The Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration is geared toward students who want to build a strong business foundation, with the networking skills required for a management career in the aviation/aerospace industry.  

Bachelor of Science in
Aviation Business Administration

Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration is geared toward students who want to build a strong business foundation, with the networking skills required for a management career in the aviation/aerospace industry. ABA students select from exciting concentrations in Management, Airport Management, Financial Management, Fixed-wing Flight Operations or Helicopter Flight Operations. Outside the classroom, students have ample opportunities to interact with members of industry through field trips, industry events/meetings, business conferences, on/off campus networking events, and various study abroad programs.

Our dedicated Business Industry Advisory Board provides students and faculty with guidance on the needs of business, government, and the aviation industry. School-sponsored tutoring and labs are available.

Dedicated faculty advisors assist ABA students in evaluating the many opportunities available to them in this program. Some courses may require prerequisite subject knowledge or particular class standing. Course descriptions, included in the catalog, should be reviewed prior to registering for classes, to ensure proper placement.

The Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration degree is housed in the School of Business in the College of Arts and Sciences.


View Degree Requirements
Excerpt taken from the Online Course Catalog

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
Total Credits39

Business Core

BA 102Introduction to Aviation, Aerospace and Global Business 3
or AS 120 Principles of Aeronautical Science
BA 201Principles of Management3
BA 210Financial Accounting3
BA 221Advanced Computer Based Systems3
BA 311Marketing3
BA 312Managerial Accounting3
BA 319Managerial and Organizational Behavior3
BA 320Business Information Systems3
BA 325Social Responsibility and Ethics in Management3
BA 332Corporate Finance I3
BA 335International Business3
BA 390Business Law3
BA 420Management of Production and Operations3
BA 436Strategic Management3
EC 211Macroeconomics3
EC 315Managerial Economics3
Total Credits48

Areas of Concentration

Students must select one of the five following Areas of Concentration. The “capstone” course in all ABA program concentrations is BA 436.

Airport Management

BA 308Public Administration3
BA 408Airport Management3
BA 418Airport Administration and Finance3
BA/EC Business Electives (300-400 level)6
Total Credits15


BA 334Investment Analysis3
BA 342International Finance3
BA 434Corporate Finance II3
or BA 329 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
or BA 340 International Accounting
BA/EC Business Electives (300-400 level)6
Total Credits15

Flight Operations - Fixed Wing

AS 121Private Pilot Operations5
AS 121LPrivate Pilot Operations Lab0
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, SF, or WX *3
Total Credits19

Flight Operations - Helicopter

AS 142Private Helicopter Operations3
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, SF, or WX *3
Total Credits15

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.


Courses Available as Designated Electives
Select any five designated electives of which a minimum of two must be aviation focused (as noted by **) and a minimum of four must be BA\EC:15
BA 308
Public Administration
BA 322
Aviation Insurance **
BA 324
Aviation Labor Relations **
BA 329
Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
BA 333
Personal Financial Planning
BA 334
Investment Analysis
BA 337
BA 342
International Finance
BA 399/499
Special Topics in Management
BA 408
Airport Management **
BA 410
Management of Air Cargo **
BA 415
Airline Management **
BA 418
Airport Administration and Finance **
BA 421
Small Business Management
BA 425
Trends and Current Problems in Air Transportation **
BA 427
Management of Multicultural Workforce
BA 442
Global Marketing Management
EC 399/499
Special Topics in Economics
AS 402
Airline Operations **
BIO 403
Wildlife and Airports **
SIS 420
Aviation Security and Technology **
Total Hours15
Open Electives14-18
Total Degree Requirements120

 Requirement may also be fulfilled by Private Pilot License.


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 3
Any HU 14X Course 3
BA 102 Introduction to Aviation, Aerospace and Global Business 3
or AS 120
Principles of Aeronautical Science
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
EC 210 Microeconomics 3
IT 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications 3
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
or MA 120
Quantitative Methods I
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Sophomore Year
Physical and Life Sciences 3
BA 210 Financial Accounting 3
BA 221 Advanced Computer Based Systems 3
BA 311 Marketing 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
or COM 222
Business Communication
or COM 223
Intelligence Writing
EC 211 Macroeconomics 3
MA 220 Quantitative Methods II 3
or BA 352
Business Quantitative Methods
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
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 332 Corporate Finance I 3
BA 335 International Business 3
EC 315 Managerial Economics 3
Concentration Courses 3
Open Elective 6
 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 436 Strategic Management 3
Concentration Courses 12
Open Electives 6
 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 Skills
COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 221Technical Report Writing3
or COM 222 Business Communication
or COM 223 Intelligence Writing
Computer Science
IT 109Introduction to Computers and Applications3
Humanities and Social Sciences
Any HU 140 Series Course3
EC 210Microeconomics3
Select one of the following:3
PSY 101
Introduction to Psychology
SS 110
World History
SS 120
U.S. History
SS 130
History of Aviation in America
SS 204
Introduction to Geography
SS 210
Introduction to Sociology
HU/SS Upper-Level Course3
MA 111College Mathematics for Aviation I3
or MA 120 Quantitative Methods I
MA 222Business Statistics3
MA 220Quantitative Methods II3
or BA 352 Business Quantitative Methods
Physical and Life Sciences
Select two of the following (of which one course must include a laboratory):6-7
Any AES/BIO/CHM/PS course
SIS 220Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science4
or WX 201 Survey of Meteorology

Go to the Online Course catalog

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