Marshall School of Aviation to offer two degree programs

Marshall University is one step closer to takeoff of its aviation program after the University Board of Governors’ recent approval of two new academic degrees.

Marshall’s new School of Aviation will offer a bachelor of science in aviation sciences, fixed-wing, and a bachelor of science in aviation, rotor-wing (helicopters). The academic program will be housed at the South Charleston campus with hands-on training at Yeager Airport in Charleston.

Under the partnership with Southern Utah University, Marshall will share Southern’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) certification and consult with the school on academic matters. Both schools will participate in national recruitment efforts.

“There is a huge demand for pilots across the United States,” Marshall President Jerome A. Gilbert said. “As an industry, a commercial pilot is the only profession with a federally mandated retirement age. Marshall is poised to meet the educational requirements with these new programs.”

All classes for the aviation program will be on Marshall’s South Charleston campus, which will serve as the academic hub. The university plans to construct a residence hall on the campus to serve the new students. It will include a kitchen and cafeteria that will be open to all students enrolled at the South Charleston campus.

Yeager Airport will host new facilities for hangar space and FAA-required laboratories and computer facilities. The airport also will provide the necessary technical services needed to support the flight school (e.g., access to aviation fuel, air traffic control, security and similar necessities).
The program is expected to begin in fall 2021.