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Aerospace-Professional Pilot B.S.

Middle Tennessee State University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates


About this program

Aerospace-Professional Pilot B.S.

MTSU has a rich history of teaching students to fly, dating back to WWII when flight training took place right on campus. Today, graduates from the Professional Pilot program fly for every major US airline, at dozens of regional airlines, and for corporations and government agencies. To prepare for these opportunities, Pro Pilot students must complete flight operations coursework and achieve pilot certification up to and including the Commercial Multi-engine Certificate with an Instrument Rating. Students receive extensive experience in all aspects of the flight environment, culminating in a turbine aircraft transition course. Graduates must demonstrate proficiency in aircraft systems operation, determination of aircraft performance parameters, navigation, communication, and airport operations. MTSU trains in state-of-the-art aircraft with “glass” (computerized) flight decks and an innovative, scenario-based curriculum. This MTSU curriculum is FAA approved under 14 CFR Part 141, and allows students to be trained to proficiency instead of requiring minimum flight times. MTSU’s Professional Pilot curriculum has been recognized by the FAA so that graduates may receive credit up to 500 flight hours toward the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot certificate.

Admission requirements

Standardized tests

Official scores: ACT 22 or SAT 1020

English language proficiency

  • TOEFL iBT: 61
  • TOEFL paper-based: 500
  • IELTS 5.5
  • ITEP 3.6
  • Also accepted:
    • ELS Level 110 (completed)

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Scholarships available:

  • Grade 1:  $60,000 - full ride 
  • Grade 2: $45,000
  • Grade 3: $26,000
  • Grade 4 : $10,000

*All scholarships are based on a 3.0 GPA

  • Division: NCAA Division I-A (all sports) (8M/9W)
  • Conference: Conference USA
  • Nickname: Blue Raiders
  • Mascot: Lightning
  • Colours: Royal Blue (PMS 300) and White

Mission Statement

The Athletic Program promotes excellence in athletics and provides academic and athletic opportunities for every student-athlete, the university, and the community. Building on tradition, the program advances the university's regional and national stature and creates opportunities for innovative partnerships throughout the region. Middle Tennessee State University continually works to maximise human, financial and physical resources to create and heighten the quality of its sports programs.

Contact information:

  • Chris Massaro 
  • Director of Athletic Recruitment 

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Program content

  • Introduction to Aerospace
  • Theory of Flight
  • Aviation Laws and Regulations
  • Introduction to Aerospace Maintenance
  • Aerospace Maintenance Shop Practices
  • Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Aviation Weather
  • Airline Management
  • Freight Systems
  • Professional Pilot Flight Lab I
  • Navigation
  • Professional Pilot I
  • Airframe Inspection
  • Powerplant Inspection
  • Aircraft Welding
  • Non-Metallic Structures: Dope, Fabric, and Finishing
  • sUAS Remote Pilot Certification
  • Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Certification
  • Small Unmanned Aircraft Components
  • Cooperative Education
  • Aerospace Materials
  • Propulsion Fundamentals
  • Women in Aviation
  • Aviation Weather II
  • Aerospace in Our Lives
  • Airport Management
  • Aviation Contracts and Leases
  • Aviation Safety
  • Transportation Systems
  • Cross-Country Flight Lab
  • Professional Pilot Flight Lab II
  • Professional Pilot Flight Lab III
  • Conventional Landing Gear Airplane Laboratory
  • Advanced Conventional Landing Gear Flight Laboratory
  • Professional Pilot II
  • Professional Pilot III
  • High-Altitude Aircraft Operations Laboratory
  • High-Performance Aircraft Flight Laboratory
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Professional Pilot IV
  • Air Charter Flight Laboratory
  • Professional Pilot Flight Lab IV
  • Sheet Metal Repair
  • Aerospace Reciprocating Engine Overhaul
  • Advanced Aerospace Engine Systems Maintenance and Repair
  • Aircraft Finishing and Non-Destructive Inspection
  • Reciprocating Engine Maintenance Repair
  • Fundamentals of Aerodynamics
  • Instrument Operations in the National Airspace System
  • Introduction to Air Traffic Control
  • Introduction to Air Traffic Control Lab
  • Air Traffic Control: Tower Operations
  • Air Traffic Control: Tower Operations Lab
  • Unmanned Aircraft
  • Unmanned Aircraft Lab
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems Lab
  • Unmanned Remote Sensing
  • Unmanned Remote Sensing Lab
  • Aerial Videography
  • Cooperative Education
  • Aerospace Senior Capstone Lab
  • Aerospace Internship I
  • Aerospace Internship II
  • Problems in Aerospace
  • Airport Operations
  • Aerospace Physiology
  • Seminar in Airline Administration
  • Fixed Base Operations Management
  • Airport Capacity and Planning
  • Flight Instructor-Airplane Lab
  • Flight Instructor-Instrument Lab
  • Flight Instructor Fundamentals
  • Advanced Certified Flight Instructor Fundamentals
  • Professional Pilot V
  • Advanced Aerospace Vehicle Structural Repair
  • Aerospace Vehicle Systems
  • Aerospace Accessory Systems Maintenance and Repair
  • Turbine Engine System
  • Reciprocating Engine Troubleshooting
  • Maintenance Management Capstone
  • Turbine Engine Inspection and Troubleshooting
  • Advanced Aerospace Vehicle Systems Overhaul
  • Advanced Aerospace Accessory Systems Maintenance and Repair
  • Aerospace Turbine Engine Maintenance and Overhaul
  • Aircraft Performance
  • Aerospace Science for Teachers
  • Flight Dispatch and ATP Written Preparation
  • Air Traffic Control: TRACON Operations
  • Air Traffic Control: En-Route Operations
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Capstone
  • Unmanned Aircraft System Flight Lab-Multirotor
  • Unmanned Aircraft System Flight Lab-Vertical Takeoff and Landing
  • Honors Seminar in Aviation Psychology
  • Unmanned Aircraft System Flight Lab-Fixed-Wing
  • Aerial Cinematography
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Research and Applications
  • Agroecosystem Remote Sensing using UAS
  • Small Unmanned Aircraft System Instructor

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


International students:

  • Tuition: $27,742 US
  • Room and Board: $8,976 US
  • Total Fees: $36,718 US

Domestic students:

Please contact the school for more information about tuition fees.


An individual majoring in Aerospace can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in one of six possible concentrations: Aviation Management, Flight Dispatch, Maintenance Management, Professional Pilot, Technology, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations.

Continuing studies

MTSU’s Department of Aerospace offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Aeronautical Science.

Career paths

Employers the world over recognize MTSU's Professional Pilot program under the Aerospace major as an elite program that produces the highest caliber graduates. Examples of career options include

  • Air carrier pilot (regional or major)
  • Air freight/cargo pilot
  • Air taxi or charter pilot
  • Corporate pilot
  • Instructor pilot
  • Military pilot

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Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University is a public university in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Founded in 1911, the university consists of eight undergraduate colleges as well as a college of graduate studies, together offering more than 80 majors/degree programs through more than 35...

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Why study at Middle Tennessee State University

MTSU is recognized for broad, high-quality academic programs, affordable costs and competitive prices, an outstanding teaching faculty, modern infrastructure with new residence halls, academic classrooms, sports facilities, and state of the art facilities, and a welcoming, friendly campus where diversity is appreciated and all students will be valued and respected.

Contact info

Middle Tennessee State University

MTSU Box 120 Peck Hall 208
1301 East Main Street
37132 Murfreesboro Tennessee
United States of America

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