Bachelor of Science in Aviation Ascend with Aviation Excellence


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Online* courses with in-person flight training, 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total

Liberty University’s Bachelor of Science (BS) in Aviation online program focuses on practical decision-making skills. These skills are essential for a fulfilling career in aeronautics. Whether you seek to become a commercial, military, or missionary pilot, our aviation science degree can help prepare you.

2024 Loening Trophy Winner

Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics is a 4-time recipient of the Loening Trophy — one of the rarest and oldest collegiate aviation awards — for being the nation’s most outstanding college aviation program.

Liberty University has one of the largest flight schools in Virginia. You can be confident you will be studying under professors who possess superior knowledge and experience in the field. Through an aviation bachelor degree, you can gain the knowledge and technical skills needed to succeed in the field of aeronautics. You can also learn the personal skills desired by the aviation industry that can set you apart from your peers:

  • Character
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Leadership and team-building skills
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Professionalism 

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

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Ranked in the Top 10% of’s Best Online Schools in America

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

Additionally, the School of Aeronautics has established strong relationships with numerous airlines across the United States. We have signed partnerships with several major airlines for students who complete Liberty University’s BS in Aviation program.

Your Liberty education can help you stand out in your field. Our courses combine Christian beliefs with aviation industry standards to teach and cultivate excellent flying skills in our students. Good airmanship encompasses the discipline, leadership skills, and character needed to excel in any aviation profession.

In your aviation science degree, you’ll be thoroughly educated so you can safely and efficiently operate and maintain air vehicles. You can build an understanding of the fundamentals of flying and how your aircraft works through this online aviation degree.

Liberty’s exciting online aviation major seeks to produce quality candidates who are able to exercise expert knowledge in their field. The goal of this pilot degree program is to equip you for complete career preparedness. We seek to provide you with the knowledge you need to understand the mechanics of flight and become a successful pilot.

  • You will be trained with practical and applicable knowledge in airplane aerodynamics and instrument panel controls.
  • You’ll learn the fundamentals of aeronautics, GPS navigation, and aviation safety.
  • You’ll study aviation weather and the workings of turbine engines. 
  • You will have the ability to train under experienced leaders in the field of aviation.
  • You’ll go through a challenging and rewarding curriculum in our online aviation degree.
  • You may have the opportunity to participate in the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) Program.
  • Learn from aviation leaders, study flight, and become ready to be a pilot!

Degree Completion Plan

Flight Training Affiliate (FTA) Information

Liberty University is able to offer a Bachelor of Science in Aviation degree online because each aviation student must either come into the program as a licensed pilot or earn a pilot’s license through one of Liberty University’s approved Flight Training Affiliates (FTAs).*

  • If you already have your pilot’s license, the bachelor’s level courses are available to you because you have already proven that you have the foundational skills you need to fly.
  • If you do not have a pilot’s license, Liberty’s FTAs are conveniently located around the country, giving you the flexibility to complete the necessary flight hours for a pilot’s license while earning your aviation degree online at the same time.
  • See the Aviation Scholarships page to see if you could be eligible for aviation training-related benefits!

The flight requirements for earning your aviation degree online can be fulfilled by submitting a copy of your pilot’s license to petition for credit through our Experience Plus program or opting to enroll at one of our Flight Training Affiliate locations.

*Military benefits from the Veterans Administration for flight courses are only accepted at the following locations at this time. VA benefits can be used for non-flight courses regardless of FTA location.

  • American Winds Aviation – Akron, Ohio
  • AMS Flight School – Milton, Florida
  • AV8 – Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Aviation Adventures (Leesburg) – Leesburg, VA
  • Aviation Adventures (Manassas) – Manassas, VA
  • Aviation Adventures (Stafford) – Fredericksburg, VA
  • Aviation Adventures (Warrenton) – Midland, VA
  • Aviation Adventures (Winchester) – Winchester, VA
  • Chennault Flying Service DBA Elite Aviation VGT – North Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Cirrus Aviation – Sarasota, Florida
  • Cornerstone Aviation – Ogden, Utah
  • Cornerstone Aviation – Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Eagle Aircraft – Valparaiso, Indiana
  • Elite Aviation VGT – North Las Vegas, NV
  • Florida Flyers Flight Academy – St. Augustine, Florida
  • Flying Corps Aviation – Savannah, GA
  • Heart of Virginia Aviation – Ashland, VA
  • Horizon Flight Center – Chesapeake, VA
  • Kingsky Flight Academy — Lakeland, Florida
  • Ocala Aviation Services— Ocala, Florida
  • Palm Beach Flight Training Corp. – Lantana, Florida
  • PAVCO – Gig Harbor, Washington
  • Phoenix East Aviation – Daytona, Florida
  • Pilots Choice Aviation – Georgetown, TX
  • Rick Aviation – Newport News, VA
  • Sanders Aviation – Jasper, AL
  • Sky Safety – San Antonio, TX
  • Snohomish Flying Service – Snohomish, Washington
  • Sterling Flight Training – Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sun State Aviation – Kissimmee, Florida
  • Tampa Bay Aviation – Clearwater, Florida
  • University Air Center – Gainesville, Florida
  • US Aviation Academy – Denton, TX

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Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for all undergraduate courses at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!

Undergraduate Full Time $390/Credit
Undergraduate Part Time $455/Credit
Military Undergraduate $250/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $565 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
  • Potential college credit for military training

*Not applicable to certificates.