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Master Degree in International Business Administration
with Specialization in Aviation Management

24 Months

Start Dates
September – January – April

La Tour-de-Peilz

Study Mode
Full Time


Degree Overview

The Master Degree in International Business Administration with a specialization in Aviation Management provides students with hands-on experience via close links to the industry. AUS is leading the charge in skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) through integrating the hard and soft skills our students will need to be competitive in the coming decades. Key learning methods to promote 4IR skills development are instilled in the program.

At AUS students from over 44 nationalities come together and share their personal and professional experiences guided by professors who work in their field of specialization.

Through experiential and student-centered learning students are exposed to real-life scenarios and case studies allowing them to develop skills needed to be competitive in the upcoming decades. This applied experience is in stark contrast to many university professors focused solely on theory or outdated methodologies.

Aviation Management not only provides pertinent knowledge of the aviation industry, but it also provides students with the business skills necessary to enter this industry. The career opportunities range from Airport Management to Aviation Law and offer travel opportunities within a multicultural environment.

Conveniently located near the company headquarters, The International Aviation Transportation Association (IATA), AUS is uniquely positioned to offer its students access to knowledgeable professors, internships, and IATA certification that is unparalleled by any other institute of Higher Learning.

While at AUS, the student will acquire the necessary skills to fast-track their management career in aviation management. Grounded in cutting-edge business theory, the student will learn to sell ideas while establishing, implementing, and overseeing an aviation structure for an organization.

All courses are taught onsite by AUS professors, distinguished leaders in the fields of air transportation, hospitality, and business management. The curriculum is comprised of ever-evolving theory and real-world practical examples, and internships are required for candidates during their third term of study.

To support internship placement, AUS is partnering with leaders in the aviation field. PrivatPort is a company backed by Swissport International Ltd, which provides best-in-class airport ground services on behalf of more than 50 client-companies for over 25 million passengers annually in 50 countries.

Program Overview

ECTS Credits

CH Credits

The degree builds on a student’s knowledge developed at a bachelor level and will develop their business personality and hone their management skills. Students will study a range of core modules in which they will do an in-depth analysis of business practices in areas such as management, business law, and corporate strategy in an international context. Students will then dive further into their modules and learn the application of theory to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the impact their knowledge can have.

Module Descriptions

Emerging Technologies

The fourth industrial revolution, or 4IR, is upon us, and emerging technologies are at its core. Businesses must adapt to this new reality or they will jeopardize their own survival. In this context, a solid understanding of emerging technologies and their potential value to an organization is critical for any business manager.

This course explores the current spectrum of emerging technologies from various perspectives, with a focus on their business application for competitive advantage. The emphasis is on fostering the development of students’ individual opinions on this fast-evolving theme.

This course starts by introducing an overview of emerging technologies. It then continues by exploring eight topics where some specific emerging technologies are explored for their disruptive potential. However, additional emerging technologies may be involved in any topical discussion. Indeed, since many of these emerging technologies are interconnected or even interdependent, each class is expected to touch upon topics otherwise covered in other classes. This reflects the complexity of the overall theme which must be grasped too. The course ends with a discussion on the application of ethics in using such technologies.

Overview of the Air Transportation System

This course will provide you with an overview of the air transportation system and illustrate the interdependence among its components: airlines, airports, civil aviation authorities and air navigation services. You will explore the complex system which is required in order to carry passengers and goods from point A to point B, and the organizations, people and technologies that make the air transport industry safe and sustainable.

International Relations

We live in an exciting period of history. The world is getting smaller, moving faster, and becoming interconnected in ways never experienced before. The highly globalized world of the present has generated more wealth, scientific innovation, and cross-national cooperation ever witnessed in history. Yet at the same time the prospects of war, terror, and environmental degradation still generate immense uncertainty and instability, as we’ve witnessed this year with COVID-19

The rapid barrage of information emanating from the online news outlets, social media, television, and other forms of communication has in part transformed many people into “informed” global citizens. However, while there may be a multitude of individuals who know of the events that are occurring in the world, many still do not understand what is happening. That is, there’s a huge difference between being up to date on the news (which is a good thing) and being able to explain why events happened; and what consequences they may bring.

In this course, we’ll review some of the theories underlying international relations and brief historical events that have impacted how the world operates today. We’ll discuss and learn about various topics and issues which drive decision-making and how those decisions impact the world. We’ll also look at how those and why those decisions are made.

Airline Customer Service

Drive outstanding customer service with the winning combination of knowledge, skills, and attitude. Frontline airline customer service professionals, such as ticket reservation staff, check-in and gate agents, and cabin crew, work in one of the most dynamic industries. In this course, we will examine how the Internet, social media, and new technologies are changing airline customer service. We will discuss several examples of how airlines are keeping up with these changes to meet customer needs and stay competitive.

Human Resource Management

Most companies will proclaim that the people are their most important asset. Managing people effectively is an important element of organizational effectiveness and a base for the long-term, sustainable competitive advantage. Through this course, students will develop an understanding of how decisions related to managing human resource contribute to organizational effectiveness and a firm’s competitive advantage.

Airline Marketing

Stay ahead of the competition by understanding and applying sound marketing principles.

Airline Revenue Management

Discover the techniques applied by airlines to derive revenue from seat sales to maximize profitability.

Air Transport Fundamentals

This course will provide you with an overview of the air transportation system that illustrates the interdependence among its components: airlines, airports, civil aviation authorities and air navigation services.

Introduction to the Airline Industry

Start with the essentials to launch a career in the airline industry. Learn about the history of airline organizations, and the various operational and business functions that make up an airline.

Degree Benefits

Upon completing the Master with Specialization in Aviation Management students will obtain the following diplomas and certificates alongside their degree

American University in Switzerland

Master’s Degree in International Business with Specialization in Aviation Management

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Harvard Business

Leadership and Management Diploma 
obtained through Harvard ManageMentor

Cornell University

Cornell University Certificates
obtained through the eCornell Platform

IATA Authorized Training Center

The American University in Switzerland is proud to be named as an official IATA Authorized Training Center. Offering a Degree with a specialization in Aviation Management as well as specific IATA certified training courses enables students to gain expert industry knowledge from a global organization in air transport.

Courses available to students will complement the AUS curriculum and give real-industry insight to support academic knowledge. Topics such as Air Transport Fundamentals, providing an overview of the air transportation system and illustrating the interdependencies among its various components and Aviation Security Awareness, which looks at introducing security measures and regulations to keep the industry safe. This opportunity provides students a real advantage when seeking employment by showcasing their expertise and applied knowledge through gaining industry-recognized certifications.

Discover the Cornell University Certificates that you will take at AUS through the eCornell Platform.

Earn Cornell University Certificates

Internships and Placements
Career Opportunities

During their degree students must undertake at least one internship. Students are support by our dedicated careers team and faculty to ensure they can find an internship relevant to their career path. Students are also encouraged to undertake additional internships in other fundamental business areas in order to broader their experience and enhance their CV.

The international aviation, airport and tourism industry has witnessed an unprecedented growth during the last decade due to the increased number of destinations for business travel, holidaymakers and private flyers. This growth has paved the way for a range of exciting career opportunities that allow you to apply the management, technical and business skills gained studying this degree. Studying Aviation Management, you could progress into careers including;

  • Airline Management
  • Freight and Cargo Management
  • Passenger Services
  • Aviation Support Services
  • Airport Security Management
  • Immigration and Customs

Why Switzerland?

Rated in the Top 2 Countries to Study Abroad in Europe, Switzerland is an exceptional location to live, study and work. Its cultural diversity, magnificent landscape and innovative environment offer first-class conditions for both personal well-being and career achievement. With its amazing cuisine, four national languages, horology eminence and more than 1.5 million cows, Switzerland offer an international study experience like no other.

Among its many charms, Switzerland scenery tops it all. Stunning Lake Geneva lends itself to great boating and swimming, and of course the mountains are there for memorable hiking. If you love to ski and snowboard, there is no better place than Switzerland. And if you don’t know how to ski and snowboard, there is no better place to learn. From Zermatt to St. Moritz, Switzerland is a mecca for winter sports enthusiasts.

Why AUS?

The American University in Switzerland (AUS) is a private and fully accredited institution of Higher Education located near beautiful Lake Geneva. With a professor to student ratio of only 1 to 7 and a graduation rate of nearly 95%, students will experience the individual attention they deserve and obtain the career they desire.

At AUS, we recognize that business leaders today must not only master the hard skills needed to make data-driven decisions but also the soft skills needed to make them a better collaborator. To thrive in this field and to truly create value in an organization, leaders must acquire the management skills necessary to interface across the organization.

Recognizing the need for this skillset in the market, AUS has developed a holistic approach to educating tomorrow’s leaders.

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in Aviation Management with an AUS Master Degree.

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