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Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology

Available: Fall

Program Description

Seneca's Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology program is the only aviation technology-based degree program in Canada. We've been the national leader in aviation education for more than 40 years and, responding to emerging industry demands, we're now educating students at the degree level.

This program is Aviation Accreditation Board International accredited.

Our Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology program provides a rigorous aviation technology-based curriculum and the application of this theory to aviation. The breadth of knowledge and skills prepares you to operate safely in a complex aircraft, to understand the technologies and human factors that affect the successful operation of an aircraft and to assume the professional responsibility associated with being a commercial pilot.

You'll also learn business management, airport operations and planning, and air carrier administration to gain a "larger sense" of the aviation industry and ultimately access a greater variety of careers in the industry.


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Degree Structure
Year 1
Term 1 September: Semester 1
Term 2 January: Semester 2
Term 3 May: Intensive Flight Training
Year 2
Term 1 September: Semester 3 / Flight Training
Term 2 January: Semester 4 / Flight Training
Term 3 May: Intensive Flight Training or work-term
Year 3
Term 1 September: Semester 5 / Flight Training
Term 2 January: Semester 6 / Flight Training
Term 3 May: Intensive Flight Training or work-term
Year 4
Term 1 September: Semester 7 / Flight Training
Term 2 January: Semester 8 / Flight Training

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8 Semesters (4 Years)

Credential Awarded

Honours Bachelor Degree

Your Career

The Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology program puts you at the leading edge of aviation training. As a graduate of this program, you will be well positioned to compete in the global market as a professional pilot in general aviation and with regional air carriers, later progressing to corporate aviation and major airlines. The breadth and depth of the program mean that you could also pursue exciting careers in government regulatory agencies, airport authorities, flight test and evaluation, aircraft manufacture and marketing and the aviation insurance industry.

In addition to traditional technological and flight competencies, the aviation industry is increasingly demanding management and interpersonal skills. Our Crew Resource Management and Human Factors training help develop these competencies and the result is that this degree program is ideally positioned to meet the future requirements of the Canadian and global aerospace industry. Every year we’re graduating technically competent future managers and leaders.

Your career options will increase with experience and many graduates can expect a progression to management ranks over time. You'll also have the opportunity to pursue additional studies at the graduate level. Details on these opportunities are available from the Program Chair.

Work-Integrated Learning

Mandatory Degree Work Term

A work experience that includes at least one term in a formal work environment. The work term(s) may be a paid or unpaid position that is completed between two academic semesters and requires a minimum of 420 hours of work. Students must be in good standing and meet all identified requirements prior to participating in the work experience. The successful completion of the work term(s) is required for graduation.  Eligibility for participation does not guarantee that a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for the mandatory degree work term regardless of success in securing a work position.

Flight Training

This program is a Transport Canada approved Integrated Airline Transport Pilot training program that prepares students to be Commercial Airline Pilots. Intensive flight and simulator training is an integral part of this rigorous degree program. Eight semesters of flight training is a required component of the program. Two of these intensive training semesters will occur during the summer months.

Students who are unable to achieve a satisfactory rating in their flight training after a set number of attempts will be withdrawn from the Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology program and will be ineligible for re-admission. Please note that flight training is carried out seven days per week and students will be required to fly weekends during their training.

Promotion Policy

Attendance to all classes is a Transport Canada requirement for promotion. Students must pass all Transport Canada exams, which have higher pass grades.

RCAF Training

The Royal Canadian Air Force Pilot Training program provides subsidized Baccalaureate Degree level education for the Pilot Military Occupation (MOSID 00183).

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Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses with a minimum overall average of 65%, or a mature applicant (21 years or older and has been out of high school for a minimum of two years). Mature applicants should disclose all previous postsecondary transcripts which may be used for admission decisions.

Required courses - minimum final grade of 65% in each and minimum four-course average of 70%:

  • English: Grade 12 ENG 4 (U)
  • Calculus and Vectors: Grade 12 MCV 4 (U)
  • Functions: Grade 12 MHF 4 (U)
  • Physics: Grade 12 SPH 4 (U)

Applicants must meet Seneca English Proficiency requirements for degree programs.

Applicants will be ranked based on the strength of their academic performance. Admission to this program is highly competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.

Individuals who are offered admission must:

  • Pass a medical exam administered by a designated Transport Canada Aviation Medical Examiner; students must meet Transport Canada's Physical and Mental Requirements Category 1.
  • Pass a drug and alcohol test.
  • Not have any criminal convictions that would preclude them from holding an airport security clearance.


Persons holding a Commercial Pilot Licence may not be eligible for the Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology program. Contact the Program Chair for further information (see "Contact Us").


Although not required for admissions, Grade 11 (U) Chemistry is recommended for your success in the program.

It is common practice for the Aviation Industry to require police criminal checks and drug testing for employment.

In order for students to fly to the United States during their flight training, it is strongly recommended that students have a valid Canadian passport or a United States entrance visa.

Program Costs

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Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and Liberal Studies requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840 [email protected]
416.491.5050 ext. 22364 [email protected]

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Program Chair

Tony Appels 416.491.5050 ext. 44241 [email protected]


Seneca student Kaitlynn talks about a typical day for a Seneca College Aviation Technology student. Video

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Success Story

Martin Diaz

A day after graduating from Seneca’s Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology program, Martin Diaz was hired as a Boeing 727 Second Officer with Cargojet Airways, Canada's leading provider of air cargo services.

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