When you want to make your mark in aviation, you need to speak from a place of authority. IATA’s academic programs provide the in-depth, aviation business-centric knowledge to enable you to be a driving force in any organization.

Aviation can sometimes seem like an industry for insiders. In the face of its complexity, you’ve seen that applying general business knowledge has its limits. To reach the next level in your aviation career or take a path toward an industry-shaping specialization, both you and the people you work with need to be sure you have a solid understanding of the workings and the stakes involved. 

Whatever your level and whatever your goals, through our partnerships with renowned universities worldwide, IATA has an academic program for you.

Explore our programs

Lead the aviation industry into tomorrow

The Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in Global Air Transport Management

Offered by IATA and the University of St Gallen for senior-level professionals

Lead your organization or department into the future, by gaining an in-depth understanding of every aspect of the ‘Aviation System’. Explore and analyze aspects in-depth, ranging from governance and strategy to sustainability and change management, zeroing in on operational priorities such as revenue management and network planning. Advance from insight to impact through unique hands-on simulations, and specially developed models and frameworks, designed to prepare you to deal confidently with crucial issues.

Be an airline performance guru

Master of Business Administration in Aviation

Offered by IATA and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - For mid- to senior-level professionals

Drive higher performance and leaner, healthier, more resilient airline operations, through global best-practice approaches, and concrete tools designed to optimize commercial gains and minimize associated costs and risks. Assess commercial challenges, and learn how to implement commercial strategies for greater profitability. Focusing on reducing costs and improving revenue, this program covers both modern general business concepts and the special intricacies of airlines.

Gain your wings in aviation management

Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in Aviation Management

Offered by IATA and the University of Geneva for junior to mid-level professionals

Acquire a solid foundation of aviation industry knowledge to face the challenges of today and plan for growth in the future. Reinforce your general management skills with aviation-oriented know-how, in line with your aspirations. Learn through practical content from IATA, covering a wide range of aviation management issues and skills, as well as from your peers in different roles and organizations throughout the industry.

Build your unique aviation leadership profile

Diploma in Leadership and Management

Offered by IATA and Harvard ManageMentor© - For junior to mid-level professionals

Grow your management, leadership and aviation competence with two of the established names in these domains, through this self-study diploma. Combine an airline, airport, cargo, ground operations, or travel and tourism specialization from IATA with 10 Harvard ManageMentor (HMM) modules. Choose from practical skills such as budgeting, giving feedback, or managing teams; strategic considerations, including diversity, ethics, and employee retention; and leadership abilities, like strategic thinking, decision making, and innovation, to create a winning skillset.

Sharpen your aviation focus

Certificate in Aviation Management

Offered by IATA and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - For junior-level to mid-level professionals

Prepare for greater responsibility in the aviation industry, by delving deeper into its function and role — at the speed that suits your goals and your available time, with this self-study program. Expand your knowledge of current air transport trends and issues, and understand the roles and functions of the different industry stakeholders and their interdependence. Develop your leadership and fundamental management skills to set yourself on the path to advancement. 

Looking for a specialization?

Master the US aviation legal environment

Diploma in US Aviation Law

Offered by IATA and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University- For lawyers and legal professionals

Tackle US legal and regulatory issues for aviation with confidence. Guide your company or client through contracts and agreements, insurance and claims, financing and leasing, with a thorough understanding of administrative law and international air law, as well as the roles of the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Comprising four courses, the diploma can be completed in a reduced time period to make you operational quickly.

Be an advocate for sector-wide solutions

Professional Certificate in Air Transportation Principles and Policy

Offered by IATA and Carleton University or junior to mid-level professionals

Understand how to shape or influence the economic framework that drives the air transport business, for the benefit of all stakeholders. Gain insight into the economic imperatives airlines, airport authorities and air navigation service providers face, and how government policy affects them. Delve into the objectives, pressures and assumptions of governments as they regulate their sector, to better appreciate the complexity of public policy-making and the conditions in which it occurs.

Champion aviation sustainability

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Environmental Sustainability in Aviation

 Offered by IATA and the University of Geneva for mid-to senior-level professionals

Enable your organization to lead responsibly, addressing environmental sustainability, while maintaining financial sustainability. Examine sustainability from multiple perspectives, and identify measures to achieve short-, medium- and long-term benefits. This program covers essential topics such as carbon offsetting and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), but also the human aspects of corporate social responsibility, organizational ethics and responsible leadership.

Establish yourself in air cargo

Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Offered by IATA and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - For junior to mid-level professionals

Position yourself for success in the growth business that is air cargo — as fast as you want to go. Study according to your own timetable to gain a thorough understanding of supply chain strategies and logistics systems for moving goods by air. Build a solid foundation in logistics and the operations of shippers, freight forwarders and airlines, and in air cargo rating principles, standards and regulations. Earn a recognized diploma in just one year.

Aviation organizations around the world trust our academic programs to form industry leaders

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Need to get the support of your organization to enrol in a program?

Download our guide on how to ask your employer for sponsorship