Air Traffic Management

Our undergraduate air traffic management program offers students exceptional training and state-of-the-art facilities in the field of aviation. Students learn air traffic control procedures and operations in tower, Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities and en route environments. Students learn the skills needed to be controllers with the Federal Aviation Administration, among other career possibilities.

Degrees Offered

Air Traffic Management, BS

Application Deadlines*

December 1, 2014
2015 Spring semester (January)

March 1, 2015
2015 Summer session 1 (June)

March 1, 2015
2015 Summer session 2 (July)

May 1, 2015
2015 Fall semester (August)

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Air Traffic Management, BS

The BS in air traffic management provides a technical foundation in air traffic control procedures and operations for students interested in becoming air traffic controllers who ensure safe, orderly and expeditious flow of aircraft traffic on the ground and in the air. Students gain a strong background in aircraft operations, management skills and business principles through course work specific to air traffic control. For complete program information, required classes and other details, see the major map.


Additional Program Fee: Yes

Career Outlook 

The number of controllers projected to be hired by the Federal Aviation Administration through 2021 is 11,747. Increases in the volume of air traffic will require more controllers to handle the additional work. New computerized systems will assist controllers by automatically making many of the routine decisions. This will allow controllers to handle more traffic, thus increasing their productivity.

To prepare for this challenge, students receive training in the methodologies and technologies that are currently being developed for the next generation air traffic control systems. Despite the obvious demand for new controllers in the immediate future, competition to get into the FAA-approved training programs is expected to remain intense, as there generally are many more applicants than there are openings. Graduates who have met all of the FAA requirements will be considered for employment.

Example Careers 

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to the following:

Air Traffic Controllers • Growth Rate*: 13.05% • Median Salary*: $ 113,540

Airfield Operations Specialists • Growth Rate*: 13.02% • Median Salary*: $ 47,180

Learn more about career outlook, example careers and average salaries.

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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