The Graduate Diploma in Aviation Management is designed for students who do not have a university degree but have at least one year of relevant industry experience. This program develops the necessary skills in managers and professionals to be effective in aviation management. You will learn entirely through distance education; the online courses are delivered through a secure learning and teaching website, meaning you do not need to attend any on-campus activities.

To complete this program, you must study four elective courses of your own choice. These could include courses covering operations and corporate management, law and regulation, security, accident prevention and more. ???�The program is 48 units of credit (or one-year full-time equivalent) and can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Students with appropriate education and/or professional experience may be eligible to complete the degree in less time. Students with full-time employment are recommended to undertake a part-time study load.

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Why choose this degree?

This degree is online, meaning you can organise it around your professional and personal life.

Who should choose this degree?

Students intending to bolster their professional qualifications and/or progress to the Master of Aviation Management choose this program.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Fleet Planner
  • Flight Crew Schedular
  • Aviation Maintenance Controller
  • Cargo Marketing Manager
  • Aviation Consultant
  • Aviation Revenue Manager
  • Aviation Operations Controller

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement to the Graduate Diploma in Aviation Management is at least 1 year of relevant industry experience*.

There are three entry groups to the GradDip AvMgmt. The entry groups are determined by the applicant's years of industry experience. Each entry group offers different amounts of advanced standing and therefore the total UoC to complete at UNSW is different for each group.

A minimum of 1 year of relevant industry experience is required to enter the program. If you have at least 2 years of relevant industry experience or advanced flying experience to ATPL then you may be credited with up to 12 UoC advanced standing. 5 or more years of industry experience may give you up to 24 UoC advanced standing. Remaining units must be completed at UNSW.

Examples of industry experience:

  • Advanced flying training (e.g. any holder of Command Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot Licence or Air Transport Pilot Licence)
  • Air traffic controller
  • Aviation legal practioner
  • Airline captain, first officer, second officer or line pilot
  • Business strategy analyst*Defence force personnel
  • Flying instructor
  • Flight attendant
  • Flight scheduler
  • Human factors analyst
  • Licence aircraft maintenance engineer, aircraft technician*Managerial role
  • Marketing and sales personnel
  • Network planner
  • Police and fire fighters
  • Research analyst
  • Revenue analyst
  • Flight dispatcher and load controller
  • Flight safety operations and risk management personnel

Applicants are to submit the following documents for assessment of entry:

  • CV
  • Evidence of work in Aviation industry and years of experience

Applicants with other relevant qualifications and experience not listed may apply for admission to this program as follows. This is in accordance with UNSW Policy and Procedure on Recognition Of Prior Learning. Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have achieved the same knowledge and skills (learning outcomes) through their formal or informal learning as the qualifications listed for entry for this program. Any relevant documentation should be attached to the application and will be considered by the Academic Coordinator for the Program.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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