Unmanned Aircraft Systems Certificate, Bachelor | South Dakota State University | Brookings, United States
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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Certificate

36 months
376 USD/credit 15040 USD/year
259 USD/credit 10360 USD/year
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The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Certificate at South Dakota State University will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to apply this technology to a field of study or field of work. 


Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones are revolutionizing how things get done.  UAS is a technology with many applications, some of which include remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), precision agriculture, construction, resource management, engineering, cinematography, and emergency services. 

Graduate from the program with knowledge of unmanned aircraft system designs, laws and ethical considerations, how to gather and process information, and identify uses and limitations of the aircraft. This Unmanned Aircraft Systems Certificate at South Dakota State University will also provide the knowledge necessary to attain the FAA Part 107 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems license. 

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Like to work with technology
  • Are a problem solver and analytical thinker
  • Are generally interested in how things work

Career Opportunities

  • Agriculture
  • Conservation
  • Delivery/fulfillment
  • Disaster mitigation and relief
  • Logistics
  • Filming and photography
  • Geographic information systems mapping technician
  • Law enforcement
  • Real estate

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Aviation Safety 
  • Aerial Remote Sensing and Lab 
  • Technology Applications for Precision Agriculture and Lab 
  • Risk Management and Construction Safety 
  • GIS: Data Creation and Integration and Lab

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should have an above average academic record at least equivalent to a "B-" average (2.60 out of 4.00), or be in the top 60% of their class with suitable academic preparation for the intended major.
  • The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), while not required, is encouraged and strongly recommended for freshman applicants. Students who graduated from U.S. high schools must submit an SAT score.
  • Academic Transcripts need to be originals or official certified true copies. If your transcripts are not in English, certified true translations must be attached. All upper secondary school-level work need to be demonstrated through your transcripts. It is common for applicants to submit transcripts prior to the completion of their final year of secondary school. If you must submit transcripts prior to completion, please indicate your expected graduation date.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 376 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    10360 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 259 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for Brookings

1085 - 1888 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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