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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems

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Earn a bachelor of science in unmanned and autonomous systems

With more and more companies relying on video, data and information from unmanned systems, the demand for skilled designers, maintainers, and operators is expected to grow exponentially.

The Bachelor of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems provides students with the necessary knowledge to become a professional in the field. The program provides a foundation in flight operations, mission planning, special sensors, weapons, surveillance and data collection, aeronautical technologies and ground control. Students design, construct, and fly an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Students can become certified Unmanned Aerial Systems Operators, and gain the knowledge and skills to support governmental and commercial employers.

Our bachelor’s degree in unmanned and autonomous systems provides a firm foundation in unmanned and autonomous systems flight operations, mission planning, special sensors, weapons, surveillance and data collection, aeronautical engineering, aeronautical technologies, and ground control.

Currently, the most common uses of unmanned and autonomous systems are in aerial inspections, aerial surveys, agricultural, aviation, civil, constructions, disaster relief, engineering, environmental research, film/TV, government, law enforcement, photography and videography, real estate, and utility inspection. However, companies in retail goods (such as Amazon), mining, wildlife research and management are already planning to make unmanned systems an integral part of their operations. Potential employers include Boing, Booz Allen Hamilton, NASA, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Department of Defense, Amazon, Department of Transportation, and many others.

The program provides fundamental unmanned and autonomous systems knowledge to enter the careers such as:

  • System Architecture Maritime Autonomous Solutions – median base pay, $101,0002
  • Systems Engineer - Mission Systems Autonomy – median base pay, $92,0003
  • Systems Engineer- Unmanned Underwater Vehicles – median base pay, $80,2003
  • Systems Engineer - Unmanned Systems – ranked 27th Best Job in America1
  • Basic Aeromechanics for small Unmanned Air Systems (sUAS) – median base pay, $60,5002

1. Data based upon Glassdoor’s 2020 50 Best Jobs in America
2. Salary based upon 2020 Glassdoor salary data
3. Salary based upon 2020 PayScale salary data

Why Capitol?

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Our location puts you in the heart of the action

The Baltimore/ Washington D.C. area has one of the largest concentrations of high-tech companies, defense contractors, and government agencies in the United States, making it easier to find internships and high-paying jobs.

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Our motto, ‘find a way, or make one’ delivers job ready skills

Hands-on classes, combined with case studies and group projects help you hone the skills needed to excel in the workplace.

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Support for you

Whatever type of resource you need –a way to improve your math skills, a place to exercise, help with a job search or a disability – we have facilities and personnel ready to help.

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Key Faculty

Richard Baker

Dr. Richard Baker

Director of Master’s Programs

Dr. Richard Baker is director of master’s programs at Capitol Technology University. He previously served as associate professor in Indiana State University’s Department of Aviation Technology, and as executive director of the Center for Unmanned Systems and Human Capital Development.  Richard holds a BS in mathematics and an MS in computer science from Indiana State University. He received his doctorate in information systems from Nova Southeastern University.  

Hashem Tabrizi

Hashem Mehdizadeh Tabrizi

Unmanned and Autonomous Systems and Computer Science Department Chair

I have lived in Maryland since 1978; and currently live in Kensington with my wife and our son.  I have taught at several colleges and universities in Washington, D. C. Metropolitan area. Areas of interest include: 3D Printing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality, Big Data, Blockchain, Drones, Genetics, Internet of Things (IoT), Robots and Virtual Reality. 

Career Opportunities

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The Capitol Commitment

We’ve created a game plan to make sure you find a job upon graduation. Learn more

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Market Demand Unmanned and Autonomous Systems

  • 82% of our graduates have a job or enter graduate school 90 days after commencement
  • The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Maryland Accountability document, “A Report Connected to the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Development, Regulation and Privacy Act of 2015,” notes that there will be a move from engineers in this job category to unmanned systems educated individuals who have the hands-on experience desired!

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Degree Details


The BS in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems degree is a total of 122 credits.


Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change.

The following rates are in effect for the 2019-2020 academic year, beginning in Fall 2019 and continuing through Summer 2020:

  • There is no charge for online application, $25 fee for paper application 
  • Full-time tuition is $12,662 per semester, plus fees
  • The active duty military tuition rate is $250 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
  • Retired military receive a $100 per credit hour tuition discount
  • All full-time students who keep their student account current are promised their tuition will not increase more than 1% per year for four years
  • For the cost of living in Capitol Technology University's modern residential facility, click here
  • Academic Fee for UAS-120 $500

For 2020-2021 undergraduate tuition and fees, click here.

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