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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. Gain the skill set and connections to go directly from program to employment.

Airline partnership programs — our airline partnerships provide students with direct access to mentorship, experiential learning and interview possibilities.


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 training for a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) with multi-engine and instrument ratings.

Be equipped to handle the role of a pilot, both in the air and on the ground, with a combination of aviation and business theory. Learn advanced concepts applicable to airplane and charter companies while building connections with MRU’s airline partners: Jazz, WestJet, Porter, AirSprint, Sunwing and Canadian North. 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.

Career possibilities

  • Commercial, charter or corporate pilot
  • Airline administrator
  • Flight instructor
  • Medical evacuation (MedEvac) pilot
  • Agricultural spraying pilot
  • Pipeline and fire patrol pilot
  • Canadian Armed Forces pilot
  • Aerial surveillance

Admission requirements and costs

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Dr. Kelly Williams-Whitt (dean of the Faculty of Business and Communications Studies), Deanna Weibe (academic director and chief flight instructor of MRU Aviation), Michael Rodyniuk (Canadian North CEO and Mount Royal alumnus) and Jason Kilabuk (Canadian North’s director of Inuit employment) stand together at a podium.

MRU partners with Canadian North to train Inuit pilots

Partnership 'aligns with commitment to Truth and Reconciliation.'

MRU airplanes sitting outside the hangar.

The runway ahead

Mount Royal's aviation program is helping to fill major gaps in the market.

Tim Rahilly, PhD, president and vice-chancellor at MRU, Demitrios Nicolaides, PhD, minister of advanced education, Ashleigh Morrow, second-year MRU aviation student, Jennifer Bue, interim chief financial officer at WestJet Group and Richard Gotfried, MLA for Calgary-Fish Creek.

Gov funding supports MRU aviation

More students set to take flight with new bursary and proposed program.

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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, a Bachelor of Aviation Management and a diploma in Aviation.

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