Why earn a certificate in unmanned aircraft systems engineering?

The University of North Dakota is the place to be for UAS. The New York Times called our Grand Forks campus “the Silicon Valley of unmanned aircraft systems,” and students here regularly have the chance to interact with small and large UAS companies such as:

  • Northrup Grumman
  • General Atomics
  • Rockwell Collins
  • SkySkopes

Our students benefit from a curriculum high on hands-on, real-world UAS experience. Systems engineering curriculum well-suited for a broad spectrum of engineers — including mechanical, electrical and robotic — as well as aerospace and computer science majors.

UAS Engineering Certificate at UND

  • Credits earned in the certificate program may transfer into the master's program to pursue the M.S. or M.Eng. in Systems Engineering. 

  • Take classes on campus or participate in classes online as they happen - this program is designed to fit your lifestyle.

  • Certificates provide high return on your educational investment through upward mobility, plus it allows you new opportunities to lead in multiple careers.

UAS Certificate Careers 


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineers in various fields with a master's degree had a median salary up to 13% higher than their counterparts with a bachelor's degree.



The global UAS market is expected to reach $140 billion by 2024.


Receiving the UAS Engineering graduate certificate will prepare you for a broad spectrum system engineering work — including mechanical, electrical and robotic engineering.

Popular job titles for those with an UAS Engineering certificate include:

  • Drone Engineer
  • Field Applications Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Robotics Engineer
  • UAV Designer

UAS Engineering Certificate Courses


Knowledge To Lead

SkySkopes and UND have partnered to bring students to the field working directly with unmanned aerial vehicles.