Aviation | Mount Allison


Aviation is an interdisciplinary degree program combining professional flight training with studies in subjects relevant to the field of aviation in either science or business studies.


Aviation is an interdisciplinary degree program combining professional flight training with studies in subjects relevant to the field of aviation in either science or business.

The Aviation program at Mount Allison is one of only a few in Canada that allows you to earn an undergraduate degree that incorporates flight and ground school training.

Aviation is offered through a partnership with MFC Training, one of the leading flight training establishments in North America.

At a Glance

Degree options
Bachelor of Science (BSc), major
Bachelor of Commerce (BComm)


Before you can start your flight training, you must complete your first year at Mount Allison.

In first year you'll take introductory courses in your chosen degree, either Science or Commerce.

Then to begin your flight training you must:

  • have second-year standing (have earned a minimum of 24 credits)
  • obtain a Transport Canada Category 1 medical certificate
  • pass a formal English language proficiency test mandated by Transport Canada, and administered by MFC Training

You'll continue to take three courses per term on campus and ground school training, while one-on-one instructor training and flying takes place at the MFC Training campus.

As an Aviation student, you'll:

  • complete more than 200 hours of flying
  • receive hundreds of hours of ground training
  • learn about navigation, airplane instruments, aviation regulations, and weather


Degree options

At Mount Allison, Aviation students have the option of doing a degree in Science or Commerce, depending on your interests.

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Aviation

Our Bachelor of Science (Aviation) allows you to combine your flight training with in-depth studies in subjects related to the field of aviation in the Faculty of Science ― such as geography, environmental science, mathematics, physics, and computer science.

A BSc degree (120 credits):

  • Science courses (42 credits)
  • Electives and distribution requirements (42 credits)
  • Flight training requirements (36 credits)
Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) in Aviation

Our Bachelor of Commerce ― Aviation in conjunction with MFC Training is designed for students who wish to combine their aviation training with business studies.

As a Commerce student, you'll study a variety of business areas such as accounting, finance, marketing, and management ― giving you a strong foundation in the key disciplines of management education.

For a BComm degree (120 credits):

  • Commerce core requirements and Commerce electives (66 credits)
  • Complementary courses in arts and letters, and humanities (18 credits)
  • Flight training requirements (36 credits)

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?

    One-on-one instructor training and flying takes place at the MFC Training campus — an easy 25-minute drive from our Mount Allison campus in Sackville.


    Your degree from Mount Allison will stand out.

    Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

    In addition to your bachelor's degree, Aviation students graduate with:

    • a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
    • a multi-engine class rating
    • a Group 1 instrument rating

    You may also qualify to write the Airline Transport Pilot Licence exam.

    Popular career paths for Aviation graduates include:

    • airline/corporate/charter/cargo pilot
    • military/search-and-rescue pilot
    • aerial firefighting pilot
    • traffic/news pilot
    • flight instructor
    • agricultural operations/wildlife services pilot
    • aerial photographer
    • safety inspector
    • air traffic controller
    • airport manager

    Alumni Spotlight

    Conor Anson-Cartwright ('13)
    Bachelor of Science, Aviation
    Fighter Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force

    "For those aspiring to become a pilot as a career, it is the best option. Having a science degree also keeps my doors wide open for potential future endeavours."


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    This program is very unique and allows students to have many amazing opportunities. I received my commercial pilot’s license while pursuing studies in biochemistry at the same time. I had the opportunity to compete in the Webster Trophy competition for amateur pilots as well as I received a grant to research Pilot Behaviour in Flight Training Unit. This degree has opened many doors that span the aviation and the scientific fields.

    Aviation, minors in Biochemistry and Environmental Science
    Moncton, NB
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    The small and warm environment was a perfect fit for me. This is a great place to build strong networks as we move into the professional aviation industry. If you have a strong passion to be a pilot and enjoy a flexible schedule, this program is for you!

    Aviation, minor in Religious Studies
    Tokyo, Japan


    Flight training schedule

    In first year you take a full program of Science or Commerce courses at Mount Allison in Sackville.

    In subsequent years you'll continue to take courses at Mount Allison, including ground school classes. Your flight training takes place at the MFC Training campus in Dieppe, an easy 25-minute drive from Sackville.

    You're required to provide your own transportation between the two campuses.

    The program may require training time outside the regular September to April academic year. You may wish to speak with the program advisor to discuss the time commitment required for this program.

    Tuition fees for Aviation students

    In the first year of the program, the tuition fee is Mount Allison’s full-time undergraduate tuition fee only.

    In years two to four, the tuition fee is a blend of Mount Allison and MFC Training tuition, which covers all ground school and flight training, in addition to the courses you will take at Mount Allison.

    Visit tuition & fees for more detailed information.

    Discovery flights and tours

    Want to find out more? Book a Discovery Flight and Tour (pdf), offering a 30-minute flight over the City of Moncton. You will also meet flight instructors, tour the MFC Training facilities, and get answers to your questions about studying Aviation.


    Bachelor of Science
    Bachelor of Commerce

    Admission Requirements

    Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menu below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Commerce.

    Academic Awards


    Mount A is #1 in scholarships and bursaries

    Maclean’s ranks Mount Allison first in scholarships and bursaries, and second in the number of students who have won national academic awards. To date, 55 Mount Allison students have become Rhodes Scholars.

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