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Business Diploma (Aviation)

Business Administration (Aviation) diploma



Two years

How to apply

Start date:
January, May, September 

Abbotsford campus



  • Co-op semester(s) provide paid career-related work experience (pilot positions not included)
  • Program eligible for financial aid


UFV’s Business Administration (Aviation) diploma is designed to add core business skills to your advanced aviation training, preparing you for a promising career in the aviation industry.

Your diploma will include UFV courses as well as your pilot training. At UFV, you'll complete a series of courses in key business areas such as accounting, economics, communication, and marketing, totalling 30-33 credits.

The flight component of your program will take place at a flight school of your choice. After you complete your training, Transport Canada will assess you and award you Aviation licenses and ratings that allow you to fly a variety of aircraft in varying conditions. With these certifications complete, you'll receive academic credit toward your UFV business diploma. You can complete your certifications either before, during, or after your business courses, and you have the freedom to switch flight schools if needed.

As of September 2024: in recognition of the rigour of your pilot training, UFV awards you 30 academic credits toward your diploma when you earn your Private or Commercial Pilot License.

View program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar.

Additional opportunities

Aviation diploma students can build on-the-job skills by participating in the Co-operative education option. Combine study semesters with four- eight, or twelve-month paid work terms, offered in regional, national, and global firms. Positions are available in business settings (not pilot roles). These opportunities provide you with valuable experience and boost your career prospects.


According to Boeing's Pilot and Technician Outlook, between now and 2042 demand for pilots will grow, as airlines across the globe continue to recover from the pandemic and a generation of older pilots retire.

Boeing projects that 649,000 pilot opportunities will open up across the globe by 2042: 143,000 of those in Eurasia, 134,000 in China, and 127,000 in North America.



This program is open for international students


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

Upgrading Math courses

Upgrading options for math include completing one of the following:

  • C+ or better in pre-calculus 11
  • C or better in Principles of Mathematics 11, or Pre-calculus 12, OR MATH 085
  • Principles of Mathematics 12, MATH 092, or MATH 096
  • a score of 17/25 or better on Part A of the MSAT

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

Upgrading English Language Proficiency for admission 

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