Bachelor of Science (BS) in Aviation Professional Pilot

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Starting Fall 2023

Please note: This program is currently pending VA benefits approval.

Earn a bachelor of science in aviation professional pilot

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Aviation Professional Pilot provides the student with the necessary knowledge and training to become an aviation professional in the diverse field of Aviation. The program addresses one of the greatest employment challenges of the 21st century – how to create enough professional pilots to fill the staggering number of jobs created in the aviation industry due to the burgeoning demand for commercial and airline pilots. The degree provides a firm foundation in flight operations, airport operations, safety, risk management, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, aviation technologies, and piloting skills.  Graduates of the program will have the knowledge, skills, and FAA certifications necessary to be employed as a commercial pilot by airlines, governmental agencies, or corporate employers.

The need for a B.S. in Aviation Professional Pilot is an outgrowth of several factors.  These include new regulatory requirements for pilots, changes in pilot retirement age, too few pilots entering the industry, and a natural growth in the market for air transportation.

In 2009, the FAA changed the mandatory retirement age for airline pilots from 60 years of age to 65 and created a delayed bubble of retirements.  The resulting increase in job openings as pilots meet the revised retirement age has begun already and will continue for the foreseeable future.

In addition, the aviation industry has experienced a time of unprecedented worldwide growth. Forecasts by the major aircraft manufacturers and the industry at large state the number of airline fleet aircraft and pilots will double by 2035. This forecast does not include additional growth experienced in other commercial pilot employers.

Why Capitol?

Location in D.C.

Our location puts you in the heart of the action

The Baltimore, Maryland/Washington D.C. area is one of the most busiest Class B airspaces in the world which is perfect for training career oriented pilots. It houses 3 Class B international airports along with many other towered/non-towered airports for pilot training. Training in and out of DC Special Flight Rule Area (SFRA) daily will make our pilots ready for action anywhere in the world.

Idea's are made here.

Our motto, ‘find a way, or make one’ delivers job ready skills

Our curriculum is specifically designed for those who aim to become professional airline pilots. Students will earn all necessary certificates and ratings including Commercial Pilot Multi-Engine Addon, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII) and Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) through the program. Students will have a choice of various flight training service providers best fit their needs.

Support for you

Support for you

Once acquired a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate, students will be able to work as a flight instructor anywhere in the US while building flight time toward the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) minimum requirement and completing remainder of coursework online. Airline cadet partnership programs will provide students with opportunity to reach airline pilot position quickly.

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market demand

Market Demand Aviation Professional Pilots

The airline industry will need 255,000 new pilots over the next 10 years. Most countries including the United States mandate a retirement age of 65 for airline pilots and will have 105,000 pilots leaving workforce in the next 10 years. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts 4.2% annual passenger growth, leading to addition of 150,000 new pilot positions.

Degree Details

Bachelor of Science in Aviation Professional Pilot Total Credits: 120

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change.

The following rates are in effect for the 2022-2023 academic year, beginning in Fall 2022 and continuing through Summer 2023:

  • There is no charge for online application, $25 fee for paper application
  • Full-time tuition is $12,915 per semester, plus fees
  • The active duty military tuition rate is $250 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
  • The retired military tuition rate is $746 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
  • All full-time students who keep their student account current are promised their tuition will not increase more than 1% per year for four years
  • For the cost of living in Capitol Technology University's modern residential facility, click here.
  • Academic Fee for UAS-120 $500

For 2023-2024 undergraduate tuition and fees, click here.

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