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

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.

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


Admission and completion requirements

Admission requirements

Graduation from secondary school is required for admission to the Program as well as 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 a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (213 Computer Based TOEFL, 79-80 Internet Based TOEFL) or a minimum of TOEIC score of 755.

Completion requirements

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.

Application to graduate: DBA Online form | PDF

Career options

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



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 only an estimate. Total program fees will vary depending on course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application dates

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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.