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Earn the credentials required to pursue a career as a professional pilot by undergoing in-depth training in required stages of pilot certification: Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, and Multi-engine Commercial Pilot. 

A.A.S. in Aviation

Students who complete the AAS in Aviation at Gallatin College MSU will have all the qualifications needed to start a career as a professional pilot. This program provides thorough training for essential pilot certifications: Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, and Commercial Pilot (including multi-engine). It also includes classroom instruction in Aircraft Systems, Advanced Navigation Systems, Aviation Safety, Flight Instructor/Aircraft Theory, and Aviation Regulations and Professional Conduct. Additional fight training fees apply.

The Aviation program is part of Gallatin College MSU, southwest Montana’s two-year college.

Important: This program has limited openings and has been at full capacity in recent years, please apply early and contact Gallatin College for further information if interested. Students will need reliable all-season personal transportation as public transportation is not available to the flight training location.



High Demand for Graduates

There is a high demand for Aviation graduates as an older workforce retires and travel becomes key to everyday business and leisure. 

Accelerated Time to Degree

Students are ready to enter into a career in two years after completing the Aviation program at Gallatin College.

Flexible Schedule

Most students work full-time and class schedules usually accommodate students with responsibilities outside of school.




Job Skills

Graduates of the Aviation program at Gallatin College MSU are prepared to: 

  • Apply knowledge in aviation to adapt to emerging aviation trends.
  • Conduct themselves professionally and ethically.
  • Understand and analyze the role of aviation safety and human factors to the aviation industry.
  • Describe meteorology as it relates to aviation.
  • Independently fly and safely operate airplanes for which they are rated.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and the appropriate application of aeronautical principles, design characteristics, and operational limitations, for a variety of aircraft as it relates to the student's career goals.
  • Communicate effectively using both written and verbal skills.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in math computation for aviation and modern society.
  • Demonstrate effective skills in the use of computers and aviation related technology.


Job opportunities for graduates of the Aviation program range from occupations as a pilot for a national or regional carrier to less well-known, but in-demand, work in the following settings:

  • Pilot for cargo services
  • Pilot for air taxis
  • Pilot for media aircraft
  • Corporate jet pilot
  • Certified flight instructor

In Montana, employment for pilots is projected to grow faster than most occupations through 2032. An AAS in Aviation with a bachelor’s degree in a related field will make you especially competitive in the entry-level job market.