Unmanned Aircraft System Operations, B.Sc. | University of North Dakota | Grand Forks, United States
48 months
33406 USD/year
28708 USD/year
10439 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Be among the first generation of unmanned aircraft specialists with training from the university that started it all in the Unmanned Aircraft System Operations program from University of North Dakota.


Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have gone from strictly military use, to a wide variety of life-saving and commercial applications. With this unique UND program, you’ll gain the expertise in unmanned aircraft to execute and manage applications in the military, firefighting, disaster relief, law enforcement, surveillance, aerial photography, transports and future uses of this rapidly evolving area.

Why Study Unmanned Aircraft System Operations at UND?

With 50 years of experience in aviation education, training, and research, University of North Dakota was the first to offer a Unmanned Aircraft System Operations degree in 2009, and our program has led the way ever since. You'll gain expertise to work in a crew environment as a Pilot operator, sensor operator, or other key team member of unmanned aircraft systems. You'll also gain a clear understanding of National Airspace System safety and operations procedures.

Our Grand Forks campus has been called "the Silicon Valley of unmanned aircraft systems" by the New York Times. UND students are given the opportunity to interact with small and large UAS companies such as Northrop Grumman, General Atomics, and Customs Border Protection. Flights are conducted regularly where UND flight students are jointly flying next to Unmanned Aircraft in the National Airspace System.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Aviation Orientation
  • Aviation Safety
  • Basic Attitude Instrument Flying
  • IFR Regulations and Procedures
  • UAS Operator Certification
  • Autonomous Fundamentals
  • UAS Enabling Concepts
  • Human Factors
  • Aerodynamics - Airplanes
  • Aircraft Systems
  • UAS Flight Systems
  • UAS Ground Systems
  • UAS Remote Sensing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete Mandatory Immunizations and TB Screening
  • Send Official Records
  • Apply Online and Pay $35 Application Fee
  • Complete Statement of Financial Responsibility
  • Provide Evidence of English Proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33406 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33406 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    28708 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28708 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    10439 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10439 USD per year during 48 months.
  • Minnesota residents: 11,692.32 USD per year

Living costs for Grand Forks

1000 - 2180 USD /month
Living costs

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


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