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Master of Science in
Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems Engineering

This innovative program is among the first — and still one of the few — that allows students to focus on the engineering of unmanned and autonomous systems.

As technology continues to push the boundaries of the aerospace industry, the use of uncrewed systems has become increasingly popular and essential. If you're passionate about this technological revolution and interested in furthering your career, then our online Master of Science in Uncrewed & Autonomous Systems Engineering is likely the perfect fit for you!

Leading the Charge in Uncrewed Systems

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a pioneering institution in uncrewed systems and robotics education. In the Master of Science in Uncrewed & Autonomous Systems Engineering, a student’s prior engineering education combined with an interest in uncrewed system usage is the ideal combination to help them take their career to the next level.

Whether students are recent graduates or working professionals, this degree will help them transition into new, exciting roles in the emerging field of uncrewed systems. Students graduate with expert knowledge and are ready to spearhead growth and development in their careers.

In this program, students complete coursework in system safety, system architecture and modeling, system engineering and design, system control and human factors, all with the goal of ensuring that students are equipped with the right skill set and knowledge to design, develop and operate uncrewed systems using complex technology. This degree program is designed to unleash your creativity and ingenuity to develop uncrewed systems that can perform tasks in the desired environment.

On top of technical coursework, students in this program will graduate having fine-tuned their communication, teamwork, leadership and networking skills, all necessary and beneficial on the path to success in any field.

Careers in Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems Engineering

According to a study by the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International, more than 100,000 uncrewed aerial systems jobs are projected by 2025. Graduates work in many industries, including military, government, energy, transportation, telecommunications and even entertainment.

The M.S. in Uncrewed & Autonomous Systems Engineering teaches students the skills they’ll need to work as an engineer in the field, and the potential uncrewed systems they’ll encounter are vast and varying in function and appearance.

There are uncrewed systems that dive into otherwise unreachable depths of the ocean, uncrewed systems that work to study and fight forest fires, uncrewed aircraft that take beautiful sweeping landscape videos or even uncrewed spacecraft that get launched far beyond our atmosphere. The opportunities are endless and continue to expand as this field takes off in popularity and functionality.

A Multi-Faceted Field

In this program, students have the option to choose the Uncrewed Aircraft Systems area of concentration, building a deep understanding of problems in the field through the development of an operational aircraft and control station. However, a concentration is not required for this degree.

Beyond the aircraft focus, students will study autonomous systems related to automobiles, marine vessels and spacecraft—varying facets of the uncrewed systems industry to give students applicable research and education experience in the field they wish to enter.


About Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems Engineering at the Worldwide & Online Campus

The Master of Science in Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems Engineering provides students with an education focused on gaining and applying the knowledge necessary for success within the unmanned systems industry. This 30-credit-hour program includes rigorous, multidisciplinary coursework designed to provide a flexible, online, graduate-level experience. Graduates will be prepared to join an emerging industry that designs, develops and supports systems capable of operating along the spectrum, from remotely controlled to fully autonomous systems.

Gain a Competitive Edge

Our comprehensive curriculum provides students with a systematic understanding of unmanned and autonomous systems. Through the coursework, students receive a diverse education, including core topics such as:

  • Addressing the needs and opportunities of the public and commercial (civil) communities through the development and design of unmanned systems and their associated elements (subsystems and components).
  • Examining and proposing innovative solutions to support evolving needs from the field, including compliance with design and operational requirements, enhancing system performance and adaptability, and integration of current and emerging technologies.
  • Participating in an interactive, inquiry-based learning approach to education, with significant opportunities to explore topics connected to personal goals.
  • Gaining specialized knowledge to support the development, application and advancement of the unmanned systems technology.
  • Attaining essential experience investigating and addressing design and development challenges within the industry, including integration, spectrum management, system performance and autonomy.
  • Developing and refining knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to identify trends, analyze requirements, develop strategies, recommend solutions, recognize opportunities for innovation and communicate clearly from a rich knowledge and experience base.
  • Learning and applying fundamental skills necessary for a successful career in today’s competitive and collaborative working environment.

The master’s in Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems Engineering culminates with a two-term capstone project in which students develop a technical solution to a critical, real-world challenge.

Master Your Field While Maintaining Your Career

With our flexible online platform, you can interact with professors and students on your schedule from anywhere in the world. Since the classes can be taken at your convenience, you can adjust your schedule to accommodate any career or family disruptions. No commute, no rigid classroom hours and no demanding schedule. Embry-Riddle provides an education designed to fit your needs.

If in-person learning is more your style, Embry-Riddle has 130 locations around the globe where you can attend classes and connect with peers. It’s your degree, on your own terms.


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