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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 program tailored for aviation professionals. Launched in 2010, the program combines the academic excellence of the Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) with highly practical and timely IATA content. Spanning the full scope of aviation business issues, it offers a unique opportunity to gain specialized training and full academic credit.

Take a broad and critical view of the global aviation business with this executive program from the University of Geneva and IATA Training. Designed for working professionals, the Diploma of Advanced Studies in Aviation Management offers a unique combination of academic and industry expertise, and can be pursued on a part-time basis.

Delivery methods

The courses will take place in a block format comprised of four blocks. Three virtual modules are 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 2018-2019

Block 1
Welcome Session | 18 August 2018
Module 1 | Airline Business Foundation | 19 - 21 August 2018
Module 2 | Air Transportation Economics | 23 - 25 August 2018
Module 3 | Air Cargo Management | 27 - 29 August 2018
Module 4 | Project Management | 24 September - 25 November 2018 | Online

Block 2
Module 5 | Airport Business Management | 26 - 28 November 2018
Module 6 | Airline Finance and Accounting Management | 29 November - 1 December 2018
Module 7 | Managing a Travel Business | 7 January - 17 March 2019 | Online

Block 3
Module 8 | Safety Management Systems for Civil Aviation | 18 - 20 March 2019
Module 9 | Aviation Security Management | 21 - 23 March 2019
Module 10 | Aviation and the Environment | 15 April - 23 June 2019 | Online

Block 4
Module 11 | Managing Across Cultures | 24 - 26 June 2019
Module 12 | International Air Law | 27 - 29 June 2019

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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