Bachelor of Aviation Management


Program Description

The Bachelor of Aviation Management is a dedicated aviation qualification which will introduce you various aspects of the exciting aviation industry. If you have a passion for aviation, you enjoy working with other people, you are interested in working towards a management role in a global business, then this degree is for you.

You will gain an understanding of the human factors in aviation, airline strategic management, and airport operational management as well as have the opportunity to undertake an internship course (aviation practicum).

If you are already employed in the aviation industry the BAvMan qualification also provides a route to improve your skills and knowledge to further your career in aviation.

Turn your passion into a career

Massey University is the only place in New Zealand where you can turn your passion for aviation into a university qualification. We are an internationally-recognised flight training facility, but we also give you a broad knowledge of the global aviation industry.

Topics include aviation human factors, aviation security issues, airlines strategic management and legal issues in aviation. These topics will expand the range of careers open to you in the aviation industry.

Skills that employers seek

Careers in the aviation industry are highly competitive. The unique composition of our aviation management degree will give you a point of difference - an in-depth understanding of the aviation industry. You will emerge with an internationally-recognised qualification that gives you the skills that employers seek.

This degree is suitable if you are wanting to enter the aviation industry, or if you are already in the industry but wish to gain a tertiary qualification to help your career path. Note some professional aviation qualifications may be eligible for cross-credit into the degree.

Massey’s BAvMan Graduates can be found in all of New Zealand‘s major airports, as well as in the aviation support sector, in aviation regulatory bodies and working in airlines around the world.

Internationally-recognised qualification

Your qualification is internationally-recognised and accredited by the key New Zealand aviation authorities. Massey Business School is ranked in the top 300 globally.

Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 200 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Massey University's Aviation Management programmes to master’s level are also available to international students via distance study mode through our partnership with Singapore Aviation Academy.


Amber Brierly
Bachelor of Aviation Management

Graduated in 2014

Franchising and Licensing Development at Signature Flight Support, Orlando, Florida, United States

“I chose to study at Massey due to its reputable aviation program; this is the only school in the country that offers aviation management as a bachelor’s degree…”

I have always been fascinated by airplanes and wanted to study aviation since I was young.

The Bachelor of Aviation Management gave me an insight into the aviation industry including hands-on experience within the industry. I did an internship at Auckland International Airport working on airside operations while doing a research paper on performance measurement.

For my final semester, I studied at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. I then did a research-based internship with Embry-Riddle’s School of Air Traffic Management.

I work in franchising and licensing development at Signature Flight Support, a fixed-based operator based in Orlando, Florida. It provides flight support services such as fuelling, hanger space, ground handling and airport maintenance at more than 100 airports worldwide.

My role is to assist in expanding Signature’s business portfolio. This includes the Signature Select fixed-base operator licensing program and the Signature Flight Support Hotel Booking Program.

I’m now working towards my Master of Aviation (Professional Practice) via distance learning and expect to graduate in 2018.


With a degree you will have access to a wide range of career options in aviation-related industries. Potential employers include:

  • SITA - the world’s leading specialist in air transport communications and information technology
  • Menzies Aviation - a global provider of passenger, ramp and cargo handling services (in 31 countries with over 19,000 staff!)
  • Airways New Zealand
  • New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority - regulates civil aviation in New Zealand
  • Airlines and airports

These companies will be interested in your knowledge of aviation and management - a perfect combination in roles such as airfield officer, terminal duty managers, retail and terminal operations management, compliance, air accident investigation, customer service, sales and marketing and much more.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

The Massey Business School is one of New Zealand’s leading and largest business schools and is ranked in the top 2% globally. We offer world-leading, relevant, flexible, research-led tertiary educatio ... Read More

The Massey Business School is one of New Zealand’s leading and largest business schools and is ranked in the top 2% globally. We offer world-leading, relevant, flexible, research-led tertiary education, that prepares students for the first job - and beyond. As a business you can access our relevant and topical research and services to help your organisation grow. Read less
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