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Master of Science in
Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Engineering

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

Embry-Riddle is a pioneering institution in unmanned and robotics education. In the Master of Science in Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Engineering, a student’s prior engineering education and interest in unmanned flight is the ideal combination to 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 burgeoning field of unmanned systems.

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

Students benefit from small class sizes and hands-on learning as they proceed through the Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Engineering curriculum.

In this program, students have the option to choose the Unmanned 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, surface and undersea marine vessels, and spacecraft.


About Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Engineering at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

Housed in the College of Engineering, the M.S. in Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Engineering is one of the first — and still one of the few — programs to offer the opportunity to study the engineering of unmanned and autonomous systems. This master's program prepares students to work in an industry developing systems that operate along a spectrum of autonomy, from unmanned aircraft and autonomous cars to robotic surface water and underwater vessels, spacecraft and industrial robots.

  • A typical first year will include core classes such as Modern Control Systems and Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicle Systems, plus advisor-approved electives.
  • This is a 30-credit program, including a 15-credit core and 15 elective credits. These credits may consist of coursework, coursework and a capstone project completed individually or with a team, or a thesis.
  • Students will have access to the highly specialized labs and facilities within the College of Engineering.

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