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Master’s Degree in International Business Administration with a specialization in Aviation Management


Master Degree


12 - 24 Months

Start Date

September, January, April


La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland

Study Mode

Full-time, Part-time



ECTS Credits


CH Credits


Degree Overview

The AUS Master’s program in Aviation Management is an IATA Certified program that provides graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge for a career in business management. The course curriculum includes key tools to expand your business capacity and is global in nature in order to prepare students for the business challenges of the 21st century.

AUS is bridging the gap between aviation experience and management expertise. Building on traditional Swiss hospitality training, and business fundamentals, students will learn to create lifelong customers. Because at AUS, we recognize that the air transportation industry is more than just moving customers physically, it’s about moving customers emotionally.

To foster an atmosphere of engagement and to truly drive value in an organization, aviation experts must learn the management skills necessary to interface across the organization effectively. Recognizing the need for this skillset in the market, AUS has developed a holistic approach to educating tomorrows leaders in aviation management.

On the 24th May 2019, the International Aviation Transportation Association (IATA) and the American University in Switzerland (AUS) announced a partnership recognizing AUS as an IATA Authorized Training Center. So, in addition to an accredited degree, students can also earn industry certification that is recognized worldwide.

Why an AUS degree

Small classes

AUS’s commitment to the ultimate student experience includes the right number of faculty members to guarantee small class sizes and the subsequent personal support to students in and outside the classroom. Small class sizes ensure full engagement with the professor leading the learning as well as fellow students from a range of professional and cultural backgrounds.


AUS offers a tailored education, with practical and theoretical courses, which are relevant for today’s market. Prioritizing the latest business subjects, the highly motivated and ambitious staff and administration at AUS is dedicated to the academic and personal development of students, working closely on a one-to-one basis to help them achieve their career objectives.

Real-World Insights

Full access to various databases such as EBSCO, ProQuest, Financial Times and other services are available on and off the campus along with access to academic and industry experts, and through a curriculum shaped by current research and professional practice to maximize your career progression.

Practical and Relevant

A career-path organization combining theory with practical experience, AUS is committed to the training and development of its students, empowering them to take the career path that suits them best.


An international, multicultural environment based in Switzerland, AUS is one of Switzerland’s leading business universities situated in La Tour-de-Peilz on the beautiful shores of Lake Geneva and is privileged to have the likes of global corporations and organizations such as Nestlé, Hublot, the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee within easy travelling distance from campus


AUS’s backing by internationally recognized and strong local organizations provides the assurance of quality education for its students. It is recognized as a university by multiple accreditation bodies including the U.S based International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), and the European Council for Business Education (ECBE). It also belongs to the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, Fédération Suisse des Ecoles Privées (FSEP), Association Vaudoise des Ecoles Privées (AVDEP) as well as Promove.

Program Details

What You Will Learn

Aviation specialization is a unique offering in Switzerland.
The degree starts with five fundamental courses. These are followed by core courses that give students a solid grasp of the fundamentals of business, such as finance, economics, marketing and entrepreneurship. Students can select topical courses to tailor their degree.
The program aims to give you a complete understanding of the context in which organizations operate in today’s modern world by developing your knowledge and skills across areas including strategy, marketing and finance.

To obtain a degree, students will need to complete:

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  • 13 core modules/courses
  • 8 specialist modules/courses
  • Internship
  • Dissertation

Modules/Courses are selected by the administration depending on student requests and faculty availability and include topics such as finance, economics, management, law and marketing principles. Check our course web pages regularly for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information.

To see the complete curriculum, please download in Aviation Management brochure.



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Academic Calendar

The academic year usually begins in September and ends in July with three academic terms (Fall, Winter and Spring) during this period. Each term includes eleven weeks of study, plus one week of examinations. Examination periods usually occur in the middle and end of each term. Holiday periods usually occur in December and Spring. The long Summer break is in July/August.

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Term Dates

2019-2020 Fall Term

Courses: September - December
Holidays: Winter Break: 3-4 weeks

Winter Term

Courses: January - March
Holidays: Spring Break: 3 weeks

Spring Term

Courses: April - July
Holidays: Summer Break: 12 weeks

Master's Degree Requirements

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the number of air travelers will balloon to 7.2 billion in 2035, a near doubling of current levels. This trend is supported by the growth of the middle class in China and its impact on domestic travels and the economic rise of the Asia Pacific as an international destination.

AUS is partnering with two 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 850 client – companies for some 265 million passengers annually in 50 countries.

The second partnership is with Privatair SA, a Swiss airline headquartered at Geneva airport, which operates business jets as well as scheduled services on behalf of major airlines. Besides, the company operates crew and pilot training facilities.

The program aims to prepare students for the management position in the industry covering themes such as Aviation Economics and Regulations, Issues in the Aviation Industry, Airport Business Management, Airline Finance and Accounting.

The related courses will be :

  • Airline Finance and Accounting
  • Accounting and Financial Management for Travel agencies
  • Air Transport Fundamentals
  • Airline Marketing
  • Aviation Security Awareness
  • Managing the Travel Business
  • Social Media for the Travel Industry

The conferring of a MIBA degree from AUS follows only after completing the following requirements:

• Academic credit requirements;
• Academic performance requirements (Cumulative GPA of 3.0.);
• Attendance requirements and residency requirements.

In addition, all outstanding accounts must be settled with the administration before graduation.

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Transferring Credits

Transfer credits may be accepted from other recognized colleges and universities for those courses, which apply to AUS’s programs. Advanced placement (AP) credits obtained at the high school level may be applied to an undergraduate program. Transfer credits may only be awarded for a grade of C (75%) or higher. All graduating students must complete at least half of their Academic Credit requirements at AUS.

How to Apply

The American University in Switzerland will consider all completed applications and will contact applicants within a reasonable period of time, as soon as a decision has been made. Admission to AUS is however subject to a limited number of enrollments; it is therefore possible that not all qualified applicants are always accepted.
All applicants must demonstrate an excellent academic record signaling their potential for success in a given field of study and complete the following AUS admission procedures.

Entry to the master’s program requires completion and graduation from a recognized undergraduate program. AUS may require students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business or who are academically challenged to take additional undergraduate level courses. Graduates of non-American institutions of higher learning must be able to document that their degree is equivalent to a recognized bachelor’s degree. Certified translations in English are required for all records not in English.
A minimum of six months full-time or one-year part-time work experience is recommended but is not required, before entering the graduate program. One of the recommendation letters must come from an employer or supervisor.
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) test is recommended but not required for graduate level applicants.

The general requirements for all applicants include the completed application form and payable fees in addition to the documents listed below. The applicant should ensure that these documents are sent to AUS in good time before a course of study begins.

  • Request Application Form

  • Submit completed and signed application form

  • Photographs: Six (6) passport size photographs must be included with the application form that is submitted to AUS. Most of these photographs are required by the local authorities and for student visas.

  • Recommendations: Two (2) confidential letters of recommendation from instructors or employers who are familiar with the applicant’s past performance must be sent directly to AUS. Certified translations must also be submitted for all letters not in English.

  • Résumé or CV: A brief written account of the applicant’s strengths and accomplishments. Include personal details, education, work experience, other qualifications and career expectations.

  • Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts for all applicable academic work done at the secondary or university-level institutions in the past five (5) years. Transcripts must be sent directly by the institutions to AUS. Certified translations must also be submitted for all documents not in English.

  • Motivation Letter: The essay or motivation letter should be at least 500 words in length. You should tell the story of your academic development and any other work experience you have had in a first-person narrative. You should explain your reasons for applying and how you expect AUS to further improve your present career goals.

  • Language Proficiency: Proficiency will normally be recognized if students have completed any of the following conditions:

    a. Attendance for at least three recent full years of study in an institution where the sole language of instruction is English.

    b. Obtaining Standard level or higher, in the International Baccalaureate (IB).

  • If none of these conditions apply, proof of proficiency in English must be provided by achieving the appropriate score on one of the following:

    At least 550 score in a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
    At least 6.0 score in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    An application must include all of these items in order to be considered for the admissions process.

Application Deadlines

AUS operates on a rolling admissions basis, which requires that completed application materials as well as all academic records and the applicable fee be received by AUS a minimum of 10 weeks before the start of term. If accepted, you will receive an official Letter of Acceptance and an invitation to enroll. At this time, you will also be advised of any additional information that should be provided in order to complete your file. A payment schedule of the tuition and fees due is indicated in the Offer Letter sent within the Letter of Acceptance.

Tuition Fees

Registration Fee CHF 3’500
MIBA Tuition CHF 30’500
TOTAL CHF 34’000

*All prices are in Swiss Francs (CHF)
*Tuition and fees may be subject to change without prior notice
A number of additional expenses should be expected by students, which are not covered by the tuition fees and will need to be accounted for separately. Additional expenses may include:

  • Health insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Social activities/trips
  • Photocopying costs

All fees are quoted in CHF (Swiss Francs). As AUS – The American University in Switzerland is a private institution, all students pay the same fees regardless of nationality. Fees are reviewed from time to time and may change from those listed.

The University reserves the right to make such alterations or amendments as necessary. Please consult the website for current information.

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Application and registration fees must be paid before the visa application process. Tuition fees must be paid at least two weeks before the start date of the academic program. If the payment is not done, you may not enroll and start classes until payment has been made. Payments may be made by bank transfer, online via credit card, or in person. A student will not be fully registered until full payment is received. Tuition and services may be withdrawn in the case of non-payment.

If you begin a program of study and then wish to withdraw, you must advise the Administration in writing. Any refund will be made according to our Refund Policy.
Note: This process may take a few months.

AUS offers a number of partial scholarships and bursaries to help you with your education. For more information please visit the Admissions & Aid page.

Career Opportunities

  • Airport Management
  • Airline Management/Planning
  • Airplane manufacturers
  • Project Administration & Management
  • Network Management
  • Airport Security Management
  • Other specialized job functions in airlines/air traffic control


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