The professional pilot degree option prepares students with the flight skills and
classroom knowledge necessary to be successful in the aviation industry. Authorized
by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Part 141 institution, our graduates
are ready to fly in private industry, work as certified flight instructors or succeed
in non-commercial flight jobs as they build the 1000 hours needed to fly commercially.
Admission into the professional pilot option is for fall only, requires a supplemental
application and is limited to 75 new students per academic year.
Why professional pilot at OSU?
OSU is committed to providing you with a broad scope of training within the aerospace
industry. As an aerospace administration and operations major with an option in professional
pilot, you will complete certified flight instructor training and receive high-quality
instruction from experienced faculty who are committed to helping you follow your
dream of becoming a pilot. Our holistic approach allows you to balance time spent
perfecting your craft while taking advantage of all OSU has to offer.
Professional pilot are employed within many sectors of the aviation industry, including:
Cargo or freight carriers
College, universities or flight training schools
Corporate or private service
Emergency medical service
R-ATPOSU is authorized
By the FAA to issue the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot certificate
The OSU Experience
Not only do our students earn a four-year degree, but they are also fully immersed
in the OSU community and have access to an exceptional college experience. The program’s
holistic approach allows students to balance time spent perfecting their skills with
taking advantage of all OSU has to offer, including Big 12 sporting competitions,
500 plus student organizations, leadership opportunities and so much more. At OSU,
you can have it all – top-notch training and the full college experience!
Required Secondary Admission Application
Students must complete a secondary application for admission into the professional
pilot degree option, which is fall admission only and limited to a maximum of 75 students
per year. For incoming freshmen, a completed undergraduate admissions application
and the professional pilot secondary application must be received by November 1. Decisions
will be announced by January 1. For transfer students, a completed undergraduate admissions
application, with up-to-date transcripts and secondary application must be received
by February 1. Decisions will be announced by March 1. The secondary application is
available in students' admission portal status page, under the "Opportunities" tab,
once they have applied to the university.
Ray and Linda Booker OSU Flight Center
The brand-new Ray and Linda Booker OSU Flight Center will open by fall 2021 and serve as a premiere resource for students pursuing degrees
in aviation education. The 11,600-square-foot facility will include private rooms
for individual flight debriefings between students and flight instructors and encourage
on-site group instruction and discussions. Additional advances to the student learning
experience include space for state-of-the-art simulator technology, dispatch space
and student common areas.
In 2019, we added five new Cirrus Aircraft SR20s to our fleet. The technologically advanced Cirrus SR Series boasts an impressive
list of features and capabilities found on today’s advanced airliners. In total, our
growing fleet includes: Piper PA-44-180 Seminole (3), Cessna 182 (1), Cessna 172 (15),
Cessna 152 (8), Cessna 150 (1), Cirrus SR20 (6) and a Redbird MCX Simulator and a
Flight Safety CRJ-200 Matrix Simulator.
Internships and real-world experiences are central to the OSU aviation program. Our
students enjoy unique opportunities to interact with professional partners, including:
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) partnership and Aviation Collegiate Education (ACE) Club distinction, which
gives our students direct access to major airline pilots through a formal mentorship
The OSU Women in Aviation chapter is focused on building relationships and interesting men and women in aviation as
well as introducing them to a wide world of opportunities after college. Members participate
in community outreach, social events and networking opportunities.
“Becoming a professional pilot is one of the most empowering careers out
there. Not only do you have the best office view in the world, but you also get to
meet all kinds of people along the way and gain confidence as you persevere through