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University Degree Program Includes ATP Flight Training

Published Aug 11, 2010 on Pilot Jobs

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A recent pilot hiring poll taken by Kit Darby Aviation Consultants found that 92 percent of pilots hired by Major Airlines held a bachelor's degree. The same poll reported that at least 60 percent of pilots hired by the Regional Airlines held a bachelor's degree. While these statistics show that a college degree is not required to secure a job with the airlines, it is highly desired and makes you a more competitive candidate for an airline pilot first officer position.


Mountain State University now offers an aviation bachelor's degree program that includes ATP’s Airline Career Pilot Program flight training.

The Bachelor of Science in Airline Transport Professional Pilot Operations is the first degree of its kind that is highly focused on preparing airline and corporate pilots for the current job market.

ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program has gained a reputation for being a highly effective career training program thanks to advanced training that sets our graduates apart: multi-engine experience, airline-oriented flight training, and a focus on career development.

Mountain State University is an esteemed, not-for-profit university founded in 1933. MSU operates six campuses, a center, and multiple teaching sites, including its impressive home campus in Beckley, West Virginia. In addition to its traditional brick-and-mortar university setting, MSU has become a leader in distance learning with online degree programs across varying disciplines.

MSU’s Airline Transport Professional Pilot Operations degree combines ATP’s flight training with MSU’s online coursework. The online medium fits the student and professional pilot lifestyle, with flexibility to work with an intense flight schedule. All theory courses are conducted online with MSU. The online coursework and flight training are tightly integrated for a cohesive training environment.

In 2010, Mountain State University expanded its degree program offerings to include a highly-relevant degree for professional pilots with the best flight training available. MSU collaborated with ATP to build an online curriculum that closely follows the flight training syllabus in ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program. MSU's respected online course delivery combined with ATP's reputation, airline relationships, network of training centers, large multi-engine aircraft fleet, and regional jet training capability, give our graduates the competitive edge.

By selecting ATP as its flight training provider, Mountain State University has become the largest aviation university for airline pilot training.

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