Why earn a bachelor's in commercial aviation?

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Earn a B.S. in Aeronautics with a Major in Commercial Aviation from the UND Aviation Department, known around the world for academic excellence. The curriculum is designed to fully prepare you for a variety of flight-related careers. You'll gain a solid background in aviation with flight instructor ratings, along with a liberal arts core. It's exactly what you need to launch your exciting aviation career, whether you choose a fixed-wing or helicopter specialty.

The world recognizes the quality of the pilots our programs produce. The Aviation Department has secured a number of defined career pathway partnerships with industry-leading airlines. These programs are designed to help UND students get interviews and begin careers with major carriers around the world.

Career Pathways

Commercial Aviation at UND

  • Earn a commercial pilot certificate with instrument and multi-engine ratings, and a certified flight instructor certificate with instrument rating.

  • Train with a state-of-the-art virtual controller simulator and radar simulators.

  • For a fixed-wing specialty, you'll gain essential knowledge in single-engine, multi-engine, VFR and IFR flight to the commercial pilot standard.

  • For a helicopter specialty, you'll gain essential knowledge in the various types of aircraft flight to the commercial standard. 

  • The Commercial Aviation program is fully accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI). Student Achievement Data

Careers in Commercial Aviation 


Median salary for a commercial pilot

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Percemtage of industry growth to 2028

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Graduates of the UND aviation programs have plenty of career opportunities, especially as a career commercial pilot and related professions. UND graduates with a B.S. in Commercial Aviation can expect exciting opportunities in several piloting professions, including:

  • Commercial airline pilot
  • Director of operations
  • Helicopter pilot (with helicopter specialty)
  • Corporate jet pilot
  • Chief pilot

UND Commercial Aviation Alumni

Commercial Aviation alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Skywest, Inc.
  • Delta Airlines
  • Endeavor Air, Inc.
  • Compass Airlines

Commercial Aviation Courses You Could Take

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