• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

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

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

  • International

    842 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 842 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    842 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 842 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    313 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 313 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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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.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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