AviationLogoThe University of Maine System Board of Trustees approved today the September 2013 launch of a new UMA Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation.   

“For the first time in Maine, students can attain their Bachelor’s degree and become an FAA certified commercial pilot under one program,” says UMA Provost Joseph Szakas. “With an increasing demand for commercial airline pilots in this country and abroad, the timing is perfect to set this program in flight.”

 Developed in partnership with Maine Instrument Flight (MIF), a flight school located right in Augusta, UMA’s B.S. in Aviation program will equip students with four FAA certifications: private pilot, instrument rating, commercial pilot, and flight instructor.

“We couldn’t have hoped for a better partner than MIF,” adds Szakas. “They have been training pilots since 1946, and are the only FAA certified Part 141 flight school in the state of Maine to have all of their courses approved by the FAA.”

Because of UMA’s low public tuition rates, the new B.S. in Aviation is significantly less expensive than the cost of comparable programs nationally.  In addition, financial aid is available, and if the applicant has served in the armed forces, their Military Education Benefits may pay up to 100% of tuition and fees.

 UMA’s new program still requires the approval of its accrediting agency, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  NEASC will consider the program at its March meeting.

For more information about the new B.S. in Aviation Program please visit uma.edu/aviation or contact UMA Office of Admissions at 1-877-UMA-1234 or umaadm@maine.edu