Aviation Management

The American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland (AUS) is committed to offer a distinctive specialization in Aviation Management as part of its MIBA program to prepare future managers for the aviation industry, as an official IATA authorized training center.
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Overview

The Master of International Business Administration (MIBA) program at the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland ensures that our students are fully prepared to lead and manage in today’s competitive and changing global marketplace. We focus on integrating traditional business knowledge with practical decision-making, problem-solving, creativity, and strategic thinking while engaging in real-world projects. We create a practical learning and research environment that emphasizes collaboration and active engagement with industry leaders.

The curriculum links cutting-edge business theory to practical research and applications as students are guided to solve real-world challenges. This environment emphasizes collaboration and team building alongside healthy competition. At AUS, top-tier internationally diverse classmates come together, share professional experiences, and form synergistic groups where mutual commitment and joint accountability lead to highly effective teams.
Each course integrates at least two experiential learning activities such as:
  • Simulations
  • Presentations – individual and/or group
  • Case studies
  • Projects – individual and/or group.
Beyond the depth and breadth of knowledge gained in the classroom, the life-long connections developed while attending AUS will be of immeasurable value. To this end, we require and actively support internship placement, on-site company visits, and executive mentoring. With our vast network of contacts at nearby, world-renowned corporate headquarters, students are sure to find opportunities tailored to meet their specific needs. Whether the student’s aspiration is 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.

AUS graduate students are expected to produce quality and practical business research summarized in their Master's Capstone submission. AUS awards prizes to the best Thesis.

Why AUS?

Campus
The inspiring, modern campus of the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland features all you could need, from state-of-the-art learning spaces to cozy corners, an on-site Starbucks coffee machine, and dedicated sports facilities.
Multiple Specializations Options
You can study an undergraduate or graduate degree in business or specialize, and also choose to engage in the Dual Degree Program in conjunction with Tiffin University in the United States.
Multiple Intakes per Year
We have three admission intakes per year: fall, winter, and spring.
Learn more about Admission and Application Deadlines

International Recognition

AUS is chartered under Swiss law and recognized by the Department of Education in the Canton of Vaud as an Institute of Higher Education.
Learn more about Accreditation and Ranking
Soft Skill Development
As an accredited institution with the IBM Academic Initiative, AUS has a first-hand view of the latest technologies and business trends across several industries. As an Apple Authorized Training Center for Education, students learn how to code, create and build apps.
Personalized Learning
With a class size of 15 to 20 students and a faculty-student ratio is roughly 1-7, facilitating a deeper working relationship between students and professors coupled with feedback and coaching.
Support Services
AUS provides various support services to students such as: Career Support, Dedicated support, Learning Support. All students will meet with the Academic Coordinator each academic term.
Great Student Life
With our campus located amongst the Swiss Riviera's beautiful scenery, we organize trips to explore the rich cultural heritage and beautiful architecture. Offering plenty of nearby attractions, destinations, and ski resorts or visit local festivals.
Cultural Diversity
At AUS students from over 45 nationalities from 6 continents come together to learn and share experiences, cultural perspectives, and varied work experiences with students from all over the world.
Student Housing
AUS has several fully furnished single and shared rooms within a five-kilometer radius of the university campus.
Learn more about student housing

Program Structure

The program is based on the AUS MIBA curriculum combined with several courses in Aviation and Airport Management along with Safety, Security, and Legal issues. The curriculum links cutting-edge business theory to practical research and applications as students are guided to solve real-world challenges in the aviation industry.

Students can earn at least three (3) IATA certificates by completing IATA courses based on their interest and from a list of courses provided by the Academic department.
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, hangers, 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.
Duration:
2 years
Entry Dates:
September / January / April
Study Mode:
Full-time
Credits:
90 CH | 120 ECTS
Program Structure
At the beginning of their MIBA program, the Aviation Management students will take the core and elective MIBA courses with the other AUS students. A standard course of study to complete a MIBA program over two years requires the completion of fifteen core courses, five AUS elective courses, six IATA specialization courses, and three IATA elective courses.

Students have the flexibility to select the three IATA elective courses from a list of IATA courses. The student might seek to register for additional IATA course(s) which is based on specific interest, but an extra fee will apply.

In addition, nine credit hours are required for Capstone work which starts during the last academic term and can be completed up to six months after graduation. The MIBA Capstone work can be either a thesis in the form of a research proposal, where the validity of one or more hypotheses is investigated, or in the form of a business plan.
Courses
#
CH
ECTS
AUS Core
15
45
60
AUS Elective
5
15
20
IATA Specialization
6
18
24
IATA Elective (eLearning)
3
3
4
Capstone: Thesis or Business Plan
9
12
Courses
#
CH
ECTS
AUS Core
AUS Elective
IATA Specialization
15
45
60
5
15
20
6
18
24
IATA Elective (eLearning)
Capstone: Thesis or Business Plan
3
9
4
12
3
The conferring of a MIBA degree from AUS follows only after completing all the following requirements:
  • Academic credit requirements - a minimum of 90 CH | 120 ECTS.
  • Academic performance requirements - a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Capstone: Thesis in the form of a research proposal, where the validity of one or more hypotheses is investigated, or in the form of a business plan.
  • Attendance and residency requirements.

MIBA students have other credit-earning opportunities, when available, through internships and by working with professors on research initiatives and program activities surrounding their specialization.

Course Examples

Airline Marketing

During the last decade, the landscape of airline marketing has gone through significant transformation. New developments in technology have allowed airlines to develop an unprecedented level of engagement with their customers. These changes have an impact not only on the communication channels that marketers employ but on the role of marketing within airlines. Therefore, in this course, we explain marketing through several key aspects.

First is the role of marketing in creating a customer oriented organizational culture. The second aspect emphasized in this course is the forces and events that have shaped the airline industry as it is today. The third aspect that is accentuated in this course is the impact on technology on distribution and communication channels. The bulk of the course, however, describes in details the set of activities employed by marketers to help the airline reach its goals. We use case studies approach. The next major set of activities in this course is called the marketing mix. At the end, you will be able to manage a marketing plan.

Airline Competition Law

It has become increasingly important for aviation professionals to be aware of competition law regulation when doing business and be compliant with antitrust/competition laws given the growing trend towards international convergence of competition laws and enforcement at a global level.

This eLearning course will provide you with an overview of the core principles of antitrust/competition rules applicable to the airline industry in most countries, and outline the steps to identify and avoid the risks of infringing competition laws. You will learn competition principles and by practicing different scenarios and exercises, you will develop skills that will help you act in compliance with antitrust law rules.

Aviation Law Fundamentals

This course provides an overview on aviation law by explaining why there is a need of having it and which are the main documents on which this was built. You will explore the nine freedoms of air, Warsaw System and Chicago Convention. You will be able to distinguish between safety, security, measures to tackle each one and also expand your knowledge on liability in international law.
Basic Airside Safety
An interactive, flexible, and effective way of learning about the airport environment, airside safety, rules, aircraft danger zones, fire prevention and in the event of an incident, know the procedures to follow in fire action and how to administer first aid. Ideal for individuals or Organizations with a high number of trainees who need to meet the requirements to get airside access.
CORSIA Fundamentals
Now more than ever the aviation industry is committed to reducing and finding solutions to mitigate high CO2 emissions. The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is one of the actions taken by the aviation industry to address climate change. It is important to know exactly what CORSIA is, what it is intended to achieve and how it works in a basic sense. You will learn more about the different industry initiatives to tackle climate change and how CORSIA fits in with these initiatives. You’ll also learn about the main elements of CORSIA and the roles and responsibilities of the parties involved.

Program Learning Outcomes

1
The successful MIBA participant will be able to analyze and evaluate (beyond the level of understanding) the performance of a business in the functional areas of general management (accounting, economics, finance, and marketing).
2
The successful MIBA participant will be able to analyze and evaluate decision alternatives using theories, tools, and techniques (such as a cash flow statement, market segmentation, and sustainable competitive advantage) applied to the internal and external analysis of a business or industry situation and are able to support and defend their recommendations.
3
The successful MIBA participant will be able to create and present advanced oral and written business presentations (such as a research proposal or a business plan) in a supported and scholarly fashion.
4
The successful MIBA participant will set an example to other students by conducting their affairs in a businesslike manner (such as respect for their appearance, timeliness, and preparation) and possess the ability to work cooperatively in mixed teams on diverse projects towards a common goal.
5
The successful MIBA participant will be able to develop life-long learning skills that will support them to continue their studies in a self-directed and autonomous manner.
The successful MIBA participant will be able to analyze and evaluate (beyond the level of understanding) the performance of a business in the functional areas of general management (accounting, economics, finance, and marketing).
The successful MIBA participant will be able to analyze and evaluate decision alternatives using theories, tools, and techniques (such as a cash flow statement, market segmentation, and sustainable competitive advantage) applied to the internal and external analysis of a business or industry situation and are able to support and defend their recommendations.
The successful MIBA participant will be able to create and present advanced oral and written business presentations (such as a research proposal or a business plan) in a supported and scholarly fashion.
The successful MIBA participant will set an example to other students by conducting their affairs in a businesslike manner (such as respect for their appearance, timeliness, and preparation) and possess the ability to work cooperatively in mixed teams on diverse projects towards a common goal.
The successful MIBA participant will be able to develop life-long learning skills that will support them to continue their studies in a self-directed and autonomous manner.

Career

The Aviation Management Specialization not only provides pertinent knowledge of the aviation industry, but it also 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.

A specialization in Aviation Management allows you to progress into the following careers:

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

Tuition & Fees

MIBA in Aviation Management
CHF 22’000.- per year
2-Year Master’s Degree Program
Admission Fee = CHF 3’500.-
(Payment upon acceptance)
flexible payment options available
Application Fee = Free of charge
MIBA in Aviation Management
CHF 22’000
2-Year Program
Admission Fee = CHF 3’500.-
(Payment upon acceptance)
flexible payment options available
per year
Application Fee = Free of charge
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