Aviation Management

The American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland (AUS) is committed to offer a distinctive specialization in Aviation Management as part of its MIBA program to prepare future managers for the aviation industry, as an official IATA authorized training center.
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The QS World University 2023 Ranking has rated the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland as “Top 3 in Switzerland”, "Top 100" in Europe, ranking #71-80, and "Top 130" globally, ranking #121-130.
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The QS World University 2023 Ranking has rated the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland as “Top 3 in Switzerland”, "Top 100" in Europe, ranking #71-80, and "Top 130" globally, ranking #121-130.

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Overview

The Master of Science in International Business Administration (MIBA) program at the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland ensures that our students are fully prepared to lead and manage in today’s competitive and changing global marketplace. We focus on integrating traditional business knowledge with practical decision-making, problem-solving, creativity, and strategic thinking while engaging in real-world projects. We create a practical learning and research environment that emphasizes collaboration and active engagement with industry leaders.

The curriculum links cutting-edge business theory to practical research and applications as students are guided to solve real-world challenges. This environment emphasizes collaboration and team building alongside healthy competition. At AUS, top-tier internationally diverse classmates come together, share professional experiences, and form synergistic groups where mutual commitment and joint accountability lead to highly effective teams.
Each course integrates at least two experiential learning activities such as:
  • Simulations
  • Presentations – individual and/or group
  • Case studies
  • Projects – individual and/or group.
Beyond the depth and breadth of knowledge gained in the classroom, the life-long connections developed while attending AUS will be of immeasurable value. To this end, we require and actively support internship placement, on-site company visits, and executive mentoring. With our vast network of contacts at nearby, world-renowned corporate headquarters, students are sure to find opportunities tailored to meet their specific needs. Whether the student’s aspiration is to manage a leading company, have their own business, or work for a family-run business, AUS provides the tools to follow the desired career path.

AUS graduate students are expected to produce quality and practical business research summarized in their Master's Capstone submission. AUS awards prizes to the best Thesis.

Why AUS?

  • Campus
    The inspiring, modern campus of the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland features all you could need, from state-of-the-art learning spaces to cozy corners, an on-site Starbucks coffee machine, and dedicated sports facilities.
  • Multiple Specializations Options
    You can study an undergraduate or graduate degree in business or specialize, and also choose to engage in the Dual Degree Program in conjunction with Tiffin University in the United States.
  • Multiple Intakes per Year
    We have three admission intakes per year: fall, winter, and spring.
    Learn more about Admission and Application Deadlines
  • International Recognition

    AUS is chartered under Swiss law and recognized by the Department of Education in the Canton of Vaud as an Institute of Higher Education.
    Learn more about Accreditation and Ranking
  • Soft Skill Development
    As an accredited institution with the IBM SkillsBuild Initiative, AUS has a first-hand view of the latest technologies and business trends across several industries. As an Apple Authorized Training Center for Education, students learn how to code, create and build apps.
  • Personalized Learning
    With a class size of 15 to 20 students and a faculty-student ratio is roughly 1-7, facilitating a deeper working relationship between students and professors coupled with feedback and coaching.
  • Support Services
    AUS provides various support services to students such as: Career Support, Dedicated support, Learning Support. All students will meet with the Academic Coordinator each academic term.
  • Great Student Life
    With our campus located amongst the Swiss Riviera's beautiful scenery, we organize trips to explore the rich cultural heritage and beautiful architecture. Offering plenty of nearby attractions, destinations, and ski resorts or visit local festivals.
  • Cultural Diversity
    At AUS students from over 45 nationalities from 6 continents come together to learn and share experiences, cultural perspectives, and varied work experiences with students from all over the world.
  • Student Housing
    AUS has several fully furnished single and shared rooms within a five-kilometer radius of the university campus.
    Learn more about student housing

Program Structure

The program is based on the AUS MIBA curriculum combined with several courses in Aviation and Airport Management along with Safety, Security, and Legal issues. The curriculum links cutting-edge business theory to practical research and applications as students are guided to solve real-world challenges in the aviation industry.

Students can earn at least three (3) IATA certificates by completing IATA courses based on their interest and from a list of courses provided by the Academic department.
Our Aviation Management professors come from the aviation industry and directly from IATA. Through their decades of direct aviation experience, they bring personal stories, connections, and networks to a classroom, enriching the student experience.

In addition to the classroom setting, the program offers tours of aviation management points of interest, including airports, hangers, cargo centers, IATA headquarters, air traffic control centers, and many others. AUS has a specific track for guest speakers, bringing industry leaders to campus to provide first-person experiences and insights.
  • Duration:
    2 years
  • Entry Dates:
    September / January / April
  • Study Mode:
    Full-time
  • Credits:
    90 CH | 120 ECTS
Program Structure
At the beginning of their MIBA program, the Aviation Management students will take the core and elective MIBA courses with the other AUS students. A standard course of study to complete a MIBA program over two years requires the completion of fifteen core courses, five AUS elective courses, six IATA specialization courses, and three IATA elective courses.

Students have the flexibility to select the three IATA elective courses from a list of IATA courses. The student might seek to register for additional IATA course(s) which is based on specific interest, but an extra fee will apply.

In addition, nine credit hours are required for Capstone work which starts during the last academic term and can be completed up to six months after graduation. The MIBA Capstone work can be either a thesis in the form of a research proposal, where the validity of one or more hypotheses is investigated, or in the form of a business plan.
Courses
#
CH
ECTS
AUS Core
15
45
60
AUS Elective
5
15
20
IATA Specialization
6
18
24
IATA Elective (eLearning)
3
3
4
Capstone: Thesis or Business Plan
9
12
Courses
#
CH
ECTS
AUS Core
AUS Elective
IATA Specialization
15
45
60
5
15
20
6
18
24
IATA Elective (eLearning)
Capstone: Thesis or Business Plan
3
9
4
12
3
The conferring of a MIBA degree from AUS follows only after completing all the following requirements:
  • Academic credit requirements - a minimum of 90 CH | 120 ECTS.
  • Academic performance requirements - a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Capstone: Thesis in the form of a research proposal, where the validity of one or more hypotheses is investigated, or in the form of a business plan.
  • Attendance and residency requirements.

MIBA students have other credit-earning opportunities, when available, through internships and by working with professors on research initiatives and program activities surrounding their specialization.

Course Examples

Program Learning Outcomes

  • 1
    The successful MIBA participant will be able to analyze and evaluate (beyond the level of understanding) the performance of a business in the functional areas of general management (accounting, economics, finance, and marketing).
  • 2
    The successful MIBA participant will be able to analyze and evaluate decision alternatives using theories, tools, and techniques (such as a cash flow statement, market segmentation, and sustainable competitive advantage) applied to the internal and external analysis of a business or industry situation and are able to support and defend their recommendations.
  • 3
    The successful MIBA participant will be able to create and present advanced oral and written business presentations (such as a research proposal or a business plan) in a supported and scholarly fashion.
  • 4
    The successful MIBA participant will set an example to other students by conducting their affairs in a businesslike manner (such as respect for their appearance, timeliness, and preparation) and possess the ability to work cooperatively in mixed teams on diverse projects towards a common goal.
  • 5
    The successful MIBA participant will be able to develop life-long learning skills that will support them to continue their studies in a self-directed and autonomous manner.
  • The successful MIBA participant will be able to analyze and evaluate (beyond the level of understanding) the performance of a business in the functional areas of general management (accounting, economics, finance, and marketing).
  • The successful MIBA participant will be able to analyze and evaluate decision alternatives using theories, tools, and techniques (such as a cash flow statement, market segmentation, and sustainable competitive advantage) applied to the internal and external analysis of a business or industry situation and are able to support and defend their recommendations.
  • The successful MIBA participant will be able to create and present advanced oral and written business presentations (such as a research proposal or a business plan) in a supported and scholarly fashion.
  • The successful MIBA participant will set an example to other students by conducting their affairs in a businesslike manner (such as respect for their appearance, timeliness, and preparation) and possess the ability to work cooperatively in mixed teams on diverse projects towards a common goal.
  • The successful MIBA participant will be able to develop life-long learning skills that will support them to continue their studies in a self-directed and autonomous manner.
Required Application Documents
Program Overview
AUS Academic Calendar

Career

The Aviation Management Specialization not only provides pertinent knowledge of the aviation industry, but it also provides students with the necessary skills to fast-track their aviation careers. Grounded in cutting-edge business theory, experiential learning, and taught by professors directly from aviation, this MIBA program gives the students a well-rounded and hands-on exposure to the industry.

A specialization in Aviation Management allows you to progress into the following careers:

Freight and Cargo Management
Airline Management
Passenger Services
Airport Security Management
Aviation Support Services
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Tuition & Fees

Swiss Citizens
International Students
MIBA in Aviation Management
CHF 22’000.- per year
2-Year Master’s Degree Program
Admission Fee = CHF 3’500.-
(Payment upon acceptance)
flexible payment options available
Application Fee = Free of charge
MIBA in Aviation Management
CHF 15’000.- per year
2-Year Master’s Degree Program
Admission Fee = CHF 3’500.-
(Payment upon acceptance)
flexible payment options available
Application Fee = Free of charge
MIBA in Aviation Management
CHF 22’000
2-Year Program
Admission Fee = CHF 3’500.-
(Payment upon acceptance)
flexible payment options available
per year
Application Fee = Free of charge
MIBA in Aviation Management
CHF 15’000
2-Year Program
Admission Fee = CHF 3’500.-
(Payment upon acceptance)
flexible payment options available
per year
Application Fee = Free of charge
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