6 months
773 USD/credit 9276 USD/full
773 USD/credit 9276 USD/full
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations graduate certificate offers students a truly unique hands-on learning experience.

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Through simulated and live flight training with Embry-Riddle remote pilot instructors, students will learn how to supervise and conduct safe flight planning and execution of sUAS missions, as well as how to analyze and manage data utilizing the latest software capabilities.

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) have become essential tools in applications ranging from delivering medical supplies, inspecting critical infrastructure, and improving agriculture. The opportunities to improve business practices by incorporating sUAS are almost limitless.

About Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations at the Worldwide & Online Campus

The Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations graduate certificate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is an online 12-credit program that includes a two-day face-to-face flight training and evaluation event. The curriculum addresses basic and advanced unmanned aircraft configurations and operations, project management, mission planning, and safety management. While no remote pilot experience is required, students need to have access to a small UAS. In addition, this program involves travel to a flight training location for a two-day face-to face-session.

Students also earn 12 graduate-level credits, which can go towards a master’s degree at Embry-Riddle. This program leads students towards the online Master of Science in Unmanned Systems, the Master of Science in Aeronautics, or the Master of Science in Aviation/Aerospace Sustainability by taking an additional 18 graduate credits.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • sUAS Operation
  • sUAS Practical Application and Assessment
  • sUAS Operational Planning and Safety Management
  • Project Management in Aviation/Aerospace

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 6 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International applicants must submit the application for admission 90 days prior to the term start date. 


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


12 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the application.
  • Official high school and/or college transcript or GED scores.
  • ACT and/or SAT scores (strongly recommended).
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Additional documents may be required of specific audiences.
  • We evaluate applications on a rolling basis. Once all documents have been received, we will notify you of your admission status.
  • Foreign Credential Evaluation
  • English Language Requirements

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9276 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 773 USD per credit during 6 months.
  • National

    9276 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 773 USD per credit during 6 months.

Worldwide and Online Campus Tuition:

  • Military Cost Per Credit: $648.00
  • Civilian Cost Per Credit: $773.00

Living costs for Orlando

1111 - 1939 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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