48 months
25251 USD/year
25251 USD/year
9375 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Engineering Technology - Unmanned Aircraft Systems program from Kansas State University gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the fascinating technologies of unmanned systems or commonly known as drones, while focusing specifically on their design and implementation – no flight ratings are required. 

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Through coursework tailored to combine computer sciences, electronic engineeringand mechanical engineering with unmanned systems, students in this Engineering Technology - Unmanned Aircraft Systems program from Kansas State University willexplore the intricacies of UAS subsystems and components, such as software design,

computer networking, firmware and hardware, sensors and actuators, and camera systems and other payloads.  

Students will be expected to execute critical thinking, problem solving research skills while engaging in classes about electronic circuits, communication systems, control systems, machine design, manufacturing technology, materials technology and fundamentals of UAS operations.

Within the first three years of integration into the National Airspace Systems, according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, more than 70,000 jobs in the UAS industry will be created in the United State, with an economic impact of more than $136 billion. 

No longer are employers in this exponentially growing field only looking for pilots or operators; graduates with the engineering technology with a UAS option degree will provide the industry with the source it needs in developing and implementing technologies for interoperability, autonomy, propulsion and power, and communication.


Careers, found in both the commercial and defense applications of UAS, are already available in a variety of areas such as wildfire mapping, agriculture monitoring, disaster management, law enforcement, weather monitoring, oil and gas exploration and film making.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Aeronautical Programs Flight Familiarization 
  • Composites 
  • Aviation Safety Management 
  • Computing Principles 
  • Hardware and Network Fundamentals 
  • Applications in C Programming for Engineering Technology 
  • Basic Electronics 
  • Direct Current Circuits 
  • Semiconductor Electronics 
  • Alternating Current Circuits 
  • Digital Logic  
  • Electronic Communication Systems 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

 Applications are still accepted after the priority date, but scholarship/award offers are then only made pending the availability of unawarded funds.


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • High school curriculum from an accredited secondary school.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA (Grade Point Average) on a 4.0 scale in high school coursework

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25251 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25251 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    25251 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25251 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    9375 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9375 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Manhattan

900 - 1400 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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