Your Future in Aeronautics

Are you ready to lead and manage an aviation maintenance business, or take the next step in your career as an aviation maintenance technician?

Through the on-campus Aeronautics – Aviation Maintenance Management (BT) degree program, students will leverage their Associate of Arts degree in an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT)-related field (or equivalent course of study) to graduate with a Bachelor of Technology in minimum time.

Students who have earned their AMT Associate of Arts degree and FAA Airframe and Powerplant certification through one of South Carolina’s technical colleges will typically graduate in two years of full-time study. On average, students will require 60-70 credit hours of course work to complete their Aviation Maintenance Management degree at CSU (dependent upon transcripts and credit hours transferred in, evaluated on a case-by-case basis).

Program Information:

  • Courses in principled leadership
  • Learn to be a competent manager for all aspects of business
  • Maximum credit given for technological courses
  • Minimum time to finish an accredited Bachelor’s degree
  • Study in a positive, respectful, and professional environment

While not required, the Aviation Maintenance Management program includes an Aviation Maintenance leadership seminar and opportunities for internships in the greater Charleston area and across the state.

Graduates of the Aviation Maintenance Management program will possess the skills, character, and knowledge base to lead decisively and innovatively, with character and integrity, and competently manage an aviation maintenance business. They will also meet requirements for middle and upper-level management positions with one of South Carolina’s many aviation and aerospace-related businesses and manufacturers.

Trident Technical College, Greenville Technical College, and the Pittsburgh Institute of Aviation (Myrtle Beach) all offer Aviation Maintenance Technician programs.


CSU hosts many airline recruiters and industry partners at career events during the semester, though there are no formal flow-through agreements at this time. Through our aeronautics career events, many of our students have interviewed with and been accepted into cadet/apprenticeship programs at various regional airlines, and the aviation industry is booming (see this article from Boeing

The Aeronautics course catalog lists all the courses with descriptions here:  The example curriculum roadmap is published on the CSU website, click on “View Program Overview”:

Click on the “Transfer Equivalency Guide” on this link to see the current Liberal Art Core requirements:

See Policy R-18 at this link:

There is no minimum flight experience requirement to apply.

As of the Fall 2023, there are 102 students enrolled in Aeronautics.

Normally, aeronautics classes have 15-30 students.


Charleston Southern University’s accreditation can be found here.

Earn Your Degree in Two Years

The Aeronautics – Aviation Maintenance Management program is the only program in the state of South Carolina that provides maximum credit for completion of an AMT Associate of Arts program, and allows students to earn their Bachelors degree in approximately two years of full-time study.

As an aeronautics major, you’ll take courses like…

  • FAA Ground and Flight Training
  • Aviation Safety & Safety Management Systems
  • Airport Management
  • Global Navigation 
  • Aviation Regulation & Law
  • Aerodynamics

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Aviation Maintenance Business Owner
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician Leader and Manager
  • Manufacturing Company Manager
  • Corporate and Commercial Aircraft Maintenance
  • AMT Teacher or Instructor
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