University of Nebraska at Kearney Student in flight simulator

About the Aviation Systems Management Degree Program

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University of Nebraska at Kearney students will be ready for an aviation career from the highest quality collegiate program in the country. The Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Systems Management includes a core grouping of aviation, technical and business courses, as well as your choice of two emphasis areas.

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

In the Aviation Support Services emphasis, you will be provided all the preparation necessary to be a manager in any of the numerous aviation related industries. The Aviation Support Services emphasis provides all the career preparation necessary to be a manager in the aviation industry. Graduates have found themselves working as air traffic controllers, airport managers and aviation insurance representatives.


  • Commercial/charter pilot
  • Air traffic controller
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Flight operations
  • Flight instructors
  • Flight attendant
  • Border patrol
  • Crop sprayer
  • Aviation professor
  • Aerial photographer
  • Dispatch operations and communication
Carlos Tejada

“As an aviation student, I took trips to the main Air Traffic Control Center in Minneapolis and to the Bombardier Safety Stand down in Wichita. We learned how to increase the safety of flights,” Originally from Cartagena, Colombia, Tejada has been interested in aviation since he was young. “My father was a Navy officer, so we moved to many military bases within the country. I saw helicopters taking off and landing every day.”

Carlos Tejada