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Aviation M.B.A.'s Take Off

Business schools target the aerospace and aviation industry with niche degrees, graduate certificates.

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Weber State developed the curriculum for its graduate certificate in aerospace management, which can be earned independently or in conjunction with an M.B.A., by meeting with officials from Hill Air Force Base and corporations such as Boeing, which has a large presence in Utah's job market, Stevenson says.

"Our campus is right on the doorstep of Hill Air Force Base," Stevenson says. "They had an interest in having this certificate as a nice first step in meeting their needs."

While Weber State doesn't offer a full-blown aerospace M.B.A. like the one at UT—Knoxville, it could quickly develop into one, Stevenson says.

"I think it has every chance of going that direction given the aerospace players in our community," he says. "It could turn out to be that way in five years."

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