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Master of Science in
Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Engineering

Embry-Riddle has been a pioneering institution in the field of unmanned and robotics education. Now with 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, a master’s degree in this engineering field will help them transition into new, exciting roles in the burgeoning field of unmanned flight.

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

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

If so inclined, a student may choose the Unmanned Aircraft Systems area of concentration, building a deep understanding of problems in the field through development of an operational aircraft and control station. A concentration is not required for this graduate program. 

Beyond the aircraft focus, students will study unmanned systems related to automobiles, surface and undersea marine vessels, and spacecraft.


About Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Engineering at the Worldwide & Online Campus

The Master of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering provides students with an education focused on gaining and applying knowledge necessary for success within the unmanned systems industry. The 30-credit-hour degree program includes rigorous, multidisciplinary coursework designed to provide a flexible, online, graduate-level experience. This program prepares graduates for 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 guides students into 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 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 opportunity 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 clearly communicate from a rich knowledge and experience base
  • Learning and applying fundamental skills necessary to establish or advance a successful career in today’s competitive and collaborative working environment

The degree 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.


30 Credits

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