing with acts of terrorism, natural and man-made disasters.

Assessment Plan and Course Mapping

Our Philosophy of Program Improvement

We understand that program assessment refers to the assessment of the academic degree plans that we offer. We further understand that our student learning effectiveness is enhanced through regular evaluations/assessments combined with a concerted effort to improve what we do.
Each faculty member will identify course student learning outcomes (SLOs) that complement and support the following program learning outcomes:

  • Exhibit characteristics expected for professionals in the aviation industry (such as adherence to professional standards, consistent attention to safety, and the practice of ethical behavior.)
  • Demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and skills expected of aviation professionals for entry and progression in a specified aviation management related career field.
  • Apply general business concepts in the aviation environment
  • Apply concepts from safety management and human factors to realistic problems in the aviation environment.
  • Identify and evaluate the evolving role of aviation and the factors impacting its place in the current world.

Methods of Student Assessment

Direct observation rubrics and monitored testing will be used to measure SLOs. Our four (4) major methods of assessment will be:


Each semester, several students from the department have the opportunity to complete aviation ship. During these internships, students accomplish the following:

  • Develop an understanding of employment opportunities and responsibilities.
  • Discover interests, refine skills and develop abilities in a realistic learning situation.
  • Develop marketable skills for gainful employment.
  • Develop the attitudes, work ethics, and skills necessary for job competency.
  • Learn employable skills.

Each intern receives a written and verbal evaluation by their immediate supervisor using a rubric developed by the Miami Dade Human Resources Department. They will be evaluated in 13 different categories and will receive a final rating of:

Superior (1)
Very Good (2)
Average (3)
Marginal (4)
Poor (5)

External Rating Categories Associated Program Goals
1. Ability to Learn
2. Ability to Communicate
3. Adaptability
  • Exhibit characteristics of professionals
  • Demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills for entry and progression
  • Apply concepts from safety management and human factors to realistic problems
  • Identify and evaluate the evolving role of aviation
4. Appearance
5. Attendance
6. Attitude
7. Competence
8. Initiative
9. Judgment
  • Exhibit characteristics of professionals
  • Demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills for entry and progression
  • Apply general business concepts from safety management and human factors to realistic problems
10. Personal Relations
11. Punctuality
12. Quality of Work
13. Quantity of Work
  • Exhibit characteristics of professionals
  • Apply general business concepts from safety management and human factors to realistic problems

Cumulative General Knowledge Test (CGKT)

The CGKT consists of 50 random questions from four (4) aviation core courses (Aviation History, Aviation Legislation, Flight Safety, and Intro to Aeronautics). The test will be administered to incoming freshmen and graduating seniors. Seniors scoring 80% or better will receive extra credit toward their final grade in AWS 450 – Senior Project in Aviation.

In Class Testing

During the course of the semester, students will be administered regular tests and at least one speaking and writing assignment.

Aviation Capstone Course (AWS 450 – Senior Project in Aviation)

The student is required to complete a major aviation research paper/thesis, which must be presented before an audience of aviation professionals and faculty members. Both the written and oral/defense portion of the project will be graded with Value Rubric created by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

End of Course Reflections

Each course will be accessed via a written end of course evaluation. The instructor will identify selected student learning outcomes at the beginning of the semester to be assessed. The following information will be reported:

  • Means of Assessment
  • Criteria for Success
  • Modifications Made to Course
  • Results of Assessment
  • Discussion and Action Plan for Improvement
  • Grade Distribution
  • Frequency of Assessments