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What will I learn?

Embry-Riddle is one of just a few universities in the country to offer a bachelor’s degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Because Embry-Riddle is the nexus of aviation education, students benefit from much more than prestige; they learn from experienced faculty who share firsthand knowledge in aviation and who are at the forefront in the developing field of unmanned aircraft. Currently, there are few UAS professionals because this field is so new. Used primarily in military, firefighting, disaster relief, and law enforcement applications, the future of this field has seemingly limitless potential.

The Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems program provides graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to become industry leaders in a variety of Unmanned Aircraft Systems related fields, including UAS pilots, sensor operators, mission planners and ground technicians. Students study the spectrum of the industry including hazardous operations, government regulations, surveillance, data collection, and even the engineering aspects of Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

About Unmanned Aircraft Systems at the Prescott, AZ Campus

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is proud to introduce our Bachelor of Science degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). This exciting degree, certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a UAS-Collegiate Training Initiative Program, has evolved into one of the most hands-on degree programs offered at Embry-Riddle and prepares graduates to enter a rapidly growing and changing industry. The FAA predicts that the fleet of commercial small UASs in the United States will approach 800,000 by the year 2024. Consequently, tens of thousands of UAS professionals will be needed who are capable of safely planning and executing UAS missions and effectively delivering the end products to their customers.

Focusing on commercial and civil applications, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree empowers graduates to meet current and future employment demands. The degree qualifies students from all nationalities as subject matter experts in data collection, retrieval, editing, display, and delivery. For example, refer to the video on this page which shows a three-dimensional model of the Hazy Library created using our UAS equipment and software. Models such as these are very useful for a variety of industries because they enable the calculation of important surveying parameters such as surface area, volume, height, width, coordinates, etc.

Through supporting course work, Unmanned Aircraft Systems majors also gain a broad understanding of business, aviation regulations, technology, meteorology, and security issues associated with the industry. All students in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems program train at our on-campus airfield and earn their FAA Remote

Pilot In-Command (RPIC) certificate. They learn to fly a variety of both fixed-wing and rotary-wing UASs and learn to use a variety of useful software suites. Moreover, the UAS program is working with several local commercial partners to enable students to obtain hands-on experience planning and executing actual UAS missions. Enroll in our Unmanned Aircraft Systems program and help shape a new and evolving industry!

The Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree is housed in the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences in the College of Aviation.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems may be attained in eight semesters. To earn the degree, successful completion of 120 credit hours is required. Students pursuing the Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree will have the opportunity to select from a variety of minors as they pursue their degree. All students must complete the General Education Core and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Core in order to complete the requirements for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree.

Which department am I in?

College of Aviation

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$39,116.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected October 2021

Start date

January 2022


Prescott Campus

3700 Willow Creek Road,



86301, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The University defines a first-year applicant as one who is applying for degree status directly from high school.

For international students

When evaluating an applicant for admission, Embry-Riddle takes into consideration a student's high school academic record. Students whose language of instruction was not in English must submit official TOEFL or IELTS, or Cambridge scores. The preferred TOEFL score for admissions is 79 (IBT-Internet based). The preferred IELTS score for admission is 6.0, or a Cambridge English score of 170 or higher.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

A global leader in aviation, aerospace and STEM, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is training the industry leaders and explorers of tomorrow.

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