M.S. in Unmanned Systems

Worldwide Embry-Riddle Masters Aeronautical Science

Unmanned systems range from small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) used to explore volcanoes and other dangerous environments to robotic rovers operating on distant planetary bodies, all with the common goal of ensuring safe, efficient, and effective operations. The Master of Science in Unmanned Systems (MSUS) degree provides students with an education focused on the application, development, and management of unmanned systems, policies and regulations, and related technology necessary to support the growing and dynamic needs of the industry.

This program supports the growth, innovative development, and effective use of unmanned system technology across the respective domains (air, space, ground, and maritime) to address major challenges within the industry, including interoperability, autonomy, airspace integration, communications, education and training, propulsion and power, teaming, and regulation.

The MSUS provides an interactive learning environment to acquire and apply knowledge, work in independent and team settings, communicate across a geographically and experientially diverse population, and assume leadership roles, which represent the fundamental skills necessary to establish or advance a successful career in today’s competitive and collaborative working environment.

Program-Specific Criteria

Prerequisite Knowledge

Subject knowledge for a specific graduate course must be satisfied before enrollment in that course is permitted. Students may enroll in graduate level courses only if they meet prerequisite knowledge requirements. Graduate level prerequisite courses taken with ERAU must be completed with a grade of B or better.

Applicants for admission to the Master of Science in Unmanned Systems (MSUS) program must have prerequisite knowledge in the following areas:

  • Quantitative Methods

Students should assume responsibility to see that prerequisites are satisfied. The prerequisite subject knowledge for a specific graduate course must be satisfied before enrollment in that specific course is permitted. Students may enroll in other graduate level courses as they meet any specific prerequisite knowledge required.

The prerequisite knowledge can be validated through one of the following:

  1. Completed an undergraduate or graduate course in each of the specific subject areas and upon validation of the course from an official transcript;-OR-
  2. Completed a course listed in either the National or ACE Guide for which academic credit in one of the specific subject areas is recommended; -OR-
  3. Received at least the minimum recommended score on a CLEP, DSST/DANTES, PEP, etc. exam in each of the subject areas as required.



ASCI 531Robotics and Control3
UNSY 501Application of Unmanned Systems3
UNSY 601Unmanned Systems Command, Control, and Communications3
UNSY 605Unmanned Systems Sensing, Perception, and Processing3
UNSY 610Unmanned Systems Autonomy and Automation3
UNSY 615Unmanned Systems Power, Propulsion, and Maneuvering3
RSCH 665Statistical Analysis3
RSCH 670Research Methods3
UNSY 691Graduate Capstone Course3
Total Credits27


Select one elective concentration from the following areas (includes three specific courses per):
Total Degree Requirements36


Unmanned Aerospace Systems (UAS) Concentration

ASCI 530Unmanned Aerospace Systems3
ASCI 637Unmanned Aerospace Systems Operations and Payloads3
ASCI 638Human Factors in Unmanned Aerospace Systems3

Aeronautics and Design Concentration

ASCI 509Advanced Aerodynamics3
ASCI 515Aviation/Aerospace Simulation Systems3
ASCI 623Aircraft Design and Development3

Human Factors Concentration

ASCI 634Aviation/Aerospace Psychology3
ASCI 638Human Factors in Unmanned Aerospace Systems3
ASCI 660Sensation and Perception3

Space Systems Concentration

ASCI 511Earth Observation and Remote Sensing3
ASCI 512Space Mission and Launch Operations3
ASCI 601Applications in Space: Commerce, Defense, and Exploration3

Safety/Emergency Response Concentration

SFTY 540Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response3
ASCI 618Aviation/Aerospace Safety Program Management3
SFTY 630System Safety Programs3

Operations Concentration

ASCI 606Global Air Traffic Control and Management3
ASCI 637Unmanned Aerospace Systems Operations and Payloads3
ASCI 645Airport Operations and Management3

 Education Concentration

ASCI 550Aviation Education Foundations3
ASCI 614Advanced Aviation/Aerospace Curriculum Development3
ASCI 654Adult Teaching and Learning Techniques3

Aviation/Aerospace Management Concentration

BUSW 500Business Foundations3
MGMT 524Management Science3
MGMT 651Production and Procurement in the Aviation and Aerospace Industry3

Aviation/Aerospace Research Concentration

ASCI 530Unmanned Aerospace Systems3
ASCI 638Human Factors in Unmanned Aerospace Systems3
ASCI 643Management of Research and Development for the Aviation/Aerospace Industry3

Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Operation Concentration

Students declaring the sUAS Operation Concentration or registering for courses within it must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be physically located within the U.S. when registering for and while participating in the UNSY 520 course. Students must contact their Academic Advisor regarding additional cost, possible travel, and FAA Testing, prior to enrolling in the first course of this concentration, UNSY 515. Those already in possession of an FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot certificate, prior to starting the concentration, may complete ASCI 530, in lieu of UNSY 515 to ensure sufficient credit, research experience, and topical exposure.

UNSY 515sUAS Operation Fundamentals3
UNSY 520sUAS Practical Application and Assessment3
UNSY 620sUAS Operational Planning and Safety Management3