Why study air traffic management?

Application Deadlines
Feb. 1* | April 15^
Dec. 15
May 1

*Freshman Priority Deadline
^Transfer Priority Deadline

Earn a B.S. in Aeronautics with a Major in Air Traffic Management from the UND Aviation Department, known around the world for academic excellence. Benefit from the most technologically advanced simulators and the world's largest collegiate training fleet. It's the kind of state-of-the-art facilities and avionics that offers a training experience second to none.

This program from UND will fully prepare you for your successful career in air traffic management. Gain the essential aviation fundamental knowledge you need, along with exposure to related fields, such as meteorology. Advance your skills set further with specialized advanced courses in radar, tower operations, safety management and more.

AABI Accredited Air Traffic Management Program

This program is accredited by Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI). 

Student Achievement Data

Air Traffic Management at UND

  • Train with state of the art virtual tower and radar simulators, plus study in a second field.

  • The Air Traffic Management curriculum prepares students for careers as ground-based controllers who direct aircraft through the NationalAirspace System (NAS). 

  • In addition to the primary curriculum, this program requires a second field of study, which normally means a formal minor, aviation specialization or a second major.

  • Upon graduation from UND, graduates of this program will request a letter of recommendation from the Department of Aviation. This letter will be used in applying for an Air Traffic Control Specialist position with the FAA, as a CTI (Collegiate Training Initiative) graduate. CTI graduates can apply in POOL 1 and are exempt from taking the biographical assessment (BQ) during the FAA Air Traffic Control Specialist hiring announcement. 

Air Traffic Management Careers 


Median salary for air traffic control specialists

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Number of available positions in air traffic control

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

During the next decade, a significant number of air traffic controllers will be forced to retire, due to the FAA mandatory retirement age of 56. With the possibility of shortages in qualified air traffic controllers, there is sure to be steady or even growing opportunities for UND graduates of this program.

With this degree, you can expect exciting opportunities in several environments related to air traffic control, including:

  • Control tower operations
  • Approach control facility operation
  • En-route center operations
  • Air operations supervisory or management positions

When You Major in Air Traffic Management

An Air Traffic Management degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Traffic Control
  • Aviation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Operations Management

UND Air Traffic Management Major Alumni

Air Traffic Management alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Endeavor Air, Inc.
  • Leidos Holdings, Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • FedEx Corporation

Required Air Traffic Management Courses

Ready to Lead

Check out what an Air Traffic Management student experiences throughout a day.