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Aviation, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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With the Aviation Aviation program of Delaware State University, students gain first-hand experience and knowledge in subjects such as:

  • airport management
  • air and ground safety
  • economics and finance
  • personnel management
  • aviation law and regulations

Employers seek out Delaware State’s aviation graduates because the program has such a good track record. Our students have access to excellent facilities and a first-rate faculty, and they have gone on to great success as airport administrators, air traffic controllers, industry analysts, transportation regulators, and executives for aviation corporations. In the 20-year history of our flight school, 100 percent of our graduates have gained employment within the aviation industry.

Professional Preparation

A new generation of leaders is needed in air traffic control and airport administration, as the current generation is rapidly approaching retirement age. With an Aviation Management degree, graduates will be qualified to fill those vacancies. We have an excellent working relationship with the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA). Many of our undergraduates have work-study jobs with DRBA during school, and/or gain full-time jobs there after graduation.

The Aviation Program is approved by the State of Delaware Education Department for Veterans Flight Training.

Professional Pilot track

Little-known fact: Delaware State operates the only full-service, university-based flight school in the mid-Atlantic area. We offer very affordable fees, expert professional pilot instructors, and a state-of-the-art fleet of planes. Students spend hundreds of hours in the cockpit, while getting classroom instruction on airplane mechanics, air traffic control, engines and instruments, aviation, law, and other aspects of flight operations.

Upon completion of their Aviation Professional Pilot degree, students are qualified to operate commercial airlines, charter planes, corporate jets, and military aircraft. With the nation’s pilot workforce rapidly aging, employment prospects are bright for young pilots: Experts project the industry will soon need to hire 9,000 or more new pilots per year. In the 20-year history of Delaware State’s flight school, 100 percent of our graduates have gone on to careers in the aviation industry.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    International students should apply no later than 90 days prior to the Fall and Spring semesters.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits


  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Meteorology
  • Private Pilot Certification
  • Flight Safety
  • Airport Planning & Management
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Crew Resource Management

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A certificate or diploma from an accredited four-year school or senior high school.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is required if English is not your native language.
  • Submit the three-section test. DSU requires test scores of 800 on the SAT (math and critical reading combined), test scores of 880 or above on the 2016 redesigned SAT, or a 17 or better composite score on the ACT.
  • Have transcripts evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) and then forwarded by the evaluating organization to the Office of Admissions.
  • Submit an I-20 Application, a F-1 Student Seeking Financial Statement and an Affidavit of Support for Free Room & Board.
  • The University will also consider international applicants who have taken the General Education Development (GED) test.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16960 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8480 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16960 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8480 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7038 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3519 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dover

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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