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Aviation Studies, BMS

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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The online Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (BMS) degree with area of concentration in Aviation Studies along with the nationally recognized University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute offers high quality programs featuring full-time and adjunct faculty who are nationally recognized authorities in the field of aviation.

Why choose this program:

  • Internship programs are available to gain hands-on experience in the field 
  • Student organizations are offered to help connect with other students who share the same passion 
  • Scholarship opportunities are available to students pursuing a career in aviation 

Students may receive up to 21 credit hours for FAA flight certificates and ratings:

  • 12 credit hours may be used in secondary fields 
  • 6 credit hours may be used in elective fields 
  • 3 credit hours may be used in the concentration 

Career Outlook: In the case of airline and commercial pilots, over the next 10 years, many pilots are expected to retire as they reach the required retirement age of 65 providing many job openings to new pilots. The annual median pay for an airline or commercial pilot is $105,720 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016). An air traffic controller, who coordinates the movement of aircraft to maintain safe distances between them, makes about $122,410 median annual pay (2016). 

Potential career paths following graduation may include:

  • Professional pilot 
  • Airport administration 
  • Corporate and general aviation 
  • Operations management 
  • Airline operations 
  • Safety and security 
  • Federal government 
  • Dispatch 
  • Air traffic control 

Note: This program does not qualify for the Restricted ATP Certificate.

More about the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMS): 
Nationally ranked as one of the top bachelors programs in the United States from U.S. News and World Report, the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMS) is a flexible, individualized degree program. In determining these rankings, U.S. News assesses programs on four general categories: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation. 

The adaptable nature of the program provides students with the opportunity to design a personalized degree tailored to meet individual career goals, satisfy personal aspirations or prepare for graduate studies. This online degree program accepts transfer credit from all regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as non-traditional credit from formal training experiences which have been evaluated and approved by specific agencies and committees. 

This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  2. Have earned a high school diploma or GED

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
  • Students may transfer up to 64 credit hours from regionally accredited two-year or community colleges, or more from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Students may apply up to 65 credit hours from non-traditional sources such as basic training/active duty military service or certain approved formal training experiences. Official transcripts will be required (JST, ACE, etc.)
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
August 1
Spring Semester
December 1
Summer Semester
June 1

Students must complete at least 30 credit hours in their area of concentration. In addition, students must also complete two secondary fields, each consisting of 12 credit hours from the same subject.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
AVN 1000Introduction to Aviation3

Course Number: AVN 1000

This course provides a broad understanding of all aspects of the air transportation and aerospace industries. Lectures will cover what has happened in the industry to date, with emphasis on present and future developments in air transportation. The course will include the impact the airline industry is making on airports and other segments of aviation and aerospace.

AVN 1040History of Aviation and Aerospace3

Course Number: AVN 1040

Purpose of this course is to present the historical antecedents leading to the conquest of the air and the evolution of aviation and aerospace progress to present day. The course is intended as an introductory course for those pursuing a major in aviation or considering aviation as a vocation; or for undergraduates wishing to gain a historical perspective of the development of the field of aviation and aerospace.

AVN 1160Aviation Safety3

Course Number: AVN 1160

This course provides the student with a detailed introduction to aspects of aviation safety as well as the associated components of flight human factors, aircraft technology, weather related accidents and accident investigation.   Prerequisites: AVN 1000

AVN 2020Airline Operations3

Course Number: AVN 2020

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to operational aspects of airline management. Topics to be covered include management, leadership, labor relations, marketing, forecasting, and fleet planning.   Prerequisites: AVN 1000

AVN 2050Introduction to Airport Administration3

Course Number: AVN 2050

This course examines airport operations, safety and security, various administrative roles within the airport community, and the impact airports can have on local and regional economies. Students will explore the unique role public airports play as an interface between the traveling public and private airlines.  Prerequisites: AVN 1000

AVN 2510Diversity in Aviation3

Course Number: AVN 2510

This course provides an overview of the contributions women and minorities have made to the field of aviation. Emphasis is placed on past, present and future roles of women and minorities in aviation. The course includes other topics such as international aspects and issues of aviation.

AVN 3000Business and Corporate Aviation3

Course Number: AVN 3000

This course will provide a broad understanding of aspects related to the field of business and corporate aviation. Information that will be covered includes: the history of business and corporate aviation; regulations and associations; the value of using business aircraft; aircraft selection; the differences between corporate flight department, fractional ownership, and charter departments; insurance requirements; and safety and security issues.  Prerequisites: AVN 1000 and Junior or Senior standing

AVN 3040Human Factors in Aviation3

Course Number: AVN 3040

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of human factors as it applies to pilots and administrators. Topics will include pilot physiological and psychological issues, work station design, crew resource management, and related public sector issues for managers. Prerequisites: AVN 1160

AVN 3200Cooperative Education in Aviation3

Course Number: AVN 3200

This course will complement course work with a relevant professional work experience or practicum in aviation. The practicum/field experience may be a special project in an aviation organization to be coordinated by the instructor. Offered as a credit/no-credit course. Prerequisites: AVN 3060, aviation major, junior/senior standing and instructor permission.

AVN 3600International Aviation3

Course Number: AVN 3600

This course examines global air transport and its impact on the development of the global economy. Lectures and readings will provide a solid foundation of historical knowledge about international air transport and its development in various countries, before exploring current policy debates about liberalization, global alliances, and other critical issues.   Prerequisites: AVN 2020.

AVN 4050General Aviation Operations3

Course Number: AVN 4050

Organization and operation of general aviation facilities to include administration, aircraft maintenance considerations, flight line operations, and decision making.   Prerequisites: AVN 1000

AVN 4100Marketing in Public Non Profit and Aviation...3

Course Number: AVN 4100

Marketing in Public Non Profit and Aviation Organizationhis course will focus on developing a working knowledge of marketing and its component parts as they may be applied to non-profit organizations. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the marketing process and applying marketing principles to real organizational settings.   Prerequisites: For graduate level - graduate standing and permission of instructor, and PA 8010, 8090; or permission of department

AVN 4200Internship in Aviation3

Course Number: AVN 4200

This course is designed to provide direct hands-on experience in the aviation industry for selected students. Students will be selected for internships competitively by a panel of Aviation Institute faculty and industry representatives from companies providing the internships. This experience will be in a full-time, preferably paid position in a highly structured environment using a syllabus designated by the faculty and industry committee. Prerequisites: AVN 3060, junior/senior standing, aviation major, instructor permission

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $280.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $332.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $840.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $996.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $390.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $442.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1170.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1326.75
Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $57.75 registration fee each semester they enroll in courses.

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  • Quality learning experience

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