Earn your business diploma — and start your pilot's license — in less than a year.

You want to be a high flyer, but keep your feet on the ground. With the Diploma in Business Administration (DBA)–Aviation, you can do both. In just nine months, earn a prestigious university business diploma tailored to the needs of the aviation industry while working on your private and/or commercial pilot license. You may also be eligible for a Canada Student Loan. If you've recently graduated high school and want to become a commercial pilot, this program is for you!


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Program description

The University of Victoria, in cooperation with the Victoria Flying Club, offers the Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) – Aviation Option. This program’s unique schedule gives students the chance to combine a flight training program of their choice with the Diploma in Business Administration.

In the Aviation industry, employers look for employees who are not just trained pilots, but who can offer superior business and judgement skills as well. The UVic Business Diploma adds attractive post-secondary credentials to a student’s resume and helps to advance their career by making them a competitive candidate for any job. Pilots do more than fly aircraft; they are active problem solvers and decision-makers and the best are skilled in business management, team building and crew resource management. A competent pilot must also be able to communicate professionally and clearly with crew members, passengers and air traffic control. All of these topics and more are covered in the DBA – Aviation program.

The DBA-Aviation is made up of 14 courses. Full-time classes are held at the University of Victoria, or an off-campus classroom or at the Victoria International Airport, over a nine-month period. Tuition is for the academic portion of the program only.

Who is this program for?

This program would be of interest to:

  • students graduating (or recently graduated from) high school who wish to become commercial airline pilots
  • students who want to take their flight instruction from one of the flight schools in the region and at the same time complete the academic Diploma in Business Administration

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Program partners

The Victoria Flying Club

Career options

Some of our learners pursue careers in the following roles:
  • Flight Instructor
  • Commercial Airline Pilot
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Airport Administrator



Additional program information

Courses & fees

To qualify for the University of Victoria's Diploma in Business Administration- Aviation Option, candidates are required to successfully complete a set curriculum of 14 courses.

Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $500.00
Program tuition fees for Canadian students ($9750 for International Students) $7,700.00
Textbook costs for full program $1,000.00
Estimated Total $9,200.00*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application information

Admission requirements

  • Graduation from secondary school
  • A desire for a career in aviation
  • If your first language is not English, you will be asked to prove evidence of fluency in English through the submission of an IELTS score of minimum 6.0, or TOEFL score of 550 (80 Internet Based TOEFL).

How to apply

Students may apply by completing the PDF or online program application forms. Students must also submit required supplementary documents such as transcripts, resumes, letters and/or record of English fluency by mail or email.


Application dates

Starting in
August 2020
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