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Bachelor of Science in Commercial Aviation

The College of Professional & Liberal Studies is proud to offer a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Aviation.

The B.S. in Commercial Aviation produces quality aviators through rich learning experiences guided by professionally trained and engaged faculty. This program will prepare students for careers as professional pilots for airlines, corporate aviation departments, government agencies, air charter companies and flight schools. This major provides pilot training by professional aviation instructors certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. In addition to flight training that leads to certification, students will complete studies in management, business operations, human resources, transportation, logistics and aviation administration. These studies in combination with flight labs, experiential learning, and internships in an aviation setting will provide students with the necessary skills for future employment. 

Students enrolled in Commercial Aviation will complete a 120 hour degree with a curriculum focused on management and business operations courses, and professional aviation instruction provided by Crew Training International (CTI) Professional Flight Training in Millington, TN.

Students enrolled in the program must obtain a valid First Class A FAA Aviation Medical Certificate conducted by an FAA medical examiner, no later than completion of their first flight. This certificate is valid for up to 5 years and requires an exam fee. Students will also be required to complete a background check.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for this program include general education, a coordinated study, thematic studies, and general electives. Students should seek guidance from their advisor every semester and follow the assigned degree plan. A minor may be pursued with this degree through the submission of a completed minor application. Approval must be granted from the graduation analyst of the minor they are seeking as well as the College of Professional and Liberal Studies graduation analyst. 

Thematic Studies

All College of Professional and Liberal Studies students must complete 6 credit hours of thematic studies courses. These courses are designed to broaden a student's knowledge of significant AVIA themes.

AVIA 4550 - Aviation Law & Regulation Credit Hours: (3)
AVIA 4560 - Aviation Physiology & Survival Credit Hours: (3) 

Program Fees and Scholarships

Students are encouraged to regularly review fee charts, deadlines and other important details as they are subject to change. All fees associated with the aviation program are considered non-refundable. However, if you feel you have a justifiable circumstance for a refund, please complete our financial appeal form and provide appropriate documentation. Review of the appeal may take up to ten days.

Commercial Aviation financial appeal form

The University of Memphis in conjunction with CTI Professional Flight Training is pleased to announce the Future Professional Aviator’s Scholarship. Review full details and apply

For more information on this exciting new program, please contact the College of Professional & Liberal Studies at 901.678.2716 or cpls@memphis.edu. 

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