B.S. in Aviation Business Administration

The Aviation Business Administration degree program, offered by the Department of Business, reflects the ever-changing and demanding environment of business, government, and the aviation industry. The curriculum is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills essential to their successful entry into business and society. Emphasis is placed on effective communications, quantitative skills, global awareness, social responsibility, information technology, critical thinking skills, teamwork, business functional skills, aviation/aerospace industry familiarity, and a commitment to lifelong learning.

This degree program offers a unique educational experience for the business-focused student. It is the appropriate foundation for entry into career opportunities in business, aviation management, financial management, or flight operations. Course requirements include computer applications, group/individual projects and presentations, and a blend of theory and applications to best prepare students for a variety of positions in the workplace. Colloquia, forums, visiting speakers, interesting field trip experiences, and interdisciplinary opportunities/activities serve to enrich the curriculum.

Diverse elective courses allow students to broaden their general education interests or pursue specific interests in many specialized areas, including international commerce, economics/finance, aviation/aerospace, security and intelligence, the environment, aviation safety, and culture and language. A variety of unique “minors” (minor programs of study) are available for interested students wishing to supplement their formal academic preparation with specialized coursework in more than 20 additional areas of study. Dedicated faculty advisors assist ABA students in evaluating the many opportunities available to them in this program.

Active business/aviation related clubs on campus include Phi Beta Lambda (a business-focused organization providing students an opportunity to compete at state and national leadership conferences); the American Association of Airport Executives (an aviation management-focused association with prior travel to Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, Seattle, San Francisco and Hong Kong); and the Aviation Business Networking Club (an organization for personal and professional development and networking).

Our students are encouraged to think beyond traditional academic boundaries and seek workplace and cultural experiences that will enrich and enlighten them on the evolving workplace and the global business environment. Unique internships and cooperative educational experiences are available and encouraged, with staff assigned to assist students in position identification and placement. A Business Industry Advisory Board provides guidance on the needs of business, government, and the aviation industry.

Numerous summer-abroad experiences are available for students wishing to increase their international perspectives. Previous summer-abroad academic programs have been offered in Paris, London, Italy, Poland, China, Germany, Ecuador, Chile, and Mexico.

Course descriptions, included in this catalog, should be reviewed prior to registering for classes, to ensure proper placement. Some courses may require prerequisite subject knowledge or particular class standing. Department-sponsored tutoring and labs are available.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Business Administration (ABA) requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, and is normally completed in eight semesters. Designed for students interested in obtaining a strong business foundation with emphasis on specific aviation business and management opportunities, the student may select an Area of Concentration in Management, Financial Management, Supply Chain Management in Aviation and Aerospace, Flight Operations-Fixed Wing, Flight Operations - Helicopter, and Airport Management.

Students should declare their Area of Concentration at the beginning of their sophomore year. Students who want to specialize in more than one Area of Concentration may cross-utilize up to 6 credit hours toward the second area of concentration. Students who participate in the Cooperative Education program may substitute up to 3 credit hours, if approved, toward the specified courses required in their Area of Concentration. Students enrolled in the Air Force or Army ROTC program may substitute AF or MSL courses for the open elective courses.

Select Aviation Business Administration program offerings at the Prescott Campus are accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI). The goal of AABI accredited programs is to create aviation management and business professionals. The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott Department of Business is a member of the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and is in candidacy for accreditation. In order to be awarded an Aviation Business Administration degree, a student is required to complete a minimum of 80% of the business core and area of concentration courses in residence or transfer those credits from institutions approved by the Department Chair. The only business degrees that can be declared simultaneously are BS/BA or BS/ABA with BS/GB Language and Culture AOC.

General Education36-38
Business Core52
Area of Concentration17-19
Open Electives11-15
Total Credits120

General Education

(General Education selections for Aviation Business Administration students are listed below.)

Communication Theory and Skills9
Computer Science3
Humanities Lower-Level course3
Social Sciences Lower-Level course6
Humanities/Social Sciences Upper-Level course3
Physical and Life Sciences (One course must include a laboratory)6-8
Total Credits36-38

Business Core

BA 102Introduction to Aviation, Aerospace and Global Business3
or AS 120 Principles of Aeronautical Science
BA 121Software Based Bookkeeping1
BA 201Principles of Management3
BA 210Financial Accounting3
BA 311Marketing3
BA 312Managerial Accounting3
BA 319Managerial and Organizational Behavior3
BA 320Business Information Systems3
BA 325Social Responsibility and Ethics in Management3
BA 327Airline-Airport Operations3
BA 332Corporate Finance I3
BA 335International Business3
BA 352Business Quantitative Methods3
BA 390Business Law3
BA 420Management of Production and Operations3
BA 437Strategic Management and Consulting3
EC 211Macroeconomics3
EC 315Managerial Economics3
Total Credits52

Areas of Concentration

Students must select one of the six following Areas of Concentration. Up to 3 credits of an approved internship or study-abroad experience may be substituted into any AOC.

Airport Management

BA 308Public Administration3
BA 408Airport Management3
BA 418Airport Administration and Finance3
BA/EC Business Electives (300-400 level)9
Total Credits18

Financial Management

BA 340International Accounting3
BA 342International Finance3
Select two from the following:6
Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
Personal Financial Planning
Investment Analysis
Airport Administration and Finance
International Trade and Regulations
Corporate Finance II
BA/EC Business Elective (300-400 level)6
Total Credits18

Flight Operations - Fixed Wing

Students selecting Flight Operations areas of concentration need to begin the coursework as soon as possible. See the Advanced Standing section under University Academic Regulations and Procedures, and the Aeronautical Science notes under the Aeronautical Science degree in this catalog for information relating to these courses.

AS 121Private Pilot Operations5
AS 221Instrument Pilot Operations3
AS 221LInstrument Pilot Operations Laboratory1
AS 321Commercial Pilot Operations3
AS 321LCommercial Pilot Operations Laboratory1
FA 121Private Single Flight1
FA 221Instrument Single Flight1
FA 321Commercial Single Flight1
300/400 Level AS, BA, EC, FA, SF, or WX *3
Total Credits19

Students desiring an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate should note that the Commercial Pilot Certificates for both Airplane Single-Engine and Multi-Engine Land are issued upon the successful completion of FA 323, which requires additional flight costs. Please see the College of Aviation academic advisor for information on requirements for an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.

Flight Operations - Helicopter

Students selecting Flight Operations areas of concentration need to begin the coursework as soon as possible. See the Advanced Standing section under University Academic Regulations and Procedures, and the Aeronautical Science notes under the Aeronautical Science degree in this catalog for information relating to these courses.

AS 143Private Helicopter Operations5
AS 252Instrument Helicopter Operations3
AS 372Commercial Helicopter Operations3
FH 142Helicopter Pilot Flight Private1
FH 252Helicoper Pilot Flight Instrument1
FH 372Helicopter Pilot Flight Commercial1
300-400 Level AS, BA, EC, FH, SF, or WX *3
Total Credits17


Select any six designated electives of which a minimum of two must be aviation focused (as noted by **) and a minimum of four must be BA\EC:18
Public Administration
Aviation Insurance **
Aviation Labor Relations **
Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
Personal Financial Planning
Investment Analysis
Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management **
International Finance
Special Topics in Management
Airport Management **
Management of Air Cargo **
Airline Management **
Airport Administration and Finance **
Small Business Management
Trends and Current Problems in Air Transportation **
Management of Multicultural Workforce
Global Entrepreneurship and Trade
Global Marketing Management
Special Topics in Economics
Airline Operations **
Wildlife and Airports **
Aviation Security and Technology **
Human Factors in Aviation Safety **
Safety Program Management **
Total Credits18

Supply Chain Management in Aviation and Aerospace

BA 215Transportation Principles3
BA 341Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management3
BA 410Management of Air Cargo3
BA 441Global Entrepreneurship and Trade3
Select two courses from the following: 6
Professional Consulting
Logistics Management for Aviation/Aerospace
Global Marketing Management
Total Credits18
Open Electives (may include UNIV 101)11-15
Total Degree Requirements120

Must be approved by the Department Chair.


These classes are considered aviation focused.

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
Lower-Level Social Sciences 3
Physical and Life Sciences w/ Lab 4
Any HU 14X Course 3
BA 102 Introduction to Aviation, Aerospace and Global Business 3
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
EC 210 Microeconomics 3
MA 120 Quantitative Methods I 3
Open Elective 3
UNIV 101 College Success 1
 Credits Subtotal29.0
Sophomore Year
Physical and Life Sciences 3
BA 121 Software Based Bookkeeping 1
BA 210 Financial Accounting 3
BA 311 Marketing 3
BA 222 Business Computer Applications 3
BA 352 Business Quantitative Methods 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
Business Communication
Intelligence Writing
EC 211 Macroeconomics 3
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Junior Year
Upper-Level HU/SS Course 3
BA 312 Managerial Accounting 3
BA 319 Managerial and Organizational Behavior 3
BA 320 Business Information Systems 3
BA 327 Airline-Airport Operations 3
BA 332 Corporate Finance I 3
BA 335 International Business 3
EC 315 Managerial Economics 3
Concentration Courses 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Senior Year
BA 325 Social Responsibility and Ethics in Management 3
BA 390 Business Law 3
BA 420 Management of Production and Operations 3
BA 437 Strategic Management and Consulting 3
Concentration Courses 15
Open Electives 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 120.0

This suggested sequencing is appropriate for most ABA students. However, those seeking a Flight Operations concentration should consult their advisor, as their particular (flight-oriented) concentration courses should be scheduled much earlier in the sequence.

Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physical and Life Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences may be chosen from those listed below, assuming prerequisite requirements are met with permission of advisor. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified above in the Aviation Business Administration vertical outline. Other courses may also be used with permission of the Department of Business Chair.

Communication Theory and Skills9
COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 222Business Communication3
or COM 221 Technical Report Writing
or COM 223 Intelligence Writing
Computer Science3
BA 222Business Computer Applications3
Humanities and Social Sciences12
Any HU 140 Series Course3
EC 210Microeconomics3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Psychology
World History
U.S. History
History of Aviation in America
Introduction to Geography
Introduction to Sociology
HU/SS Upper-Level Course3
MA 120Quantitative Methods I3
or MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I
MA 222Business Statistics3
Physical and Life Sciences6-8
Select two of the following (of which one course must include a laboratory):
Any BIO/CHM/PS/WX course, or3-4
SIS 220Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science4