M.S. in Unmanned Systems

Worldwide Embry-Riddle Masters Aeronautical Science

From self-driving cars to drone deliveries, unmanned systems are changing the way we live. To thrive in this environment, companies need leaders who understand the possibilities and challenges posed by unmanned systems.

If you work in the unmanned industry, the Master of Science in Unmanned Systems (MSUS) program will broaden your perspective, deepen your knowledge, and help you move to the next level in your career.

If you work in a field outside unmanned systems, the MSUS will build your knowledge base, help you understand the potential of unmanned technology in your own industry, and prepare you to be the expert on unmanned systems in your workplace.
In this program, you will:

  • Learn from instructors with real world industry, government, and research experience.
  • Network with students, alumni, and faculty with a passion for unmanned systems.
  • Learn the essentials of unmanned technology, including propulsion, control, communications, autonomy, sensing, and data processing.
  • Refine the critical skill of communicating complex technical material to a general audience.
  • Practice the team building and collaboration skills that are highly valued by employers.

In addition to helping you capitalize on the opportunities offered by unmanned technology today, this degree will prepare you to be a leader in the dynamic, exciting future that unmanned technology offers.



UNSY 501Application of Unmanned Systems3
UNSY 502Current Issues in Unmanned Systems3
UNSY 503Legal and Regulatory Issues in Unmanned Systems3
UNSY 606Unmanned Systems Interoperability and Control3
UNSY 603Unmanned Systems Operational Configuration3
ASCI 674Project Management in Aviation/Aerospace3
RSCH 665Statistical Analysis3
Total Credits21


Select one specialization from the following list (includes 3 specific courses per):
Total Degree Requirements30


Aviation and Aerospace Sustainability

AASI 600Sustainable Aviation and Aerospace Perspectives3
AASI 620Best Practices for Aviation and Aerospace Sustainability3
AASI 625Sustainability Policy, Ethics & Legal Topics in Aviation and Aerospace3

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Operations

Students declaring the sUAS Operation Specialization or registering for courses within it 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 specialization, UNSY 515.
UNSY 515sUAS Operation Fundamentals3
UNSY 520sUAS Practical Application and Assessment3
UNSY 620sUAS Operational Planning and Safety Management3


ASCI 693Current Research Problems in Aviation/Aerospace3
ASCI 604Human Factors in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry3
ASCI 645Airport Operations and Management3

Space Systems

ASCI 601Applications in Space: Commerce, Defense, and Exploration3
ASCI 512Space Mission and Launch Operations3
ASCI 513Space Habitation and Life Support Systems3

Aviation Safety

ASCI 615Aviation/Aerospace Accident Investigation and Analysis3
ASCI 611Aviation/Aerospace System Safety3
ASCI 621Aviation/Aerospace Safety Program Management3

Human Factors

MSHF 606Human Cognition3
MSHF 612Human Performance, Limitation, and Error3
MSHF 624Ergonomics and Biomechanics3

Aviation Maintenance

MAVM 601Leadership in Global Aviation Maintenance Organizations3
MAVM 605Global Maintenance Resource Management3
MAVM 615Strategic Management of Global Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Operations3


RSCH 670Research Methods3
RSCH 700A Thesis I (Available January 2021)
RSCH 700B Thesis II (Available January 2021)

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