UMA Aviation Program Approved by NEASC; UMA Can Now Begin Accepting Students for this Fall.

AviationLogoUMA President Allyson Handley announced today that the university’s proposed Bachelor of Science in Aviation was approved this past weekend by UMA’s accrediting body, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

“With NEASC’s approval, our Aviation program now has the green light to officially proceed, and we can begin accepting students for this coming fall,” said President Handley.

“With a projected increase in demand for commercial airline pilots in this country and abroad, we are launching this program at precisely the right time,” she added.

Developed in partnership with Maine Instrument Flight (MIF), a well-respected flight school located at the Augusta Airport, the new Aviation program will equip students with four FAA certifications: private pilot, instrument rating, commercial pilot, and flight instructor.

“We could not have a better partner than Maine Instrument flight to offer Maine’s only program in which students can attain a Bachelor’s degree and become an FAA certified commercial pilot at the same time,” said President Handley. “And with UMA’s low public tuition rates, we can offer the program at a significantly lower cost than comparable programs nationally.”

An in-depth information session on the Aviation Program for interested students and their families will be held today, Thursday, April 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in Room 16 of UMA’s Katz Library. At the session, representatives from UMA and Maine Instrument Flight will be available to discuss the program, admissions requirements, and the application process.

Information is also available at or by contacting the UMA Office of Admissions at 1-877-UMA-1234 or