The Master of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering is one of the first — and still one of the few — programs to offer the opportunity to study the engineering of unmanned and autonomous systems. 

Master of Science in
Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering

Master of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering

The Master of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering is one of the first — and still one of the few — programs to offer the opportunity to study the engineering of unmanned and autonomous systems. The program prepares students to work in an industry developing systems that operate along a spectrum of autonomy, from unmanned aircraft and autonomous cars to robotic surface water and underwater vessels, spacecraft and industrial robots.

The Master of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering degree is housed in the College of Engineering.

Typical First Year

A typical first year will include core classes such as Modern Control Systems and Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicle Systems, plus advisor-approved electives.

Degree Details

This is a 30-credit program, including a 15-credit core and 15 elective credits that may be all coursework, coursework and a capstone project done individually or with a team, or a thesis.

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Degree Requirements

The master's degree in UASE is granted to students who complete the course work described below. The program consists of 15 credits of core courses and 15 credits of advisor-approved electives. The electives can be completed in one of three modes:

  • All courses: Fifteen credits of advisory-approved electives
  • Courses plus a two-semester capstone: Nine credits of advisor-approved electives, plus the two-semester capstone project
  • Courses plus a nine-credit thesis: Six credits of advisor-approved electives, plus a nine-credit research thesis.

The program can be awarded without concentration or with a concentration in Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The UAS concentration requires taking a specified sequence of electives plus the two-semester capstone.

Course Requirements

AE/EE/ME 527Modern Control Systems3
EE 510Linear Systems3
EE 528Sensors and Data Links3
ME 503Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicle Systems3
SYS 505System Safety and Certification3
Advisor-Approved Electives15
Total Credits30

Approved Electives

AE 502Strength and Fatigue of Materials3
AE 506Airplane Dynamic Stability3
AE 516Computational Aeronautical Fluid Dynamics3
AE 522Analysis of Aircraft Composite Materials3
AE 526Engineering Optimization3
AE 530Aeroacoustics3
AE 610Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics3
AE 640Turbine Engine Propulsion Systems3
CEC 510Digital Signal Processing3
CEC 526Sensor Data Fusion3
CEC 527Mobile Sensor Networks3
CEC 530Image Processing and Machine Vision3
CEC 610State and Parameter Estimation3
CS 528Multi-Agent Systems3
CS 529Computer Security3
EE 500Digital Control Systems3
EE 505Advanced Mechatronics3
EE 525Avionics and Radio Navigation3
EE 529Electro-Optical Systems3
EE 625Satellite-Based Communications and Navigation3
ME 520Sensor Processing with Applications3
ME 523Modeling and Simulation of Linear Dynamic Systems3
ME 613Advanced Model-Based Control Design3
ME 614Multidisciplinary Design Optimization3
ME 615Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning3
SE 535User Interface Design and Evaluation3
SE 600User Interface Design for Unmanned Systems3
SYS 500Fundamentals of Systems Engineering3
SYS 530System Requirements Analysis and Modeling3
SYS 610System Architecture Design and Modeling3
SYS 625System Quality Assurance3
UAS 691Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Capstone Design Project I3
UAS 692Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Capstone Design Project II3
UAS 700Thesis9

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Area of Concentration: The Master of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering can be awarded with an Area of Concentration in UAS. To receive the degree with the UAS Area of Concentration, the student takes the following in lieu of the program’s 15 credits of electives

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Area of Concentration

AE 506Airplane Dynamic Stability3
AE 623Atmospheric Navigation, Guidance and Control3
AE 626Aircraft Fault Tolerance and Advanced Control Theory3
UAS 691Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Capstone Design Project I3
UAS 692Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Capstone Design Project II3
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