The Aviation Business Administration degree program, offered by the Department of Business, reflects the ever-changing and demanding environment of business, government, and the aviation industry. The curriculum is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills essential to their successful entry into business and society. Emphasis is placed on effective communications, quantitative skills, global awareness, social responsibility, information technology, critical thinking skills, teamwork, business functional skills, aviation/aerospace industry familiarity, and a commitment to lifelong learning.
This degree program offers a unique educational experience for the business-focused student. It is the appropriate foundation for entry into career opportunities in business, aviation management, financial management, or flight operations. Course requirements include computer applications, group/individual projects and presentations, and a blend of theory and applications to best prepare students for a variety of positions in the workplace. Colloquia, forums, visiting speakers, interesting field trip experiences, and interdisciplinary opportunities/activities serve to enrich the curriculum.
Diverse elective courses allow students to broaden their general education interests or pursue specific interests in many specialized areas, including international commerce, economics/finance, aviation/aerospace, security and intelligence, the environment, aviation safety, and culture and language. A variety of unique “minors” (minor programs of study) are available for interested students wishing to supplement their formal academic preparation with specialized coursework in more than 20 additional areas of study. Dedicated faculty advisors assist ABA students in evaluating the many opportunities available to them in this program.
Active business/aviation related clubs on campus include Phi Beta Lambda (a business-focused organization providing students an opportunity to compete at state and national leadership conferences); the American Association of Airport Executives (an aviation management-focused association with prior travel to Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, Seattle, San Francisco and Hong Kong); and the Aviation Business Networking Club (an organization for personal and professional development and networking).
Our students are encouraged to think beyond traditional academic boundaries and seek workplace and cultural experiences that will enrich and enlighten them on the evolving workplace and the global business environment. Unique internships and cooperative educational experiences are available and encouraged, with staff assigned to assist students in position identification and placement. A Business Industry Advisory Board provides guidance on the needs of business, government, and the aviation industry.
Numerous summer-abroad experiences are available for students wishing to increase their international perspectives. Previous summer-abroad academic programs have been offered in Paris, London, Italy, Poland, China, Germany, Ecuador, Chile, and Mexico.
Course descriptions, included in this catalog, should be reviewed prior to registering for classes, to ensure proper placement. Some courses may require prerequisite subject knowledge or particular class standing. Department-sponsored tutoring and labs are available.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Business Administration (ABA) requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours and is normally completed in eight semesters. Designed for students interested in obtaining a strong business foundation with emphasis on specific aviation business and management opportunities, the student may select an Area of Concentration in Management, Financial Mangement, Flight Operations-Fixed Wing, Flight Operations - Helicopter, and Airport Management.
Students should declare their Area of Concentration at the beginning of their sophomore year. Students who want to specialize in more than one Area of Concentration may cross-utilize up to 6 credit hours toward the second area of concentration. Students who participate in the Cooperative Education program may substitute up to 3 credit hours, if approved, toward the specified courses required in their Area of Concentration. Students enrolled in the Air Force or Army R.O.T.C. program may substitute AF or MSL courses for the open elective courses.
Select Aviation Business Administration program offerings at the Prescott Campus are accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (A.A.B.I.). The goal of A.A.B.I. accredited programs is to create aviation management and business professionals. The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott Department of Business is a member of the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (A.C.B.S.P.) and is in candidacy for accreditation. In order to be awarded an Aviation Business Administration degree, a student is required to complete a minimum of 80% of the business core and area of concentration courses in residence or transfer those credits from institutions approved by the Department Chair. The only business degrees that can be declared simultaneously are BS/BA or BS/ABA with BS/GB Language and Culture AOC.
About the School
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's western campus is located in Prescott, AZ, north of Phoenix and a day trip away from Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and picturesque Sedona.