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Master of Aviation Management

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Join one of Australia's top science faculties
Gain a competitive edge in the aviation industry with the Master of Aviation Management. Led by one of Australia’s leading science faculties and the highest-ranked global university with a stand-alone aviation school, this program will equip you with contemporary industry knowledge and skills essential to propelling your career in aviation management.
Commencing Terms
Term 1, 2 & 3
Duration
2 Year(s)
Delivery Mode
Online
Campus
Kensington
Codes
Program code 8741
CRICOS code N/A
Entry Requirements
View all admission criteria
Fees
2024 Indicative first year full fee
$36,000*

Overview

Want to become a leader in the aviation industry? If you’re a professional with a university degree and relevant industry experience looking to advance your aviation career, this master’s program is for you.

Connect with a wide range of aviation professionals, enhance your understanding of key aviation issues and accelerate your career growth. In this flexible, online program, you’ll gain essential knowledge in science, engineering, interpersonal relations and the environment. To grow your specialised skill set, you’ll also explore law and regulations, safety and security, airline and airport management, technical operations and aviation economics.

You can complete the Master of Aviation Management in 2 years or less with full-time study. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to take on roles in various sectors of the aviation and transport industry, including airlines, airports and government agencies.

Key features

Research project

Bring together everything you’ve learned in a final research project. This will allow you to demonstrate your ability to take initiative and apply your knowledge to solve problems in the aviation industry.

Career opportunities

Take advantage of the growing demand for aviation professionals and launch your career in aviation management or enhance your current role with industry knowledge. We welcome students from non-aviation backgrounds, such as law or finance, who want to gain entry into the industry or work with aviation organisations. Personnel with technical skills, such as engineers and pilots, can enhance their knowledge of management and commercial issues. If you have a business background, this degree will help you understand airline strategy and technical issues, which impact aviation operations.

Flexible, online learning

Make your studies work for you. Customise your courses and study load to suit your schedule, with full-time and part-time options available. This program is delivered via distance using the university’s eLearning system. Each course has its own facilitator who will lead discussion groups and activities, and advise students on coursework and assignments.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

Join a top 20 global university*

UNSW is the highest-ranked global university with a stand-alone aviation school that offers aviation degrees, operates flight training under its own Air Operator’s Certificate and undertakes research. The School of Aviation has been a leading educator in the industry for over 25 years.

*QS World University Rankings, 2024

Learn from expert educators

Our industry facilitators bring a wealth of aviation experience, while our academic staff regularly engage with regulatory authorities, industry bodies and research collaborators. Our courses are written by experts with substantial industry experience. UNSW’s Aviation educators include past and current leaders at organisations like Qantas, Sydney Airport, Airservices Australia and CASA.

Industry-relevant knowledge and experience

This postgraduate program was designed alongside industry experts to prepare graduates for future leadership positions in the aviation sector. You’ll learn critical thinking and decision-making skills in topics including airline marketing, aviation safety and security and flight operations, and have the chance to gain first-hand work experience through industry-based scholarships and internships on offer.

 

Program Code
8741
CRICOS Code
N/A
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
96
Indicative Enrolments
116

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Entry requirements

For entry into this program, you must have a three-year undergraduate bachelor’s degree. There are four different entry groups – the group you belong to will depend on the discipline of your undergraduate degree and years of industry experience (if applicable). If you have more than half a year of relevant professional experience you may be eligible for advanced standing into the program which will shorten the duration of your studies

Entry group one
This group may be eligible for 48 units of credit of advanced standing. This group includes any of the following:

  • Bachelor of Aviation (Honours) with no industry experience
  • Bachelor of Aviation with minimum two years' industry experience
  • bachelor’s degree in cognate area with minimum two years' industry experience
  • bachelor’s degree in non-cognate area with minimum five years' industry experience

Entry group two
This group may be eligible for 36 units of credit of advanced standing. This group includes any of the following:

  • Bachelor of Aviation with minimum 0.5 years industry experience
  • bachelor’s degree in cognate area with minimum 0.5 years industry experience
  • bachelor’s degree in non-cognate area with minimum two years' industry experience

Entry group three
This group may be eligible for 24 units of credit of advanced standing. This group includes any of the following:

  • bachelor’s degree in non-cognate area with minimum 0.5 years industry experience

Entry group four
This group is not eligible for any advanced standing. This group includes:

  • bachelor’s degree in non-cognate area with no industry experience
Group Degree Industry Experience Standing (UoC) Required to complete at UNSW Required to graduate MAvMgmt
1 Bachelor of Aviation (Honours) N/A 48 48 96
Bachelor of Aviation Minimum 2 years
Bachelor's degree in cognate area Minimum 2 years
Bachelor's degree in non-cognate area Minimum 5 years
2 Bachelor of Aviation Minimum 0.5 years 36 60 96
Bachelor's degree in cognate area Minimum 0.5 years
Bachelor's degree in non-cognate area Minimum 2 years
3 Bachelor's degree in non-cognate area Minimum 0.5 years      
Bachelor of Aviation 0      
Bachelor's degree in cognate area 0 24 72 96
4 Bachelor's degree in non-cognate area 0 0 96 96

 

Cognate degrees
Any degrees from any of the following disciplines:

  • aviation
  • science
  • engineering
  • psychology
  • management
  • economics
  • commerce

Examples of industry experience
Your industry experience could be (but not limited to) any of the following:

  • advanced flying training (e.g. any holder of command instrument rating, commercial pilot licence or air transport pilot licence)
  • air traffic controller
  • airport operations specialist
  • airport compliance personnel
  • airport/aviation consultant
  • aviation legal practitioner
  • airline captain, first officer, second officer or line pilot
  • business strategy analyst
  • defence force personnel
  • flying instructor
  • flight attendant
  • flight scheduler
  • human factors analyst
  • licensed aircraft maintenance engineer
  • aircraft technician
  • managerial role
  • marketing and sales personnel
  • network planner
  • police and fire fighters
  • research analyst
  • revenue analyst
  • flight dispatcher and load controller
  • flight safety operations
  • risk management personnel.

 

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

For entry into this program, you must have a three-year undergraduate bachelor’s degree. There are four different entry groups – the group you belong to will depend on the discipline of your undergraduate degree and years of industry experience (if applicable). If you have more than half a year of relevant professional experience you may be eligible for advanced standing into the program which will shorten the duration of your studies

Entry group one
This group may be eligible for 48 units of credit of advanced standing. This group includes any of the following:

  • Bachelor of Aviation (Honours) with no industry experience
  • Bachelor of Aviation with minimum two years' industry experience
  • bachelor’s degree in cognate area with minimum two years' industry experience
  • bachelor’s degree in non-cognate area with minimum five years' industry experience

Entry group two
This group may be eligible for 36 units of credit of advanced standing. This group includes any of the following:

  • Bachelor of Aviation with minimum 0.5 years industry experience
  • bachelor’s degree in cognate area with minimum 0.5 years industry experience
  • bachelor’s degree in non-cognate area with minimum two years' industry experience

Entry group three
This group may be eligible for 24 units of credit of advanced standing. This group includes any of the following:

  • bachelor’s degree in non-cognate area with minimum 0.5 years industry experience

Entry group four
This group is not eligible for any advanced standing. This group includes:

  • bachelor’s degree in non-cognate area with no industry experience
Group Degree Industry experience Standing (UoC) Required to complete at UNSW Required to graduate MAvMgmt
1 Bachelor of Aviation (Honours) N/A 48 48 96
Bachelor of Aviation Minimum 2 years
Bachelor's degree in cognate area Minimum 2 years
Bachelor's degree in non-cognate area Minimum 5 years
2 Bachelor of Aviation Minimum 0.5 years 36 60 96
Bachelor's degree in cognate area Minimum 0.5 years
Bachelor's degree in non-cognate area Minimum 2 years
3 Bachelor's degree in non-cognate area Minimum 0.5 years      
Bachelor of Aviation 0      
Bachelor's degree in cognate area 0 24 72 96
4 Bachelor's degree in non-cognate area 0 0 96 96

 

Cognate degrees
Any degrees from any of the following disciplines:

  • aviation
  • science
  • engineering
  • psychology
  • management
  • economics
  • commerce

Examples of industry experience
Your industry experience could be (but not limited to) any of the following:

  • advanced flying training (e.g. any holder of command instrument rating, commercial pilot licence or air transport pilot licence)
  • air traffic controller
  • airport operations specialist
  • airport compliance personnel
  • airport/aviation consultant
  • aviation legal practitioner
  • airline captain, first officer, second officer or line pilot
  • business strategy analyst
  • defence force personnel
  • flying instructor
  • flight attendant
  • flight scheduler
  • human factors analyst
  • licensed aircraft maintenance engineer
  • aircraft technician
  • managerial role
  • marketing and sales personnel
  • network planner
  • police and fire fighters
  • research analyst
  • revenue analyst
  • flight dispatcher and load controller
  • flight safety operations
  • risk management personnel.

 

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

The Master of Aviation Management is made up of 16 courses taken over 2 years of full-time study. This includes a compulsory research project taken in your final term under the guidance of a supervisor on an aviation topic of your choice. 

You may choose courses in any order that suits your interests and may study part-time or full-time in any term depending on your other commitments.

Full program structre

This program contains a total of 96 units of credit (UOC) and can be completed in 2 years with full-time study or 4 years with part-time study. 

Future careers

Australia has one of the most highly developed aviation industries in the world. It’s home to some of the best global airlines and has significant hubs for airlines based in Asia, the Americas and Europe. 

Our aviation management graduates are hired by airlines and related organisations such as airports, government agencies, tourism authorities, freight forwarders and airport ground handling companies. If you look even more widely you can also join consulting firms, IT firms and air safety authorities.

UNSW School of Aviation produces the highest calibre graduates who go on to take up roles at leading organisations, such as Qantas, Airservices Australia, the Defence Forces, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Cathay Pacific and Emirates, to name a few.

Jobs in aviation management

Aviation professionals can explore roles in:

  • airline marketing

  • flight operations management

  • aviation economics

  • aviation law and regulations

  • aviation safety

  • aviation security

  • corporate planning

  • fleet planning

  • schedule planning

  • flight operations

  • air traffic management

  • aircraft engineering

  • airport management

Our alumni

“Being a pilot, there is so much more that I can offer than flying a plane. There are opportunities within my company to be a ground school or human factors instructor, or work on other meaningful projects. The master’s degree really opens these doors for me to work in other areas of the industry or in other industries such as transport, especially in a scenario where if I couldn’t fly. My master’s degree has made me a more competitive candidate, knowing that I can also work in the administration side of aviation. It has also given me opportunities to be involved in pilot recruitment.”

Rosina Helbig

First Officer, Jetstar

“The range of subjects available in the master’s program gave me the opportunity to specialise in certain topics, while gaining more general knowledge in other aviation disciplines. Aviation is such a varied field; the master’s was able to give me a good grounding in so many areas of the industry. My degree with UNSW Aviation has been invaluable to my career, in providing me with both credibility and knowledge. “

Graham Stevenson

Head of Midfield Terminal Program, Etihad Airways

How to apply

1. Submit an online application. Applications close on: 15th January for Term 1, 15th April for Term 2 and 31st July for Term 3.

2. Please indicate on application if you are seeking credit/advanced standing based on previous degree and/or work experience.

3. Applicants are to submit the following supporting documents online for assessment of entry:

  • CV 
  • Evidence of relevant industry experience and years of service e.g. letters from workplace supervisors or HR department, licences and logbooks
  • Evidence of completion of UG degree e.g. original/certified testamur
  • Original/certified academic transcript
  • Any other supporting documentation requested by UNSW Admissions Office

Ready to start your application?

1. Submit an online application. Applications close on: 15th January for Term 1, 15th April for Term 2 and 31st July for Term 3.

2. Please indicate on application if you are seeking credit/advanced standing based on previous degree and/or work experience.

3. Applicants are to submit the following supporting documents online for assessment of entry:

  • CV 
  • Evidence of relevant industry experience and years of service e.g. letters from workplace supervisors or HR department, licences and logbooks
  • Evidence of completion of UG degree e.g. original/certified testamur
  • Original/certified academic transcript
  • Any other supporting documentation requested by UNSW Admissions Office

Ready to start your application?

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$36,000*
2024 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree
$74,000*

*Fees are subject to annual review (or when required) by the University and may vary accordingly.

Indicative fees are a guide only and have been calculated based on the typical enrolment patterns of students undertaking the program. The indicative fees listed here is an estimate for tuition only and excludes non-tuition fees and charges. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year of enrolment, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (48 units of credit (UOC) per year).

You should not rely on indicative fees as fee increases are assessed when required and may exceed the indicative figures listed here. Actual fees are calculated on enrolment. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

2024 Indicative First Year Fee
$45,500*
2024 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$95,500*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


  • Top 20
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2024.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

This degree opened doors for me to work in other areas of the industry.
Rosina Helbig

Rosina Helbig

First Officer, Jetstar

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