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Bachelor of Aviation Management


From the ground to the sky – and back again

If you are passionate about aviation and are interested in the broader picture of the aviation industry, this is the degree for you.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Manawatū
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 360
  • Duration

  • 3 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning
  • Other

  • Available via the Singapore Aviation Academy.

The Bachelor of Aviation Management (BAvMan) is a dedicated aviation qualification which will introduce you to various aspects of the aviation industry. If you have a passion for aviation, you enjoy working with other people and are interested in working towards a management role in a global business, then this degree is for you.

You will gain an understanding of the human factors in aviation, airline strategic management and airport operational management.

This degree is suitable if you are wanting to enter the aviation industry. If you already work in the industry, the qualification also provides a route to enhance your skills and knowledge to add further value to your career portfolio.

Turn your passion into a career

Massey University is the only place in New Zealand where you can turn your passion for aviation into a university qualification, while gaining a broad knowledge of the global aviation industry. Classes are based at both the Turitea site and at Massey’s internationally-recognised flight training facility where Bachelor of Aviation Management students mingle with Bachelor of Aviation students.

Massey’s BAvMan graduates can be found in all of New Zealand’s major airports, as well as in the aviation support sector, in aviation regulatory bodies and working in airlines around the world.

Students in Singapore

Courses for this qualification are offered by distance learning in Singapore through the Singapore Aviation Academy in conjunction with Massey University.

Careers and further study


Careers in the aviation industry are highly-competitive. The unique composition of our aviation management degree will give you a point of difference – an in-depth understanding of the aviation industry. You will emerge with an internationally recognised qualification that gives you the skills that employers seek.

A Bachelor of Aviation Management will give you career opportunities in aviation-related industries. Potential employers include:

  • SITA – the world’s leading specialist in air transport communications and information technology
  • AirBiz – an international aviation consultancy
  • Swissport- a Fixed Base Operator specialising in ground services and cargo handling
  • Tasman Cargo – provider of airfreight,cargo, and charter services between Nz,Australia and the South West Pacific.
  • Menzies Aviation – a logistics specialist serving the airline industry
  • Airways New Zealand
  • MPI- Biosecurity
  • Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
  • Airlines and airports

Careers include:

  • airfield officer
  • terminal duty manager
  • retail and terminal operations management
  • compliance
  • air accident investigation
  • customer service
  • sales and marketing.

Further study

If you successfully complete this programme, you could progress to a Master of Aviation.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

360 credits

  • Compulsory courses – 150 credits
  • Courses from Schedule B – 120 credits
  • Electives – 90 credits

Ensure that overall, you have:

  • No more than 135 credits at 100 level (including no more then 75 credits of 100‑level electives)
  • At least 75 credits at 300 level overall (including at least 15 credits of 300‑level electives, if required)

Courses for this programme

Schedule A: Compulsory courses

150 credits
190109 Aviation Studies 15
190115 Introduction to Aeronautics 15
190116 Introduction to Management in Aviation 15
190117 Introduction to Human Factors 15
190216 Aviation Human Factors 15
190220 Managing Airline Systems 15
190224 Environmental Impacts of Aviation 15
190225 Introduction to Research Methods in Aviation 15
190327 Managing Cultures in Aviation 15
190340 Contemporary Issues in Aviation Security 15

Schedule B: Aviation Management courses

120 credits
190210 Aviation Safety Management 15
190211 Aviation Strategic Management 15
190222 Basic Air Safety Investigation 15
190240 Air Power 15
190249 Aircraft Maintenance Management 30
190299 Aviation Special Topic 15
190302 Check and Training for Airlines 15
190306 Airline Strategic Management 15
190307 Airport Planning 15
190308 Airport Operational Management 15
190309 Design of Airways and Air Traffic Systems 15
190313 Advanced Aviation Human Factors 15
190314 Legal Issues in Aviation 15
190317 Evaluation Methods in Aviation 15
190318 Air Transport Economics 15
190320 Heavy Aeroplane Performance II 15
190321 Air Accident and Incident Investigation 15
190328 Aviation Management Practicum 15
190398 Aviation Internship Project 15
190399 Aviation Special Topic 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, in your first year, you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.

If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school. Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • are fascinated by airports, airlines and ‘all things aviation’
  • are attracted to working in a global industry with international opportunities
  • want an exciting and challenging role where every day is different.

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Accreditations and rankings

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Massey Business School is rated in the top 5% of global business colleges by AACSB International.

QS Ranking - Business and Management

Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 300 universities for business and management.

SAA-Massey partnership

Massey University School of Aviation offers the Bachelor of Aviation Management and Master of Aviation via distance learning to international students enrolled via the Massey-Singapore Aviation Academy partnership.

ShanghaiRanking – business and finance

Massey University is ranked #1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities globally for business administration and finance by ShanghaiRanking.

Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships