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Associate of Science in
Uncrewed Systems

Embry-Riddle's Associate of Science in Uncrewed Systems prepares students with the foundational knowledge they need to thrive in the uncrewed systems industry.

Why Uncrewed Systems?

Tailored to meet a growing demand for professionals in the uncrewed systems industry, the Associate of Science in Uncrewed Systems program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University equips students with the practical skills and knowledge they need to succeed in this exciting and innovative field. Students will learn about the design, operation and maintenance of uncrewed systems, become familiar with task-oriented environments and learn about the legal considerations that come with their use.

With an interdisciplinary focus that promotes student knowledge and experience in multiple facets of the uncrewed systems industry and the cross-domain applicability of uncrewed systems in land, sea, sky and space, this program allows students to explore the truly fascinating field of uncrewed systems and find the niche that best aligns with their goals.

After building a strong foundation in the operational and technical aspects of uncrewed systems usage, students will be ready to pursue advanced programs or career paths and prosper in the field.

Career Readiness

Composed of 60 credit hours, our A.S. in Uncrewed Systems provides students with the foundation necessary for achievement and development in the field as well as offers students the opportunity to develop a nuanced understanding of the roles and functions of uncrewed systems now and in the future. Students who complete this program have taken a strong step in the direction of success and are well-prepared for employment or further education.

Career Outlook

Reports from the International Civil Aviation Organization state that the uncrewed systems industry will grow from $11 billion in 2022 to $29 billion in 2027, promising strong growth and dynamic career opportunities. Professionals in the field of uncrewed systems can find jobs with national space agencies, the military, commercial aviation corporations, surveying and environmental preservation groups, news stations and so much more.

Upon completion of the A.S. in Uncrewed Systems, students can dive straight into their career path or continue along their higher education journey, with Embry-Riddle itself offering an online bachelor's degree in Unmanned Systems Applications and in-person bachelor's programs for Unmanned Aircraft Systems on both residential campuses. On top of this, Embry-Riddle offers two master’s programs in the field: Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Engineering and Unmanned Systems.

Campus Benefits

The Associate of Science in Uncrewed Systems is housed in the Undergraduate Department in the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle's Worldwide Campus. The Campus has earned the following distinctions:

  • Ranked #2 by U.S. News & World Report in 2022 for Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs for Veterans
  • Ranked #1 by Online School Center in 2021 for Most Technologically Savvy Online Schools
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide undergraduate programs are ranked #2 in the nation among nearly 360 institutions by U.S. News & World Report

At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, students have connections to top industry organizations and unparalleled access to advanced technology and research. Apply to our Associate of Science in Uncrewed Systems program today to set yourself on a path to lifelong learning and success!




About Uncrewed Systems at the Worldwide & Online Campus

Embry-Riddle's Worldwide Campus is dedicated to providing online, flexible degree options that engage, inspire and excite students. Worldwide students at Embry-Riddle, despite often completing much of their degree online, have unique opportunities to create and sustain meaningful connections among their peers, professors and even industry professionals.

Embry-Riddle's Associate of Science in Uncrewed Systems is a 60-credit hour program that specializes in teaching students the foundations of uncrewed systems usage, with the goal of producing knowledgeable and capable graduates who perform exceptionally in their professional roles after program completion.


In the Uncrewed Systems program, students learn to:

  • Understand and apply the fundamentals of uncrewed systems, including the technological, economic, legal, social, political and environmental aspects of uncrewed systems operations.
  • Analyze, compare and contrast uncrewed systems to evaluate systems elements, configurations and operational criteria supporting applications within various environments online from anywhere in the world.
  • Apply performance criteria to solve operational problems such as task-oriented asset and payload selection and distinction of design criteria.


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