Aviation Diploma


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Flight training during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mount Royal University is resuming flight training for Aviation Diploma and Private Pilot Licence (PPL) programs. Students can voluntarily resume training starting June 3, 2020, with an agreement to special health and safety protocols. 

The safety of MRU’s students and employees is, and has always been, our number one priority. The decision to resume MRU’s flight training was made due to clarifications regarding Alberta’s Stage 1 reopening plan, including Alberta’s “Guidance for post-secondary institutions” and Transport Canada’s guidance for the aviation industry. The guidelines for resuming MRU’s flight training during COVID-19 have been modelled after the STARS protocols.


  • All MRU piloted flights will remain within Alberta provincial borders and passengers and overnight trips are prohibited
  • Priority for limited flight times will be offered to students who are nearing the completion of their training to ensure timely completion of their studies
  • Special protocols, including physical distancing, the use of masks and cleaning requirements, are mandatory
  • Aviation students must limit time spent at the hangar


Contact us:  Current students who have questions about resuming flight training can contact aviationscheduling@mtroyal.ca.


MRU Aviation has a solid reputation across the country, built on 50 years of experience in helping students reach their aviaiton dreams.  The unique Aviation Diploma combines an academic dimploma with the flight training you need to become a commercial pilot.  

Students require a completed Private Pilot Licence by August 31st in order to begin the Program.

Practical flying experience is accumulated on Mount Royal's fleet of aircraft consisting of Cessna single-engine aircraft and Seneca multi-engine aircraft. Our fleet is equipped with the latest GPS avionics, and is located at our Springbank Hangar at the nearby Springbank Airport (CYBW) just west of the Calgary city limits.

Mount Royal also provides simulator training on a state-of-the-art ALSIM ALX Flight Training Device, which includes high resolution visuals on a 270° wrap around screen. In the simulator, you can experience take off and landing at any airport in North America, in all forms of weather systems and in engine or aircraft emergencies.

Objectives of the program

We are proud to be a professional program with high standards for aviation education. One way in which we ensure these standards are met is to be an Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) accredited program.

On November 2019 MRU complies with AABI Policy 3.4.2

In addition to the knowledge and skill required to obtain the Commercial Licence and Multi-Engine Instrument Rating, students learn about human factors and safety, team work, leadership and decision making. These are important skills required by professional pilots.

Leadership skills, human factors and application of safety standards, and the ability to work well with others are skills that are integrated into both the classroom and flight training portions of the program.


Professional Pilot Infographic

Program assessment measures

The unique Aviation Diploma combines the flight training you need to become a commercial pilot with an academic diploma. Students are assessed in academics and flight training. A minimum grade of "C" is required in aviation courses. Flight training consists of 10 courses, each requiring a check flight at the end to ensure the required outcomes are met.

Graduation rates

We have a 100% graduation rate for students who enter the second year of the program.

Rates and type of employment of graduates

MRU Aviation graduates have an average employment rate of 100% after completing the Aviation Diploma. Over the last two years graduates have been employed with the airlines, charter and corporate operations, as flight instructors and with pipeline patrol operations.

A future in aviation

The current demand for graduates of this program is very high. Since the average age of Canadian commercial pilots is 57, the demand will continue to grow. Boeing's 2018 Pilot and Technician Outlook report predicts that 790 000 pilots will be needed around the world over the next 20 years. Alumni have gone on to fly with Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, KLM, WestJet and even the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

Aviation offers many career opportunities:

  • Commercial, charter or corporate pilot - fly jumbo jets for major airlines or smaller planes for corporate travel
  • Airline or airport administrator - ensure the smooth, safe and consistent operation of an airline or airport
  • Medical evacuation pilot - fly in medical evacuation missions

You could also find yourself working for delivery and courier companies or helping fight forest fires.Degree options

Aviation students have several options to continue with a degree program. The two year diploma courses are transferable to the Mount Royal University General Management program.

Courses in the Aviation Diploma are transferable to the degree program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the United States, the only aviation-oriented university in the world. Studies can be done online through Embry-Riddle Worldwide.

Massey University of New Zealand also has a partnership that allows MRU Aviation students to continue with an aviation degree.

Private pilot program

This Private Pilot Program is offered annually beginning in February. Applications for this program can be obtained by contacting aviation@mtroyal.ca beginning in October.


Jazz Aviation Pathways Program


Jazz Aviation Pathways Program


Jazz's Aviation Pathways Program (Jazz APP) is the premiere education and training pathway for pilots in Canada. Through the Jazz APP, aviation students are provided an industry-leading education experience based on:

  • Collaborative training and curriculum development,
  • Prestigious scholarship awards,
  • The continued opportunity for top-performing graduates to transition to first officer positions at Jazz.

As a partner institution, every qualified Mount Royal University graduate of the Aviation Diploma receives an opportunity to interview for a job at Jazz.

Memorandum of Understanding and Sunwing Airlines Cadet Pilot Program

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Mount Royal University has partnered with Sunwing Airlines as part of its direct entry cadet program for Aviation graduates. Through the MOU and Direct Entry Cadet Program, Sunwing Airlines will:

  • Hire two MRU Aviation graduates through the Direct Entry Cadet program
  • Assign a representative to participate in the Mount Royal University Aviation Program Advisory Committee
  • Provide training materials and support, as determined by Sunwing, to Mount Royal University for the delivery of their aviation related programs
  • When requested by MRU, provide feedback on the program and candidate performance


WestJet Encore's Flightpath Partner Program

Mount Royal University has partnered with WestJet's Encore's Flightpath Partner Program which provides mentorship and professional development opportunities through the use of company's facilities and access to resources such as training manuals. The partnership also provides the opportunity to qualified graduates of the Aviation Diploma who have successfully acquired their commercial license, MIFR and IATRA or SAMRA/SARON written exams to obtain a job interview. Following a successful interview, graduates will be placed in a first officer hiring pool and considered for a future ground school after meeting the first officer qualifications.




AirSprint is Canada's premier leader in fractional ownership and private aviation. Areas of operation include Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Each year an AirSprint award is given to one graduate. In addition to other benefits, the award includes a job with AirSprint.


Porter Airlines




Porter Airlines is a regional airline that flies in Canada and the United States. Porter offers students a mentorship program to assist students in the transition after graduation.

The Aviation Partnership Council

The Aviation Partnership Council is made up of a variety of industry members and alumni. The MRU Aviation program is well supported by these partners and they are a strong support to our program. We work with these partners to incorporate feedback into our continuous improvement plan.

Read about our Aviation Partnership Council.