M.S. in Uncrewed Systems

Students will:

  • Discuss the origination and subsequent trending of uncrewed and autonomous systems capabilities, components, and technology.
  • Describe the effects of legal and regulatory development on uncrewed system industry practices.
  • Investigate uncrewed systems platform and payload selection based on mission oriented goals.
  • Explain opportunities and threats associated with the use of uncrewed autonomous technologies across related industries.
  • Analyze and interpret data, through use of appropriate statistical methods, to support uncrewed systems application and operations.
  • Examine the viability of uncrewed and autonomous systems, based on current technologies, processes, and resources.
  • Predict how uncrewed and autonomous technologies will affect future markets.
  • Assess and synthesize data to address a evidenced knowledge gap or definable problem within the uncrewed systems industry.


MSA 534Application of Uncrewed Systems3
or UNSY 501 Application of Uncrewed Systems
MSA 535Current Issues in Uncrewed Systems3
or UNSY 502 Current Issues in Uncrewed Systems
MSA 538Legal and Regulatory Issues in Uncrewed Systems3
or UNSY 503 Legal and Regulatory Issues in Uncrewed Systems
MSA 625Uncrewed Systems Interoperability and Control3
or UNSY 606 Uncrewed Systems Interoperability and Control
MSA 635Uncrewed Systems Operational Configuration3
or UNSY 603 Uncrewed Systems Operational Configuration
Total Credits15

Research Core

MSA 662Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace3
MSA 670Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace3
Total Credits6

Research Project

Option 1
MSA 691Graduate Capstone Research Project3
Open Elective (See list below) *3
Option 2
MSA 700Thesis6
Total Credits6

Open Elective

Open Elective *
Earth Observation and Remote Sensing
Space Mission and Launch Operations
Aviation/Aerospace Simulation Systems
Robotics and Control
Leadership and Critical Decision Making in the Aviation Industry
Introduction to Research Methods and Statistical Analysis
Aircraft Maintenance Management
Aviation/Aerospace System Safety
Airport Certification and Operations Safety
Graduate Internship in Aeronautical Science

Open elective may be satisfied through any 500-600 level course, as approved by the program coordinator.

These additional three credits could be filled with a UAS-related elective course (approved by program coordinator), an approved internship, a portion of credits from the master's thesis requirements, or an additional statistics course for students.

UAS Program Development Specialization

MSA 624sUAS Operational Planning and Safety Management3
or UNSY 620 sUAS Operational Planning and Safety Management
MSA 554Project Management in Aviation Aerospace3
or ASCI 674 Project Management in Aviation/Aerospace
Total Credits Required33