Aeronautics, Air Traffic Control, BS | College of Aeronautics and Engineering | Kent State University

Aeronautics, Air Traffic Control, BS

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics, Air Traffic Control is to prepare students for success at the FAA Academy and beyond by providing a broad knowledge of the aviation industry while honing the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in air traffic control training. The program holds at its core the role as an academic program and the value added responsibility to the aviation academy to deliver the highest level of Air Traffic Control education available at a post-secondary institution.

Study Objective

The objective of the Aeronautics, Air Traffic Control, BS is to prepare students for careers as professional Air Traffic Controllers upon graduation. Under the FAA Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative the program will provide a continual pool of qualified applicants to fill developmental air traffic control specialist positions in both terminal and en route options.

Study Outcomes

  1. Students shall demonstrate a thorough understanding of fundamental aeronautical concepts and practices
  2. Students shall understand attributes of a modern aviation professional
  3. Students shall demonstrate a fundamental understanding of air traffic basics
  4. Students shall demonstrate the ability to effectively move traffic through all positions within the air traffic control environment

View Overview (including Admission Requirements), Program Requirements, and Roadmap for the BS degree in Aeronautics, Air Traffic Control

Program Assessment Measures Employed


  • Internship feedback
  • Senior exit surveys
  • Aeronautics Dropbox submissions
  • Student Surveys of Instruction
  • Reflective essays from internships
  • Surveys from Mock Interviewing and Networking Event
  • Surveys from Safety Day
  • Capstone reflective essays
  • Capstone focus groups
  • First Year Experience focus groups
  • Professional Development Focus Groups
  • Course Data Reports


  • Faculty and staff meeting minutes
  • Feedback from attendance at various professional meetings
  • Course Data Reports


  • Employee surveys
  • Aeronautics Advisory Board feedback
  • Employer Surveys
  • Internship employee feedback
  • Surveys from Mock Interviewing and Networking Event
  • Surveys from Safety Day
  • Industry Focus Groups


  • Surveys

Program Specific:

  • Weekly flight training operations staff meeting
  • Certified Flight Instructor cross-check
  • Phase check rides
  • Certified Flight Instructor candidate review boards
  • Flight operations manual quizzes
  • Phase quizzes
  • Flight instructor evaluations of the program
  • Individual flight instructor performance evaluations 

Enrollment, Graduation and Employment Data

Enrollment as of Fall 2018:











Graduation rates: This is the 6-year graduation rate expressed as the (number of graduates) and percentage of those who started the program.




(17) 45.9%

(32) 64.0%

(20) 54.1%

Graduates of this program have found employment with the following types of companies:

  • The Federal Aviation Administration
  • Constant Aviation
  • NetJets
  • Dulles International Airport Ramp Control Services
  • CommuteAir
  • Flexjet
  • Chickasaw Nation Industries (Remote Pilot Operators for the FAA Academy)