Bachelor of Science Aviation Business 


We know you are selecting a college for more than just its location or school colors. You want to go somewhere that will prepare you for the future. Your future. At Southern Nazarene University, we want that for you too. That is why we work hard to make sure our degrees are supported by some of the top curriculum available. We hire highly-qualified faculty who not only know the ins and outs of the profession you seek, but who truly wish to see you succeed individually. And we make sure you leave SNU prepared for a great job in aviation business. That’s why we can encourage you to not just dream, but to dream with confidence.

SNU's Aviation Business Degree

The Aviation Business degree at SNU is unlike any other degree. A hybrid of pilot licensing and business studies, this degree is flexible and unique. The two-part Aviation Business degree combines a 45-hour business core with 21 hours of aviation credit. Your business core will be provided on campus through the SNU School of Business. Accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP accreditation is a seal of quality recognized by universities and businesses in more than 55 countries. The aviation training you will receive from your choice of Federal Aviation Association Part 141 flight school nationwide. This opportunity gives you the flexibility to do your aviation work at the time and location of your choice. Spend the summer home attending flight school or take a semester in a new location to get your private pilot’s license. The possibilities are endless and the choice is completely up to you! Once you have received your license and ratings, you will be credited for the hours to complete your degree at SNU.

Unique Opportunities

While the most unique aspect of our aviation business program is the flexibility of your flight education, the business side at SNU has a lot to offer as well! Consider spending a summer and one semester with Morningstar Internships, who provide an international combined study abroad/internship program. You will have the opportunity to have hands-on experience in working with the very poor in developing countries to start their own businesses. Study abroad through International Business. This program will prepare you to work for multinational corporations as well as with international non-government organizations all over the world!

Other opportunities within the School of Business include Enactus, an organization dedicated to serving both local and international economic e‑ orts. Chat with the Executive is an opportunity for you to hear from and ask questions of SNU alumni who are now leaders in their fields. Ethics Club is another organization within the School of Business, providing you an opportunity to hear from business leaders in the community and ask questions in a small setting. We have also had teams from SNU compete in the Oklahoma Ethics Challenge over the years.

Aviation Business Professors at SNU

Accounting Business professors have more than just teaching experience. Each an expert in his or her own field, with years of “real-world” experience and always continuing his or her education. Not to mention a passion to see you succeed in your business career. We challenge you to find a better qualified faculty. Study under Tom Hershkowtiz, a retired Navy pilot and successful entrepreneur who has owned an international business and worked as a senior executive at di‑ erent franchises. Or Larry Mills, Ph. D. in Economics, Management, CMA and carries an insurance license. He has business experience in multiple entrepreneurial areas including insurance, o‑ ice supply business, bookstore, farming and agriculture, in addition to his 43 years of teaching experience! Get to know him when you visit campus. His depth of knowledge and care for students can’t be shown on paper. Continuing education keeps them on top of their fields. Both do civic and community service using their accounting knowledge which translates to even more practical experience you will be able to learn from.

Preparation After Graduation

After completing your flight studies, you will have approximately 200 flight hours. There are a number of career paths for Aviation Business graduates. Build flight hours through flight instructing, military service, or by hauling air freight. Or utilize your business and flight knowledge with a career in crop adjusting, airport management or other fixed-based operations.

Christopher Brown is an SNU Aviation Business graduate and a captain for SkyWest Airlines in the CRJ aircraft family. You might know SkyWest Airlines through one of its many operations: United Express, Delta Connection, US Airways Express, American Eagle or Alaska Airways. Brown has been with SkyWest for over 10 years and is currently based in Denver at Denver International Airport. “I came to SNU to play soccer and enroll in the flying program. I thought SNU was the perfect fit as you did all of your flying under the major but just received a BS in Business and I thought that was perfect since it would give me something to fall back on if flying didn’t work out. Another thing I liked was that we had a lot of autonomy in the flying program. So if you worked hard, you could accomplish a lot,” says Brown, who does a lot of continuing education in his flight career.

“SNU was everything in my career progression. My flight instructor went there and not only are we still best friends, but he helped me get hired at SkyWest. SNU was amazing because I developed close relationships with mentors like Dr. Mills and other professors that helped me in my career progression and to be a better person.”


When you graduate with your degree in aviation business from SNU, you’ll have the preparation you need for a successful career in many professions such as:

  • Pilot
  • Business Analyst
  • Airport  Mangement
  • Operations Management

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Study Aviation Business at Southern Nazarene University, Bethany Oklahoma 

The Program
 · A hybrid of pilot licensing and business studies
 · Combines 42 hour business core with 21 hours of aviation credit
 · Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP)
 · Allows students to take their flight hours from any FAA Part 141 flight school nationwide

The Professors
 · Experts in their individual fields
 · Including one professor with over 20 years of marketing experience
 · Strive to develop close-knit student-faculty relationships to help ensure student success
 · Two-time winner of the student choice award, “Professor of the Year”

The Preparation
 · Recent graduates hold jobs in flight instructing, military service, hauling air freight and more
 · Your credits will be accepted by over 400 ACBSP accredited Universities should you pursue higher education after graduation