About the Aviation Degree Program

On Campus

Soar to new heights with an aviation degree from UNK, one of the most affordable collegiate aviation programs in the country. The program includes a core grouping of aviation, technical and business courses, as well as your choice of two emphasis areas: Professional Pilot for students interested in piloting, and Management for those interested in careers on the ground.

In the Professional Pilot emphasis, you'll be prepared for a career as a commercial pilot. After completing the degree requirements for the Flight Training program, you'll have the opportunity to earn your private pilot’s license, as well as be prepared for the instrument, commercial, multi-engine and flight instructor certifications and ratings.

In the Management emphasis, you'll be equipped with all the skills necessary to excel as a manager in the aviation industry. Graduates have found themselves working as air traffic controllers, airport managers and aviation insurance representatives.

UNK Aviation faculty bring decades of experience to the classroom, having worked in over 120 countries and flown more than 30,000 hours in over 50 aircraft types. The program also has a partnership with Nebraska Flight School, giving students access to over 90 aircraft at Kearney Regional Airport, just 10 minutes from campus.

Explore Aviation at UNK

Aviation Comprehensive Program at a Glance


Credit Hours

General Studies requirement has been reduced to 30 credit hrs allowing more freedom and making it easier to transfer to UNK.

Degree Received

Aviation Comprehensive, Bachelor of Science


Per Credit Hour

With the New Nebraskan Scholarship all undergraduate students pay in-state tuition

Fabricio Santivanez Teran

"I came from Bolivia to achieve my goal of becoming an Airline Captain. UNK is the new way of opportunities to open the doors of aviation.”

Fabricio Santivanez Teran

Aviation Systems Management, Flight Operations Emphasis

What can you do with an Aviation Comprehensive Degree

Business and Technology graduates have a 90% placement rate between careers and graduate school with a median annual salary of $48,000 per year. Learn more about the types of jobs and common employers that Aviation Comprehensive graduates work for.


  • Commercial/Charter Pilot
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Aircraft Maintenance
  • Flight Operations
  • Flight Instructor
  • Flight Attendant
  • Border Patrol
  • Crop Sprayer
  • Aviation Professor
  • Aerial Photographer
  • Dispatch Operations and Communication