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University programs in fields of aviation and aerospace

University-led education by province

January 16, 2019  By Wings Staff


Fraser Valley University | Fraser Valley
Completion of the program provides students with a university degree, private and commercial pilot licenses certified by Transport Canada, supplemented by both night and multi-engine instrument ratings. In fourth year, students have the option to specialize in either heavy jet transport operations or professional flight instruction. In the classroom, students gain knowledge necessary to pass Transport Canada examinations, cover human factors affecting pilot decision-making, and learn how to be a member of an airline crew. UFV provides an opportunity to finish this training in four years, when it can typically take up to six years to complete.



MacEwan University | Edmonton
MacEwan’s partnership with Transport Canda allows allows students to earn a Business Management diploma with a specialization in aviation management. To complete the Aviation major, students must apply to the Business Management program. Upon graduation students declare the Aviation major. Students can block transfer credits to the third year of MacEwan’s Bachelor of Commerce.

Mount Royal University | Calgary
Mount Royal University’s Aviation Diploma program combines an academic diploma with the flight training needed to become a commercial pilot. Students require a completed Private Pilot’s License 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. The fleet, located at the school’s Springbank Hangar at the nearby Springbank Airport, is equipped with the advanced GPS avionics. Mount Royal also provides simulator training on an ALSIM ALX Flight Training Device.


Carleton University | Ottawa
Carleton’s Aerospace Engineering program emphasizes the development of analytical, computational, and hands-on engineering and design skills related to the aerospace field. The broad range of topics and applications included in this discipline are covered in four main streams: Aerodynamics (aerospace propulsion and atmospheric flight); Aerospace Structures (lightweight vehicles for flight and space travel); Aerospace Electronics and Systems (aircraft control, communication and navigation systems); and Space Systems Design (astronautics and space/satellite technology). All four streams emphasize the development of practical and problem-solving skills based on hands-on laboratory and design work.

Ryerson University | Toronto
Ryerson’s Aerospace Engineering bachelor’s program provides students with the opportunity to study aerodynamics, stress analysis and structural design, flight mechanics, stability and control, aircraft performance, propulsion, avionics and systems. Students also learn to design, test, manufacture and maintain aircraft or spacecraft, as well as vehicles for transport on land and water. The program provides knowledge to work in fields involving commercial and military aircraft or spacecraft engineering; space exploration, teaching, research, military service; air transportation and space-based telecommunications. Pursue a graduate degree (MEng, MASc, PhD) in aerospace engineering.

University of Toronto | Toronto
Students who wish to study Aerospace Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto enroll in the four-year undergraduate Engineering Science program. In the first two years, this program emphasizes mathematics, chemistry, physics and computing. Towards the end of the second year of Engineering Science, students must select a speciality option for their third and fourth years of study. This includes an Aerospace Engineering option, taught primarily by UTIAS professors. UTIAS is the university’s graduate program focused on scientific exploration and aerospace research. UTIAS faculty members are international leaders in computational aerodynamics, micro and nanosatellites, combustion and propulsion, robotics for space and terrestrial applications, and in other fields of aerospace engineering.

University of Waterloo | Waterloo
Established in 2007, Waterloo’s Aviation program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and, working with the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre, a Commercial Pilot Licence. Welcoming approximately 45 new people each year, Students in the Aviation program have a choice of pursuing either the Geography and Aviation (BES) and Science and Aviation (BSc). In the BSc program students will have a further choice of specializing in either Earth Sciences or Physics or remaining in the broadly based unspecialized program. Students in the BES program will automatically receive a Geomatics option.

University of Windsor | Windsor
Windsor’s Aeronautics Leadership program combines a liberal arts and leadership-focused education with commercial flight training. Students enroll in a Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. This includes courses in arts, humanities, social sciences, business, science, and engineering. This is coupled with flight training run by industry partner Journey Air, at Windsor International Airport.

Western University | London
Western’s Commercial Aviation Management program allows students to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Studies, with specialized courses in aviation management. Within the program, students have the option to combine a degree with professional pilot flight training, ultimately receiving a Transport Canada approved Integrated Commercial Pilot’s License (ICPL) with Multi-Engine and Instrument Ratings.

York University | Toronto
The Space Engineering program at York’s Lassonde School of Engineering provides an Beng degree. It focuses on areas of study from orbit control and space-based optics to ground station communications and robotics. Students learn about the management of complex multidisciplinary projects, including missions within the solar system. The co-op program allows students to gain professional experience.


Concordia University | Montreal
Concordia’s Aerospace Engineering (BEng) program is offered by the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering, Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science. The program allows students to specialize in Aerospace and Propulsion, Aerospace Structures and Materials, or Avionics and Aerospace Systems. The program provides access to areas like mechanical, electrical, computer, and industrial engineering to the conception, design, implementation and operation of aerospace systems and processes.

Ecole Polytechnique | Montreal
Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal provides undergraduate and graduate Aerospace engineering programs. Students in the graduate program follow at least two specialization courses (with the exclusion of case studies) given by the other participating institutions. Candidates who successfully complete the professional master’s in Aerospace Engineering program obtain a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree.

McGill University | Montreal
Established in 1951, McGill’s Institute of Air & Space Law has trained more than. 1,000 specialists in air and space law from all over the world. Today, IASL graduates today serve in some 120 nations around the world. The program also holds a research arm called the Centre for Research in Air & Space Law.


Mount Allison University | Moncton
The Aviation program is a degree-level educational platform combining professional flight training. The flying portion of the program is offered through a partnership with Moncton Flight College. In the first year, students will take introductory courses in mathematics, computer science, physics and geography. Flight training begins in the second year, with students continuing to take three courses per term on campus and ground school training in second, third, and fourth year. Students complete more than 200 hours of flying and graduate with a Commercial Pilot Licence, multi-engine class rating and Group 1 instrument rating.


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