West Virginia University’s Institute of Technology and FlightSafety International have launched a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management degree program.

The first class gets underway this month. Students in the program take WVU’s business, management, aviation and general education curriculum online. At the same time, they enter FlightSafety Academy’s professional pilot training program in Vero Beach, Florida, to become certified in single- and multi-engine aircraft and earn commercial ratings.

Prospective candidates holding pilot certificates can receive credit for the qualifications under certain conditions. Upon graduation, students can work as flight instructors at the Florida facility, which helps them gain the 1,500 flight hours needed to be hired by most airlines. They also have access to FlightSafety’s Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program.