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Professional Pilot
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Dr. Samuel Pavel


The CWU Aviation Department wants people like you, with a passion for the combined art and science of aviation.


CWU's aviation program is the only fully accredited public university aviation program in the Pacific Northwest. Our students have access to the most up-to-date flight simulation equipment on the West Coast. CWU offers professional pilot major with flight officer and commercial pilot specializations.

Why this program?

Our students get jobs! The CWU Aviation Department has or is in the process of having direct-hire agreements with nearly a dozen airlines including Alaska/Horizon, Sky West, and Mesa Airlines.


Why choose CWU for a degree in aviation?

CWU offers the only program on the West Coast that trains aviation students using the Frasca CRJ-200 turbo-jet trainer.

CWU students network through prominent student organizations including the ALPA ACE Club, Alpha Eta Rho, and Women in Aviation International.

Aviation students can choose to live in the Aviation Living Learning Community in Wendell Hill Hall, which gives them an opportunity to develop relationships with aviation faculty outside of the classroom setting.

Connect with Aviation at CWU

Choose CWU Aviation for the experience of a lifetime. Demand is high. Analysts at Boeing estimate that more 500,000 commercial airline pilots will be needed over the next 20 years—roughly 28,000 new pilots each year. CWU aviation graduates often have job offers prior to attaining a degree. CWU's aviation program helps you plan ahead and understand which opportunities will help you attain your ultimate goal, whether it's as a pilot or on the ground. 


Central Washington University has a lot to offer students interested in a career in aviation. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management or Professional Pilot with one of these specializations:

Experience Aviation at CWU

Points of Pride

Established in 1975, CWU's Aviation Program is the only fully accredited public university aviation program in the Pacific Northwest.

CWU students have access to the most sophisticated flight training technology on the West Coast.

CWU Aviation has direct-hire agreements with a number of airlines.

Take the Next Step to Becoming a Wildcat.