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IATA - University of Geneva Advanced Studies in Aviation Management

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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 career.

Thanks to our particular blend of innovative teaching methods and 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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Delivery methods

The courses will take place in four blocks of classroom modules and 3 virtual modules, scheduled between the University of Geneva and IATA Training, Geneva. Participants will be required to travel to Geneva four times to complete the 12 courses. The courses are conducted jointly by IATA instructors and university professors.

Aviation Management Program Schedule 2019-2020

August Session 2019
Welcome Session | 17 August 2019
Airline Business Foundation | 18-20 August 2019
Air Transportation Economics | 22-24 August 2019
Air Cargo Management | 26-28 August 2019

November Session 2019
Airport Business Management | 25-27 November 2019
Airline Finance and Accounting Management | 28-30 November 2019

March Session 2020
Safety Management Systems for Civil Aviation | 16-18 March 2020
Aviation Security Management | 19-21 March 2020

June Session 2010
Managing Across Cultures | 15-17 June 2020
International Air Law | 27 - 29 June 2019

Online courses
Project Management | 23 September-22 November 2019 | Online
Managing a Travel Business | 13 January-13 March 2020 | Online
Aviation and the Environment | 14 April-12 June 2020 | 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.

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 learnt 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 an 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.

What will you 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

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