Professional Aviation

Over a fifty-year history, Louisiana Tech University’s Department of Professional Aviation has established itself as a high-quality degree program with a national reputation for outstanding graduates. The department is a member of the University Aviation Association and is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International.

In 2017, the department of Professional Aviation became owners of a fleet of 13 Cessna Skyhawk and Piper Arrow airplanes. The department conducts both ground and flight training year-round. Flight operations are headquartered at the Ruston Regional Airport in the Louisiana Tech Flight Operations Building. We have aviation management cooperative agreements with the Louisiana Airport Managers Association and other Fixed Base Operators in the region. Our links with industry are accomplished by internship programs with numerous major air carriers, regional airlines, corporate aviation, and government organizations as well as maintaining close contacts with our graduates.

Degree Programs

Professional Aviation (BS)

Students complete requirements for the Private, Instrument, Commercial, and Flight Instructor Certificates, minimum of 120 semester hours.


Aviation Management (BS)

A major in Aviation Management consists of 45 semester hours of aviation and specified flight training requirements. The program concentrates on business practices designed to prepare students for managerial positions throughout the aviation industry. The aviation management curriculum requires a minor in Business Administration. The program also offers a concentration in Aviation Maintenance Management.


Job Opportunities:

  • Aircraft cargo handling supervisor
  • Airport planning
  • Airport operations officer
  • Airport sales/marketing
  • Commercial pilot
  • Fixed Base operations manager
  • Flight school instructor
  • Private pilot
  • Transportation and development specialist
  • Transportation manager