M.S. in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering

Worldwide Embry-Riddle MS Unmanned Automomous Systems EngineeringThe 30-credit, online Master of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering (MSUASE) program enables career establishment and advancement in a rapidly changing field through the development of innovative solutions operating along the spectrum of autonomy, including unmanned aircraft, autonomous cars, robotic surface and underwater vessels, spacecraft, and industrial robots. The degree is built on rigorous multidisciplinary coursework designed to provide a flexible, online, graduate educational option to develop and demonstrate knowledge attainment through project-based experiences. The curriculum features integration and application of concepts, protocols, and techniques in unmanned and autonomous systems: systems engineering, architecture, and design; safety and certification; requirements development analysis; modeling; command, control, and communication (C3); and human factors. Through the review of design, performance, and operational specifications to system testing and evaluation of end-to-end solutions, students gain comprehensive insight and practical experience affecting development, acquisition, fielding, and sustainment of unmanned system designs.

The MSUASE culminates in a two-term capstone project, conducted independently or in a team setting, to develop a technical solution to a critical real world challenge and leading to publication (e.g., conference paper, journal article, or technical report).

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. Applicants to the MSUASE program must meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree in an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET-EAC) accredited engineering program, international equivalent, or closely related engineering discipline.
    NOTE: Graduates of Embry-Riddle’s Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science (BSUASS), BS in Unmanned Systems Application (BSUSA), BS in Engineering Technology (BSET), and BS in Engineering (BSE) degree programs OR graduates of non-ERAU ABET-ETAC accredited programs may be admitted, conditionally, upon completion of undergraduate engineering courses requisite for knowledge and skills, to be specified at the time of admission.
  • Have superior academic records with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0;
  • Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; applicable to those without an ABET accredited or approved ERAU degree, as designated above);
  • Submit a complete application package, including resume, three (3) letters of recommendation, and statement of objectives
    NOTE: International applicants whose primary language is not English must also achieve the minimum score requirement of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test System (IELTS) as required by the University.



SYSE 500Fundamentals of Systems Engineering3
UASE 501Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems Design3
SYSE 505System Safety and Certification3
SYSE 530System Requirements Analysis and Modeling3
ASCI 531Robotics and Control3
UNSY 606Unmanned Systems Interoperability and Control3
SYSE 610System Architecture Design and Modeling3
ASCI 638Human Factors in Unmanned Aerospace Systems3
UASE 691Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Capstone Design Project I3
UASE 692Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Capstone Design Project II3
Total Degree Requirements30

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