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Sinclair college

I have interest in becoming a pilot. I am going to ATP in the future, but I got accepted into Sinclair University for a Bachelor in Aviation. Is that good in the eyes of major airlines like Southwest Delta United ect ect?

Brandon,

The majors want to see a bachelors degree. It can be in anything. No brownie points for an aviation degree either.

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Tory

Brandon,

I’ve actually never heard of Sinclair but as Tory said, the airlines neither desire nor require an aviation degree. More important in addition to getting a degree that you don’t really need (other than the degree part) you’re also not providing yourself with any backup should flying not work out for any reason.

It’s always a good idea to have a Plan B and also 30yrs from now when you’re a bored senior Capt only working 10 days a month you can use that degree in _________ and write a book, open a business, teach…

Adam

ive had people say major airlines require a degree

Brandon,

They do but they do not require an aviation degree nor do they prefer one.

Adam

Brandon,

I have never heard of Sinclair University. That does not mean that it is not a decent school, but they are certainly not one of the big names in aviation.

That being said, the majors just want to see a four year degree, the field of study does not matter one bit. It really does not matter one bit if you have an aviation degree or not. In fact, I would encourage you to get a degree in some other than aviation so you can have something to fall back, should you ever need to.

Chris

Brandon,
Sinclair university is fine as long as it’s a reputable and accredited university. The majors do in fact require a degree but it doesn’t need to be in aviation. As others have said, it’s almost wasted money and time just to check the box to “have a degree”. You might as well get a degree that could give you opportunities if needed to fall back on.

-Hannah