MANKATO — Minnesota State University has a new reason to attract future aviators.
The university recently earned accreditation from the Aviation Accreditation Board International for its undergraduate aviation program, which trains future commercial airline pilots.
MSU is the only higher education institution in the state with an aviation program.
MSU’s aviation department is contracted through North Star Aviation, which provides instruction along with three types of commercial airplanes and flight simulators.
The aviation program offers four-year bachelor’s degrees in aviation with a concentration in either professional flight or aviation management, which includes other areas outside commercial flight such as air traffic control and airport management.
There are 176 students in MSU’s aviation program this fall, up 110 students from four years ago.