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Master of Science in
Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Engineering

The master's degree allows students to focus on the engineering of unmanned and autonomous systems including drones and aircraft systems.

About the Master of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering

Embry‑Riddle is a pioneering institution in unmanned and robotics education. In the Master of Science in Unmanned and 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. 

Students benefit from small class sizes and hands-on learning as they proceed through the Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering curriculum. Beyond the aircraft focus, students will study autonomous systems related to automobiles and drones, surface and undersea marine vessels and spacecraft. 

Student Learning Outcomes

What you will learn while pursuing an Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering degree: 

  • Apply fundamental engineering practices to analyze, design and support the implementation and development of unmanned and/or autonomous systems
  • Apply knowledge of advanced topics in unmanned and autonomous systems engineering
  • Communicate effectively on issues pertaining to unmanned and autonomous systems 

Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering Career Opportunities

Careers and Employers

Autonomous Systems Engineering master's graduates often secure positions in fields such as automation engineering, software engineering, software verification engineering and 3D simulation engineering. 

UAS master's degree graduates tend to enter the industry with companies such as: 

  • Collins Aerospace 
  • Iris Automation 
  • DinoPlusAI 
  • Radiance Technlogies, Inc. 

Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering Salary Information

As of 2023, graduates with a degree in unmanned systems tend to receive competitive salaries, with an average income of $84,602 annually. 


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.  

The master's degree prepares students to work in an industry developing systems that operate along a spectrum of autonomy, from drones and autonomous robotics to surface water and underwater vessels and spacecraft. Students will have access to the highly specialized labs and facilities within the College of Engineering. 

Tracks/Specialties and/or Certificates

Students can customize their Autonomous Systems Engineering degree by choosing from these available tracks: 

  • Technical: 15 credits
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems: 15 credits
  • Systems Engineering: 15 credits

Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering Information

  • Credits: 30 
  • Online or In-Person: In-Person 
  • Thesis: Thesis, Capstone & Coursework Options 

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