Master of Science (MS) in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems

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Earn a Master's of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems. Help navigate a changing world.

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems (UAS) provides the student with the necessary knowledge and training to become a professional in the diverse field of Unmanned and Autonomous Systems.

The degree provides a firm foundation in unmanned and autonomous systems policy, risk management, flight operations, mission planning, special sensors, weapons, surveillance and data collection, aeronautical engineering, aeronautical technologies and ground control. Students will develop policy and risk management plans for unmanned and autonomous systems. Students of the program will also be able to become a certified Unmanned Aerial Systems Operator and gain the knowledge and skills to support governmental and commercial employers. In addition, a special optional course will prepare you to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 test to become a Commercial UAV Pilot.

Unmanned and autonomous systems have potentially limitless applications. They can help farmers inspect their crops, meteorologists track hurricanes, hospitals provide defibrillators to cardiac arrest victims, and insurance adjusters assess damage. Along with this array of possibilities, however, comes a host of regulatory polices and risks that must be addressed. Qualified professionals who can help untangle the evolving policy environment are already in high demand—and that demand will only increase in the years to come.

This program prepares students for real-world situations in a multitude of industries including government work, first responders, farming, construction, mining, transportation, logistics, and videography.

The program provides the essential knowledge to enter into the industry with careers, such as:

  • UAS Program Analyst - national average salary, $67,782/Washington, DC area average salary, $70,7071
  • UAS Program Manager - national average salary, $58,804/Washington, DC area average salary, $62,2071
  • UAS Data Analyst -national average salary, $62,453/Washington, DC area average salary, $68,7481
  • Business Development Manager - average salary, $72,1942
  • Risk Manager - average salary, $86,5382
  • Policy Specialist - average salary, $58,3331
Royal Aeronautical Society

Capitol Technology University has assembled a network of our nation’s top experts to educate you—the new generation of aviation and unmanned systems planners, architects, designers, engineers, and operators. This network includes the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), a British organization dedicated to the global aerospace community and the professional development of its members. As a corporate partner of RAeS, the university is able to provide the opportunity for international networking, debate, resources, and professional development. 

1. Salary based upon 2020 Glassdoor salary data
2. Salary based upon 2020 PayScale salary data

Why Capitol?


Our location is a magnet for top faculty

The Baltimore/Washington area has one of the largest concentrations of high-tech companies, defense contractors, and government agencies.

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Our classes are comprised of like-minded peers

Through collaboration with other students, you’ll learn skills and techniques in class that you can apply on the job immediately.


Program is 100% Online

Our master’s in unmanned and autonomous systems policy is offered 100% online. Once you are accepted, all you need is an Internet connection and you can attend class. We keep the classes small so you receive personalized attention from faculty who are interested in sharing their knowledge and helping you succeed.

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Market Demand for Unmanned and Autonomous Systems

  • Get the advanced education needed to become a UAS program analyst, business development manager, risk manager or policy specialist
  • According to, the salary for a UAS program analyst ranges from $75,000 to $110,000

Degree Details:


Generally, to apply to a graduate degree program, you should have completed a bachelor's degree or be completing a bachelor's degree prior to enrollment and should have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher.

Some master of science programs have additional technical competency requirements.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change.

The following rates are in effect for the 2022-2023 academic year, beginning in Fall 2022 and continuing through Summer 2023:

  • The per credit charge for graduate courses:
    • Online or satellite campus (per credit) - $630, plus fees (information technology and other applicable fees)
    • Independent study (per credit) - $877, plus fees (information technology and other applicable fees)
  • The active duty military tuition rate is $350 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
  • The retired military tuition rate is $530 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
  • There is no charge for online application, $40 fee for paper application

For 2023-2024 masters tuition and fees, click here.

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