No, you do not need a degree to become a commercial airline pilot. However, it can give you an advantage when securing a job with a regional or major airline.
Regional airlines typically prefer an associate’s degree, whilst major airlines typically prefer a bachelor’s degree (in any field, not just aviation).
So whilst it is not compulsory to have a university degree before training to become a pilot it will open up more opportunities to work in the aviation industry.
At L3Harris Florida Flight School, we have partnered with Seminole State College of Florida (SSC) and Jacksonville University (JU) to provide airline pilot degrees which enable you to graduate with a degree and a pilot license.