Professional Pilot Associate and Bachelor's Degree
Thrilling flights. Panoramic views. Adventurous opportunities. The life of a professional pilot is full of exhilarating moments.
Offered as an associate or bachelor's degree, K-State Polytechnic's award-winning professional pilot program is the perfect place to begin your aviation journey. With more Master Certified Aviation Instructors than any other college or university in the nation, a premium fleet of 35 aircraft and flight training devices, and a large and active regional airport steps away from the classroom, your education and experience will far outreach the highest of expectation.
Why our program?
Our flight operations curriculum does more than train pilots – students receive training above and beyond the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) minimum requirements, creating professionals that are confident to fly in all conditions, troubleshoot and solve problems, make ethical decisions and exceed the expectations of the aviation industry. With the degree option's longstanding history at the university, K-State Polytechnic has turned people passionate about aviation into the best pilots in the skies.
K-State Polytechnic’s professional pilot degree option is FAA regulation part 141 approved, allowing students to complete commercial pilot training in as little as 190 hours instead of 250 hours, for a bachelor's degree. The training also allows students to qualify for a Restricted Airline Transport Certificate (ATP) at 1,000 hours instead of 1,500 – giving students the ability to fly for the airlines earlier. Training and education is provided by our elite staff, comprised of experts with years of both industry and education experience.
My Polytechnic Story
"Because of K-State, I know someone at almost every major airline, in corporate and cargo as well as the army, coastguard, air force, and navy." -Seth Short, alum