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Program highlights

Aviation student executive — get involved in events and fundraising and connect with others in the aviation community.

Research opportunities ― pursue impactful scholarly research to benefit our communities and advance the reputation of the Bissett School of Business.

Start your career immediately — our grads are sought after in the airline industry with a track record of a one hundred percent employment rate for students who enter the second year of the program

Aviation is a career like no other. Mount Royal’s two-year Aviation diploma is one of Canada’s elite Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) accredited programs, integrating academic preparation with flight simulator training for a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) with multi-engine and instrument ratings.

Learn aviation and business theory, while building connections with MRU’s airline partners: Jazz, WestJet, Porter, AirSprint, and Sunwing. Understand how to fly in single and two-pilot operations using crew resource management skills.

Graduate as a highly-trained pilot, with a minimum of 200 hours of flying time, ready for a career in your field. Enter an industry where the qualifications of Mount Royal Aviation graduates are well-known.

A Canadian Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is required for entry into this program and must be completed by Aug. 31. The Mount Royal University Aviation PPL program is offered annually beginning in February. Applications for this program can be obtained by contacting aviation@mtroyal.ca beginning in October.

Career possibilities

  • Commercial pilot
  • Airline administrator
  • Flight instructor
  • Courier company pilot
  • Corporate pilot with charter airlines
  • Pipeline and fire patrol pilot
  • Canadian Armed Forces pilot

Admission requirements and costs

Curriculum and courses



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.


Information about program offerings, admission requirements and the application process can be answered by a recruitment officer.

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Mount Royal Aviation diploma students and leaders from WestJet and the stairs leading up to a airplane.

Soaring to new heights

Mount Royal aviation students receive mentorship and resource sharing with WestJet

Horizon Award winner and Aviation diploma alumna Ashley Black flying a plane.

Mount Royal Alum receives Horizon Award

Ashley Black receives Horizon Award at the 2013 Legacy Award Gala

Mount Royal representative signing the partnership agreement with Sunwing

Sunwing Airlines partnership

Mount Royal Aviation program calibre recognized

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Bissett School of Business

Mount Royal is pleased to offer seven Bachelor of Business Administration degrees, including majors in General Management, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, International Business, Marketing, Supply Chain Management and a diploma in Aviation.

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