Master of International
Business Administration

Program Overview
Conveniently located near the company headquarters, The International Aviation Transportation Association (IATA), AUS is uniquely positioned to offer its students access to knowledgeable professors, internships, and IATA certification unparalleled by any other institute of Higher Learning.

While at AUS, the student will acquire the necessary skills to fast-track their management career in aviation management. Grounded in cutting-edge business theory, the student will learn to sell ideas while establishing, implementing, and overseeing an organization's aviation structure.
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IATA Authorized
Training Center

with a specialization in Aviation Management

2 years
Entry Dates
September / January / April
Study Mode
90 CH | 120 ECTS
Next Intakes:
January 2023
September 2022
AUS's Aviation Management program provides students with the necessary skills to fast-track their aviation careers. Grounded in cutting-edge business theory, experiential learning, and taught by professors directly from aviation, this MIBA program gives the students a well-rounded and hands-on exposure to the industry.

The Aviation Management program is based on a curriculum developed by IATA and uses IATA materials. Once students complete the theory and practical coursework and pass the IATA exam, they will receive an IATA Aviation Fundamentals Diploma.

Our Aviation Management professors come from the aviation industry and directly from IATA. Through their decades of direct aviation experience, they bring personal stories, connections, and networks to a classroom, enriching the student experience.

In addition to the classroom setting, the program offers tours of aviation management points of interest, including airports, hangars, cargo centers, IATA headquarters, air traffic control centers, and many others.
AUS has a specific track for guest speakers, bringing industry leaders to campus to provide first-person experiences and insights.

At the beginning of their MIBA program, the Aviation Management students will take the core MIBA courses with the other AUS students. Once in their second year, they will begin their Aviation Management courses.

Students will complete 27 specialization credit hours to complete the specialty. Of these 27 credit hours, 18 fulfill the Fundamentals of Aviation diploma are based on IATA curricula. The remaining nine credit hours will be specifically designed for AUS and taught by industry experts.

Why Aviation Management?

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the number of air travelers will balloon to 7.2 billion in 2035, a near doubling of current levels. This trend is supported by the growth of the middle class in China and its impact on domestic travels, and the Asia Pacific's economic rise as an international destination.
Aviation Management provides pertinent knowledge of the aviation industry and provides students with the business skills necessary to enter this industry. The career opportunities range from Airport Management to Aviation Law and offer travel opportunities within a multicultural environment.
Ever-evolving theory and real-world practical examples
All courses are taught onsite by AUS professors, distinguished leaders in air transportation, hospitality, and business management. The curriculum comprises ever-evolving theory and real-world practical examples, and internships are required for candidates during their third term of study.
Internship Opportunities
To support internship placement, AUS is partnering with leaders in the aviation field. PrivatPort is a company backed by Swissport International Ltd, which provides best-in-class airport ground services on behalf of more than 50 client-companies for over 25 million passengers annually in 50 countries.
Courses at the American University in Switzerland include theory and hard and soft skill development through two experiential learning activities, such as:

  • Simulations
  • Presentations – individual and/or group
  • Case studies
  • Projects – individual and/or group, such as Business plans, Research projects, Marketing plan, Program management plan, Developing a case study, Onboarding plan.

Module Examples:

Airline Customer Service
Students will learn how to drive outstanding customer service with the winning combination of knowledge, skills, and attitude. Frontline airline customer service professionals, such as ticket reservation staff, check-in and gate agents, and cabin crew, work in one of the most dynamic industries. In this course, students will examine how the Internet, social media and new technologies are changing airline customer service. They will discuss several examples of how airlines are keeping up with these changes to meet customer needs and stay competitive.
Airline Marketing
As the airline market becomes more competitive, marketing is becoming more important. Students will learn how airline marketing is evolving, how airlines are increasingly using technology, and how to identify and match customer expectations. They will also learn about alliances, packages, and creating value.
All of these topics will be taught within the framework of understanding and applying sound marketing principles.
Air Transport Fundamentals
This course will provide you with a basic understanding of the general principles and concepts of safety to help you develop a 'safety conscience'. With this new knowledge you will feel more confident about discussing the role of safety in aviation, as well as ensuring you are ready to take your first steps in a safety career. The course will cover key safety topics and through practical examples, demonstrate how these relate to roles within the aviation industry. Not only will this help you develop your safety leadership capability, but it will also enable you to engage and contribute towards a positive safety culture.
Emerging Technologies
The fourth industrial revolution, or 4IR, is upon us, and emerging technologies are at its core. Businesses must adapt to this new reality or they will jeopardize their own survival. In this context, a solid understanding of emerging technologies and their potential value to an organization is critical for any business manager.
This course explores the current spectrum of emerging technologies from various perspectives, with a focus on their business application for competitive advantage. The emphasis is on fostering the development of students' individual opinion on this fast evolving theme.
This course starts by introducing an overview of emerging technologies. It then continues by exploring eight topics where some specific emerging technologies are explored for their disruptive potential. However, additional emerging technologies may be involved in any topical discussion. Indeed, since many of these emerging technologies are interconnected or even interdependent, each class is expected to touch upon topics otherwise covered in other classes. This reflects the complexity of the overall theme which must be grasped too. The course ends with a discussion on the application of ethics in using such technologies.
Introduction to the Airline Industry
In a rapidly changing environment, airports have to adapt to economic downturns, technological changes, market changes, airline commercial deregulation, and the worldwide trend to convert airports from government organizations to more business-like entities. These pressures have or have had or are having significant effects on the way airports do business, not only from a financial perspective but also from an operational standpoint.
In these challenging times, and with emerging competition from other airports and other modes of transportation, it is of the utmost importance that airports recruit and provide employees and managers with the best available knowledge and skills. This course was prepared to provide students with a solid overview of the airport operations field and with tools to apply their knowledge and skills to your airport. It is designed to be useful not only for their own benefit but also to help them make better decisions for their organization.
Aviation Safety Fundamentals
This course will provide you with a basic understanding of the general principles and concepts of safety to help you develop a 'safety conscience'. With this new knowledge you will feel more confident about discussing the role of safety in aviation, as well as ensuring you are ready to take your first steps in a safety career. The course will cover key safety topics and through practical examples, demonstrate how these relate to roles within the aviation industry. Not only will this help you develop your safety leadership capability, but it will also enable you to engage and contribute towards a positive safety culture.
Airline Revenue Management
What is revenue management and why is it needed in the airline industry of today and tomorrow? As competition and various economic pressures increase, all airlines, full service and low-cost carriers alike, need to maximize revenue in order to succeed and grow. As airlines adapt their business processes and models to meet the current challenges facing the industry, revenue management provides a number of strategies to help increase and maximize revenue. Students will learn how to address these issues and others in this course.
Management Information Systems
This course provides a comprehensive overview of information systems used by business firms today while drawing connections between MIS (Management Information Systems) and business performance.
This course starts by introducing major themes related to organizations, management, and the networked enterprise. It then provides the technical foundation for understanding information systems by examining hardware, software, database, and networking technologies along with tools and techniques for security and control. The journey continues by examining the core information system applications businesses are using today to improve operational excellence and decision making. Finally, the focus is on how to use the knowledge acquired earlier on in the course to analyze and design information system solutions to business problems.
More precisely, this course provides some practical answers for questions such as: What is an information system, and what are its management, organization, and technology dimensions? Why are information systems so essential in businesses today? Why are systems for collaboration and social business so important? How can information systems help businesses become more competitive? What broader ethical and social issues are raised by the widespread use of information systems? What technologies do businesses today need to accomplish their work? What do we need to know about these technologies to make sure they enhance the performance of the firm? How are these technologies likely to change in the future? What technologies and procedures are required to ensure that systems are reliable and secure? How can enterprise applications improve business performance? How do firms use e-commerce to extend the reach of their businesses? How can systems improve decision making and help companies benefit from artificial intelligence and knowledge management? How can we develop a solution to an information system problem that provides genuine business benefits? How can the firm adjust to the changes introduced by the new system solution? What alternative approaches are available for building system solutions?
A normal course of study to complete a MIBA program over two years requires:

Internship opportunities

Whether the student aspires to manage a leading company, have their own business, or work for a family-run business, AUS provides the tools to follow the desired career path.
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What students will earn

Expert industry knowledge from a global organization in air transport
The American University in Switzerland is proud to be recognized as an official IATA Authorized Training Center.

Offering a degree with a specialization in Aviation Management and specific IATA certified training courses enables students to gain expert industry knowledge from a global organization in air transport.
IATA Authorized Training Center

Studying Aviation Management, you could progress into careers including:

Freight and Cargo Management
Airline Management
Passenger Services
Airport Security Management
Aviation Support Services
Immigration and Customs

Student Housing

AUS has several full-furnished single and shared rooms, studios and apartments within a five-kilometer radius of the campus
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Next Intake:
September 2022