What will I learn?

Western Michigan University's aviation flight science program emphasizes intellectual as well as technical competencies and is geared toward educating captains—not just training pilots. Because WMU's College of Aviation is more than a flight school, students will study general education subjects, the basic sciences, in addition to aircraft systems, crew resource management, advanced aerodynamics, professional flight, airline operations, management and administration, global navigation and international flight. As an aviation flight science student at WMU, you will benefit from the full university experience: collegiate sporting events, more than 300 registered student organizations, and the benefits of attending a top 100 U.S. public university.

When it's time to take to the skies, you'll fly out of Battle Creek's W.K. Kellogg Airport at one of the nation’s top flight schools. Begin your training in the private pilot course on the second longest runway in the state and the third busiest airport in Michigan. The airport is also home to an Air National Guard base, WACO Aircraft Corporation, the Kellogg and Eaton Companies Corporate Flight Departments, and Duncan Aviation. As your skills increase, you'll grow accustomed to flying into and out of a wide variety of airports, representing one of the best aviation schools in the country. Further benefits include flying in Michigan, where you will learn to handle a broad range of temperatures and weather systems.

Beyond the classroom

WMU has teamed with regional aviation companies to provide you with year-round internship opportunities as well as a chance to land summer internships across the country. Internships are available throughout the school year with companies such as Duncan Aviation, the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport and Northern Jet Management. Summer positions include opportunities at several commercial airlines including Delta, Southwest, American and CapeAir, as well as positions at the Chicago Executive Airport and UT Flight. Student organizations like Aviation Student Council, the Sky Broncos, the Multicultural Association of Aviation Professionals and Women in Aviation will allow you to network with others in the field, as well as participate in aviation-related events, such as seminars and career explorations.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in aviation flight science are working as:

Airline pilots
Corporate pilots
Military pilots
Flight instructors
Aerial mappers

Among the organizations they work for are:

Pinnacle Airlines
Williams Aerial Survey
Flight Safety
National GeoSpatial Intelligence Agency
IFL Group
American Eagle
Air Wisconsin
Flight 101
Western Michigan University
American Flyers
Aerosim Flight Academy
U.S. Forest Service

Which department am I in?

College of Aviation

Study options

Full Time (At least 122 hours of credit)

Tuition fees
US$17,541.00 per year
Undergraduate Upper-level 56 or more credits – USD $19,113
Start date

6 January 2020, 2 September 2020


WMU-Battle Creek

Western Michigan University,

50 Jackson St W,



49017, United States

Full Time (At least 122 hours of credit)

Tuition fees
US$17,541.00 per year
Undergraduate Upper-level 56 or more credits – USD $19,113
Start date

6 January 2020, 2 September 2020


Western Michigan University

1903 W Michigan Avenue,



49008, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to have TOEFL score of 550 on paper-based test; have Pearson Test of English with a score of 53.

For international students

A first-year applicant is a student who is applying for admission and who has not attempted or earned any college credit after graduating from high school (or earned equivalent).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 71 iBT

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.0

Pearson Test of English, Academic Module (PTE): 46

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 69

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