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Bachelor of Science in
Pilot Operations

The Bachelor of Science in Pilot Operations is designed to help pilots and students learn aviation management skills that boost career advancement opportunities.

About the Bachelor of Science in Pilot Operations

The Bachelor of Science in Pilot Operations is designed for undergraduate students with an interest in aeronautical science who are already licensed pilots. The online aviation degree is intended to help students achieve roles in aviation leadership and compete for competitive pilot positions, while learning from faculty with industry-leading experience. This specific degree is highly sought after for pilots who would like to pursue roles as chief pilots within their organization. In addition, military Warrant Officers will have a great jumpstart to their civilian flying career with this degree upon transitioning.   

Pilots who already hold their multi-engine ATP or are commercial/instrument rated with any added ratings — such as multi-engine and either a flight dispatcher, flight engineer or added jet type rating — can transfer up to 45 credits toward this 120-credit degree. 

Student Learning Outcomes

What you will learn while earning a degree in pilot operations:

  • Apply mathematics and science to aviation-related disciplines 
  • Management in Aeronautical Science 
  • Use industry techniques, skills and modern technology necessary 

Pilot Operations Career Opportunities

Careers and Employers

Setting the standard, Embry-Riddle graduates are set to enter the workforce in top companies, including The Federal Aviation Administration, corporate aviation companies and airports. The 2023 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook forecasts the need for 649,000 pilots by 2042, along with 690,000 maintenance technicians and 938,000 cabin crew members.

Graduates with an online aviation degree often secure roles in:

  • Airline Management 
  • Aviation Safety 
  • Aviation Maintenance


About Pilot Operations at the Worldwide & Online Campus

The Bachelor of Science in Pilot Operations is an online program that accepts a student's valuable experience through the award of up to 45 prior learning credits. The specially designed curriculum then builds on those skills and knowledge to focus on key attributes needed in aviation leadership. 

Housed in the Embry‑Riddle Worldwide College of Aviation, this flexible, online aviation degree allows focused and driven professional pilots to earn their degree in as little as two years, taking classes where they want and when they want. 

As a result, many of our graduates are recognized as trailblazers, and our alumni ranks include airline and aerospace executives, military general officers and astronauts.


Tracks/Specialties and/or Certificates

*Graduates from the Worldwide Bachelor of Science in Pilot Operations are not eligible to apply for a restricted privileges airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate. 

Pilot Operations Information

  • Credits: 120
  • Online or In-Person: Fully online, EagleVision Virtual Classroom or see if a Worldwide location is close to you

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