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Aerospace Administration and Operations

"Aviation is a vast and ever-changing industry. I know my education here at OSU-Tulsa will prepare me well." - Autumn Rider, OSU-Tulsa Aerospace Administration and Operations Student

The bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Administration and Operations (AADO) prepares graduates for careers in aerospace, aviation and related areas. OSU-Tulsa’s program was developed with aviation leaders and equips students with the professional skills, knowledge and ability to adapt to today’s dynamic aerospace industry.

Degree options available in Tulsa:

  • Aviation Management prepares students for management positions in the aerospace industry and is accredited by Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).
  • Technical Services Management builds on an individual’s technical experience in aircraft maintenance or avionics to prepare for management positions in all segments of the industry. Twenty-five hours of technical training may be credited toward this option if received from an accredited institution. Military-connected students should speak with an advisor to evaluate your military transcript for possible credit.

The innovative hybrid course model at OSU-Tulsa combines online and in-person instruction to make it easy for you to earn your degree and still work full time. Most classes meet only two times in person each semester, with the rest online.

OSU-Tulsa is downtown Tulsa's public comprehensive research university, offering junior- and senior-level classes with flexible schedules designed for working adults. OSU-Tulsa students are OSU students, which means your degree is an Oklahoma State University degree -- the same degree students in Stillwater receive. Students generally transfer to OSU-Tulsa with an associate's degree or at least 45 credit hours from another institution. The majority of our students take their first two years at Tulsa Community College or another local two- or four-year school, but students have transferred to OSU-Tulsa from colleges and universities across the country.

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Degree Requirements

  • 40 hours must be upper-division

A 2.5 overall and major GPA are required for graduation. At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU. Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; eight transfer correspondence hours.

Courses include:

*course availability varies by semester

  • Aviation Legal and Regulatory Issues
  • Aviation/Aerospace Security Issues
  • Aviation/Aerospace Finance
  • International Aerospace Issues
  • Aviation Marketing
  • Aerospace and Air Carrier Industry
  • Aviation Safety

Evening, hybrid and online courses make it easy for students to pursue a degree while working.

How Much Will it Cost?

OSU is one of the best values in the Big 12 and has lower tuition and fees than many Tulsa-area schools and online-only institutions. Students taking 15 credit hours (full time) will pay approximately $5,237.25 per semester in tuition and fees and an estimated $630 for books and supplies. (Estimates based on 2017-2018 tuition and fee charges. Books and supplies will vary based on classes taken each semester.) OSU-Tulsa offers financial aid, scholarships and tuition waivers, with several dedicated specifically to transfer students.

OSU Tuition and Fees Estimator

Possible options for Aerospace Administration and Operations majors include:

Contact the OSU-Tulsa Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to learn more.

"Class schedules are geared toward those who work in the industry already. It's very doable, even working 40 hours a week." - Harley Thomas, American Airlines Aircraft Mechanic for nearly 30 years

How long will it take?

Use this chart below to see how long it will take you to complete your bachelor’s degree at OSU-Tulsa if you transfer with 60 credit hours from your two-year institution. If you transfer with fewer than 60 credit hours, the number of semesters will increase accordingly.

Credit Hours/Semester Semesters (est.)
6 10
9 7
12 5
15 4

Career Paths

  • Transportation, Storage and Distribution Managers
  • Airfield Operations Specialists
  • First-Line Supervisors
  • Airline Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Freight and Cargo Management
  • Airfield Operator

Some of these careers may require extra training or education

Potential Employers

  • National, Regional and Private Carriers
  • Aircraft manufacturers
  • Government agencies
  • Military
  • Airports
  • Education
  • Air Freight Companies
  • Insurance companies

Salary Potential

In 2016, Aerospace Administration and Operations graduates reported an average salary of $63,227 per year, with high salary of $90,000 per year (

Graduate Study

Many Aerospace Administration and Operations majors continue their education by pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree or graduate certificate.
Related graduate programs available at OSU-Tulsa include:

* offered online

Academic Information


Mallory Casebolt, Ed.D., is assistant professor in the OSU School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Aviation at OSU-Tulsa.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma 74106

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