IATA - University of Geneva Advanced Studies in Aviation Management


IATA and the University of Geneva have partnered to offer a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in Aviation Management tailored for professionals from the dynamic and international aviation industry. The DAS Aviation Management enables tomorrow’s aspiring aviation leaders to face the challenges of today while planning for growth in the future without interrupting their careers.

Thanks to our particular blend of innovative teaching methods and a strong alumni network, the participants gain highly relevant knowledge and expertise to cope with future management challenges. This unique program offers the opportunity to gain specialized training with full academic accreditation, a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience!

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Diploma code: DIPL-37

Delivery methods

The courses will take place in four blocks and will be conducted online jointly by IATA instructors and university professors.

Aviation Management Program Schedule 2020-2021

All our courses will be held online

August Session 2020
Welcome Session | 21 August 2020 | Online
Module 1: Airline Business Foundation | 23-25 August 2020 | Online
Module 2: Leading Across Cultures | 27-29 August 2020 | Online
Module 3: Air Cargo Management | 31 August - 2 September 2020 | Online
Module 4: Project Management | 26 October - 30 October 2020 | Online

November Session 2020
Module 5: Airport Business Management | 23-25 November 2020 | Online
Module 6: Air Transportation Economics | 26-28 November 2020 | Online
Module 7: Managing a Travel Business | 25-29 January 2021 | Online

March Session 2021
Module 8: Safety Management Systems for Civil Aviation | 15-17 March 2021 | Online
Module 9: Aviation Security Management | 18-20 March 2021 | Online
Module 10: Aviation and the Environment | 26-30 April 2021 | Online

June Session 2021
Module 11: Airline Finance and Accounting Management | 7-9 June 2021 | Online
Module 12: International Air Law and Passenger Rights | 10-12 June 2021 | Online

Three options for earning ECTS credits

  • Executive certificates for individual three-day courses – 3 credits
  • University of Geneva Aviation Management Program – 36 credits
  • Executive MBA specialized in Aviation Management – 90 credits (including 18 credits for the MBA project)

Contact Information

For more information about executive certificates, Aviation Management Program and the Executive MBA please fill out the request form.

What you will learn

Participants will gain in-depth understanding of the complexities involved in aviation economics, finance and regulatory issues. Additionally, the courses will explore international air law and strategic alliances programs, alongside quality management and control.

This aviation-program has four main objectives to improve your performance working in or with the aviation sector. It will:

  • Provide you with an overall understanding of the aviation industry
  • Equip you with the management tools that allow you to analyze your business environment
  • Map the main financial drivers in the industry
  • Help you to identify, analyze and offer solutions to everyday challenges


Claudia Candea Independent Consultant and Trainer
This is an excellent program! Challenging yet effectively carried out by experts in the aviation industry as well as university professors. The courses have high-quality content and an engaging delivery.Varied professional and cultural backgrounds in my class contributed to interesting and focused discussions and exchanges. The courses cover many areas of the aviation industry thus giving me in-depth knowledge and tools to use in my future professional career.

Hasan Al Hammadi Senior Vice President Executive Affairs, Etihad Airways
The program is an excellent umbrella for any individual at any given level in the industry. It gives high value based upon industry best practices, which is conveyed through the facilitators and participants alike. As much experience as we may possess there is always room to learn from each other and this program has not only facilitated that exchange of knowledge but has also been an ‘eye-opener’ for all of us.

Qihua Lin Senior Aeronautical Charts Specialist, Lufthansa Systems Flight Nav AG
This program has broadened my horizons into the various aspects of the aviation industry. New concepts were learned and old concepts reinforced. The rich mixture of students from various backgrounds ensures that the teaching is not dominated by only the lecturer, but enables the students to learn from one and other. Also, it provides students with the opportunity of expanding their networks with people within the aviation industry - from all corners of the world. Furthermore, the Diploma is credited towards my Executive MBA at the University of Geneva. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who seeks personal enrichment.

Sabrina Weber Air Transportation Specialist, DERTOUR GmbH & Co. KG
On one hand participation in this program provides us with theoretical knowledge from the IATA instructors and university professors. On the other hand, my classmates originate from different countries and continents with different professional backgrounds, and therefore we are additionally learning from each other´s experiences and real business situations in an international setting. This program definitely requires your full engagement and many efforts but it is a worthwhile investment in your future.

Giulio Leucci Vice President. Aeroporti do Roma - Edizione s.r.l ( Part of the Benetton Group)
The program offers in-depth preparation for people involved in civil aviation industry fields. The combination of high-quality instructors and diversity of backgrounds among the students makes class; both stimulating and valuable. Moreover, the combination of IATA's professional environment and the academic leadership of the University of Geneva gives the program a unique advantage. Finally, having been selected to complete the full MBA program, I feel that this course of studies will allow me to reach the highest level of competency in managing the airport business.

Requirements and registration

The Advanced Studies in Aviation Management program will meet four times per year in Geneva. The total cost for the program (12 modules) is USD18,000. You can also validate previously taken IATA courses toward this University of Geneva certified diploma. Conditions apply.

The Advanced Studies in Aviation Management diploma can be validated as the second year of the University of Geneva Executive MBA

All candidates must complete a formal application

Requirements for this program:

  • Three (3) years of relevant professional experience
  • Strong command of both written and spoken English
  • A university or equivalent degree is recommended

Required courses

Air Cargo Management - University of Geneva (Classroom, 3 days)

Learn the key elements necessary to manage a successful air cargo company.

  • English
  • Course

Air Transport Economics - University of Geneva (Classroom, 3 days)

Benefit from IATA's unique vantage point in air transport economics. Examine key issues and concepts including how regulatory and state policies affect the aviation value chain and airline profitability.

  • English
  • Course

Airline Business Foundations - University of Geneva (Classroom, 3 days)

Analyze various airline strategies and business models, and learn how they are managed and operated in a competitive global environment.

  • English
  • Course

Airline Finance and Accounting Management - University of Geneva (Classroom, 3 days)

Identify key elements in analyzing the financial performance of your airline.

  • English
  • Course

Airport Business Management - University of Geneva (Classroom, 3 days)

Learn how to strategize marketing opportunities and competitive threats, and achieve goals by using performance management systems.

  • English
  • Course

Aviation and the Environment - University of Geneva

Understand aviation environmental challenges and responses by drawing on best practices developed within the industry.

  • English
  • Course

Aviation Security Management - University of Geneva (Classroom, 3 days)

Gain knowledge of aviation security from a management perspective and explore the issues facing Aviation Security Service management.

  • English
  • Course

Managing a Travel Business - University of Geneva

Understand the key roles and activities in running a travel distribution business and learn travel management principles and strategies.

  • English
  • Course

Leading Across Cultures - University of Geneva (Classroom, 3 days)

Discuss cultural biases and develop and apply a culture model at various levels; understand how culture impacts management practice.

  • English
  • Course

Project Management - University of Geneva

Learn how to develop a project management plan, define scope, and determine project requirements.

  • English
  • Course

Safety Management Systems (SMS) for Civil Aviation - University of Geneva

Take on board the key safety management principles, and those of accident prevention and related human factors.

  • English
  • Course

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