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School of Business

Aviation — Bachelor of Business Administration


Bachelor's degree

4 years

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Abbotsford campus




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 Aviation’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).

You get to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, private pilot’s license, commercial pilot’s license, and several ratings that enable you to fly multiple types of aircraft in varying conditions. Your pilot’s license is in accordance with ICAO standards, meaning you can fly domestically and internationally.

Throughout the program, you take a combination of flight training, aviation theory, and academic courses.

You complete your flight training at an external flight training provider. 

In your first year, you earn your private and commercial pilot’s licenses; in your third and fourth year, you fly multi-engine aircraft, master instrumentation, and specialize with either a Heavy Jet Transport or Professional Flight Instructor option.

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 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 2038, 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 266,000 new pilots. Europe will need 148,000 pilots, North America 212,000, Latin America 54,000, the Middle East 68,000, Africa 29,000, and Russia/Central Asia 27,000.

After graduation, you may fly planes for corporate travel or charter flights for one of Canada's 800 on-demand aviation service providers. Or you may work as a flight instructor, medevac pilot, airline courier, or travel tourism pilot.

Once you have flight hours under your belt, you may fly jumbo jets for major airlines, serve as a corporate jet captain, or become something more unique like an aerial fire ranger. You can also leverage your administrative skills to pursue a career as an airport



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 courses:

Upgrading options for math include completing two Introduction to College Math courses (MATH 094 and MATH 095) at a C+ grade or higher or, MATH 096. Please speak with a Qualifying Studies advisor to learn more about additional options.

Upgrading Communications courses:

A Composition Placement Test (CPT) score of 48 or better is required. To book a CPT examination, visit Assessment Services. Please speak with a Qualifying Studies advisor to learn more about additional options.


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