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School of Business

Aviation — Bachelor of Business Administration


Bachelor's degree

4 years

How to apply

Start date:
January, September 

Abbotsford campus



  • Co-op semester(s) provide paid career-related work experience (pilot positions not included)


Successful pilots and business people have a lot in common — they are skilled communicators, develop plans for success, assess conditions, and anticipate change. Take your passion for flight to new heights with UFV Bachelor of Business Administration (Aviation).

Throughout the program, you take a combination of flight training, aviation theory, and academic courses. The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) – Aviation program requires 34 academic courses and Transport Canada certifications and licenses to complete. 

You complete your flight training at an external flight training provider of your choice and you have the flexibility to switch flight schools if needed. You can complete Transport Canada Aviation certifications, licenses, and ratings prior to, during, or after completing academic course requirements.

Required Transport Canada licenses and ratings include Private Pilot’s license, Commercial Pilot’s license, Instrument Rating, and one of Multi-Engine or Flight Instructor Rating.

You also build an academic foundation through UFV courses in business and economics supplemented by courses in science, English, social science, and the humanities to prepare you to assume management responsibilities in the aerospace industry.

View program outline in the academic calendar

Additional opportunities:

Earn an honours degree through a combination of academic excellence and completing an additional 12 upper-level (numbered 300-400) business credits beyond the program requirements. Courses from other areas can be counted with special approval.

View honours program requirements in the academic calendar


According to Boeing's Pilot and Technician Outlook, between now and 2032, demand for pilots will grow, as airlines across the globe expand their fleets and older pilots retire. The largest growth in pilot demand is projected in the Asia Pacific region, with a need for 192,300 new pilots, 77,400 of them in China alone. Europe will need 99,700 pilots, North America 85,700, Latin America 48,600, the Middle East 40,000, Africa 16,500, and the Commonwealth of Independent States 15,200.

After graduation, you may fly planes for corporate travel or charter flights for one of Canada's 800 on-demand aviation service providers. Once you have flight hours under your belt, you may fly jets for major airlines or serve as a corporate jet captain. You can also leverage your administrative skills to pursue a career as an airport administrator or operations manager.



This program is open for international students


Apply to Qualifying Studies if you do not currently meet the BBA Aviation entry requirements in order to upgrade your qualifications for future admissions.

To meet the requirements of this program, you will need Physics 11 or equivalent with a minimum C+ grade. You will also need to meet the prerequisites for Calculus for Business (MATH 141) and Introduction to Workplace Communication (CMNS 125).

Upgrading Physics 11:

Take UFV Preparatory University Physics I (PHYS 083) as an equivalent course for Physics 11. Additional math prerequisite(s) are required. Please speak with a Qualifying Studies advisor to learn more about additional options.

Upgrading Math for program admission includes several options:

  • At UFV:
    • Academic MATH courses for upgrading: C+ or better or MATH 110, C or better in MATH 140
    • MSAT assessment through Assessment Services with a score of 17/25 or better on Part B and a score of 34/50 or better on Parts A and B combined.
    • UUP options C or better in MATH 092, C+ or better in MATH 096 or in both MATH 094 and 095. Complete an Accuplacer Assessment through UUP to confirm the UUP math upgrading option that will work best for you.
  • In your community:
    •  Continuing education centres where you live: B or better in Calculus 12 or C+ or better in one of Pre-calculus 12 or  Principles of Mathematics 12

Please speak with a Qualifying Studies advisor to learn more about your options.

Upgrading English Language Proficiency for admission 

Many options are available, please email if you have English Language Proficiency upgrading questions.


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