Aviation is an interdisciplinary degree program combining professional flight training with in-depth studies in subjects relevant to the field of aviation in either Science or Commerce.
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 Moncton Flight College (MFC), one of the leading flight training establishments in North America.
At Mount Allison, aviation students have the option of doing a degree in Science or Commerce:
Bachelor of Science (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, mathematics, physics, and computer science.
Bachelor of Commerce ― Aviation in conjunction with Moncton Flight College
Our Bachelor of Commerce ― Aviation is designed for students who wish to combine their aviation training with business studies. As a Commerce student, you will 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.
In first year you will take introductory courses in your chosen degree, either Science or Commerce.
Flight training begins in second year*. You will continue to take three courses per term on campus and ground school training in second, third, and fourth year, while one-on-one instructor training and flying takes place at the MFC campus.
As an aviation student, you will:
- complete more than 200 hours of flying
- receive hundreds of hours of ground training
- learn about navigation, airplane instruments, aviation regulations, and weather
- 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.
Find a list of aviation requirements in the academic calendar — aviation.
*Students in aviation must obtain a Transport Canada Category 1 medical certificate before commencing flight training.
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
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."
“There are so many things that make this program enjoyable and awesome, but what I love the most about it is that I get to say I have one of the coolest classrooms ever: it’s thousands of feet in the air, and comes with a great view.”
David Shi ('15)
Aviation, minors in GIS and environmental science
“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!”
Eri Ohashi (’19)
Aviation, minor in religious studies
"I love that that our learning environment is very diverse in
comparison to other more traditional programs. We spend half of our time
in a classroom, but the other half is spent up in the air. The cockpit
of the airplane becomes our classroom and it is unlike any classroom
environment I have ever been in.”
Thomas Hebb ('13)
Aviation, minors in GIS and environmental science
“I love this program’s uniqueness. There is no other degree program
like it here at Mount Allison. Furthermore, the qualifications that I am
gaining from this degree program give me a leg up on those who have
decided to forego a university degree and focus solely on flight
training. I’ll be well prepared and well sought after once I enter the
industry and search for employment.”
Justin Dwyer ('13)
Aviation, minor in environmental science
You must obtain a Transport Canada Category 1 medical certificate before you begin your flight training. No flying experience is required.
In first year you take a full program of science or commerce courses at Mount Allison in Sackville. In subsequent years you will continue to take courses at Mount Allison, including ground school classes. Your flight training takes place at the Moncton Flight College campus in Dieppe. 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.
The Moncton Flight College campus is an easy 25-minute drive from Sackville. You are required to provide your own transportation between the two campuses.
In the first year of the program, the tuition fee is Mount Allison’s full-time undergraduate tuition fee. In years two to four, the tuition fee is a blend of Mount Allison and Moncton Flight College 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 information.
Awards in Aviation
Rob-Robichaud – Vantage Airport Group Aviation Scholarship
These scholarships are established in memory of Rob Robichaud who was the President and CEO of the Greater Moncton International Airport and a retired RCAF Lieutenant Colonel with 32 years’ service. One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a full-time international student in or entering the Bachelor of Science (Aviation) program who is in good academic standing. Preference is given to students from the Bahamas, Jamaica, or the Caribbean.
Another $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a full-time student from Westmorland County (eg: Moncton, Riverview, Dieppe) who is in or entering the Bachelor of Science (Aviation) program who is in good academic standing.
Ross A. Stanway Entrance Scholarship (Aviation Program)
Dr. Ross A. Stanway taught for many years in the Philosophy department at Mount Allison University. Dr. Stanway’s other passion was flying, and he spent decades helping to shape the vision and direction of the Moncton Flying Club (now Flight College). He was President of the MFC Board at the time of his death in 1999.
The Ross A. Stanway Entrance Scholarship is awarded to a student entering the Bachelor of Science (Aviation) program.
Dr. David Hornidge
Experimental subatomic physicist, principal investigator for CRC1044 of the German Science Foundation, member of the RSC's College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists