B.S. in Aviation Business Administration

Mission and Educational Goals

The mission of the Aviation Business Administration (ABA) Program is to educate and prepare the next generation of business leaders in the aviation industry through superior teaching and mentoring.  We create a student-centered educational experience emphasizing problem-based experiential learning with industry clients and projects to develop graduates capable of leading future innovation in the aviation and aerospace industries.

Our curriculum is designed around five educational goals:

  1. Develop effective oral and written communication skills. 
  2. Build higher cognitive skills including critical-thinking, creativity and analytical ability.
  3. Prepare students to identify and solve problems, make decisions and prioritize.
  4. Promote collaborative team learning through work in diverse teams.
  5. Cultivate lifelong learning through initiative and independent thinking and research.

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 Airport and Airline Management, Supply Chain Management, Aviation Finance, Flight Operations and 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 one of the specified courses in their Area of Concentration. Students enrolled in the Air Force or Army ROTC program may substitute AF or MSL courses for their open elective courses.

Select Aviation Business Administration program offerings at the Prescott Campus are accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The goal of our accredited programs is to create aviation management professionals with strong business and leadership acumen. 

General Education36-38
Business Core52
Aviation Core9
Area of Concentration14-16
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

ACC 121Software Based Bookkeeping1
ACC 210Financial Accounting3
ACC 312Managerial Accounting3
BA 102Introduction to Aviation, Aerospace and Global Business3
or AS 120 Principles of Aeronautical Science
BA 201Principles of Management3
BA 311Marketing3
BA 319Managerial and Organizational Behavior3
BA 320Business Information Systems3
BA 325Social Responsibility and Ethics in Management3
BA 335International Business3
BA 352Optimization and Decision Analytics3
BA 353Management of Production and Operations3
BA 390Business Law3
BA 437Strategic Management and Consulting3
EC 211Macroeconomics3
FIN 332Corporate Finance I3
Aviation Core
BA 443Trends and Current Issues in Commercial Air Transport3
EC 330Air Transport Economics3
Choose one of the following two courses:3
Aviation Law
Aviation Labor Relations
Total Credits55

Areas of Concentration

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

Airport and Airline Management

Choose five courses from the following list:
AS 322Operational and Industrial Aspects of UAS3
AS 402Airline Operations3
BA 4083
BA 410Management of Air Cargo3
BA 415Airline Management3
BIO 403Wildlife and Airports3
FIN 418Airport Administration and Finance3
SF 341Safety and Security of Airport Ground Operations3
Total Credits15

Aviation Finance

BA 370Machine Learning and Big Data3
FIN 334Investment Analysis3
FIN 342International Finance3
FIN 347Aviation Finance I3
Select one from the following:3
Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
Personal Financial Planning
Airport Administration and Finance
Corporate Finance II
Total Credits15

Flight Operations

Students selecting Flight Operations areas of concentration need to begin the coursework as soon as possible. Students must choose between Fixed Wing or Helicopter.

AS 121Private Pilot Operations5
or AS 143 Private Helicopter Operations
AS 221
AS 221L
Instrument Pilot Operations
and Instrument Pilot Operations Laboratory
or AS 252 Instrument Helicopter Operations
AS 321
AS 321L
Commercial Pilot Operations
and Commercial Pilot Operations Laboratory
or AS 372
FA 121Private Single Flight1
or FH 142 Helicopter Pilot Flight Private
FA 221Instrument Single Flight1
or FH 252 Helicopter Pilot Flight Instrument
FA 321Commercial Single Flight1
or FH 372 Helicopter Pilot Flight Commercial
Total Credits14-16

Students desiring a Fixed Wing 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.


BA 341Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management3
Select two aviation-focused electives:6
Operational and Industrial Aspects of UAS
Airline Operations
Management of Air Cargo
Airline Management
Aviation Finance I
Airport Administration and Finance
Human Factors in Aviation Safety
Safety Program Management
Select two ACC/BA/EC-focused electives:6
Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
Machine Learning and Big Data
Small Business Management
Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Personal Financial Planning
Project Management
Total Credits15

Supply Chain Management in Aviation and Aerospace

AS 322Operational and Industrial Aspects of UAS3
BA 215Transportation Principles3
BA 341Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management3
BA 410Management of Air Cargo3
Select one course from the following: 3
Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Project Management
Total Credits15
Open Electives (may include UNIV 101)11-15
Total Degree Requirements120

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
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
Humanities Lower-Level 3
MA 120 Quantitative Methods I 3
Open Elective 3
Physical and Life Sciences w/ Lab 4
Social Sciences Lower-Level 3
UNIV 101 College Success 1
 Credits Subtotal29.0
Sophomore Year
ACC 121 Software Based Bookkeeping 1
ACC 210 Financial Accounting 3
BA 222 Business Analytics Tools 3
BA 311 Marketing 3
BA 352 Optimization and Decision Analytics 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
Physical and Life Sciences 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Junior Year
Aviation Core 3
ACC 312 Managerial Accounting 3
BA 319 Managerial and Organizational Behavior 3
BA 320 Business Information Systems 3
BA 335 International Business 3
Concentration Courses 3
EC 330 Air Transport Economics 3
FIN 332 Corporate Finance I 3
HU/SS Course Upper-Level 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Senior Year
BA 325 Social Responsibility and Ethics in Management 3
BA 353 Management of Production and Operations 3
BA 390 Business Law 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 Director, School of Business.

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 Analytics Tools3
Humanities and Social Sciences12
Any lower-level Humanities 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 Pre-Calculus for Aviation
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