Why earn a bachelor's degree in airport management?

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Dec. 15
May 1

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Earn a B.B.A. in Airport Management from the UND Nistler College of Business & Public Administration in collaboration with the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, known around the world for academic excellence. You'll learn many aspects of airport planning, operations both general and business aviation, integrated with safety management systems and GIS.

This degree is designed to fully prepare you for a leadership role in airport management, with an essential foundation in management, accounting, finance and public administration, which are the needed skills to thrive in a fast-paced and demanding profession. You'll learn the essentials about the best business and management practices, as well as aviation and airport technologies and operation.

Accredited Airport Management Degree


UND's degree is the only Airport Management program accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Accreditation by AACSB International puts the Nistler CoBPA in the top 5% of business schools in the world.

Airport Management at UND

  • Benefit from a program the builds your leadership, communications, team-building, and problem-solving skills.

  • Tailor your education to your interest and career goals with courses targeted specialized segments of airport management.

  • Combine business, management and administration learnings, with general aviation courses for a well-rounded education.

  • Qualify for industry certification from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) after completing our programs final course.

Careers in Airport Management


Median salary range for an airport safety manager



Median salary for air operations supervisory or management positions

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

As air travel becomes more challenging, there will be a continued demand for those with strong leadership, team-building, and problems solving skills. Given the complexity of managing an airport, UND's program will prepare you for a variety of opportunities in aviation management.

UND graduates can expect exciting career opportunities in several areas related to airport management, including:

  • Airport business development manager
  • General manager of an airport
  • Fuel farm supervisor
  • Ground service supervisor
  • Manager of facilities

Aviation and Management Course Options

Benefits of an Airport Management Degree

Get Skills to Make a Difference

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

  • Strategic Planning
  • Airport Planning and Management
  • Human Resources and Organizational Behavior
  • Business and Aerospace Law
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Introduction to Aviation (private pilot)
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Be Part of a Successful Alumni Network

UND Airport Management alumni have gone on to a variety of careers with:

  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Metropolitan Airport Commission – Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Airport
  • Denver International Airport
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • Ricondo and Associates
  • Mead and Hunt
  • Southwest Airlines

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