Unmanned Vehicle University (UVU) was one of the first universities licensed to grant both a master’s of science (MSc) degree in unmanned vehicle systems engineering, and a doctorate of science (DSc) degree in unmanned vehicle systems engineering (with air, ground, sea or space vehicle emphasis)as well as a professional certificate in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems project management in a wholly online, distance-learning curriculum. The University’s primary focus area is on Unmanned Air, Ground, Sea and Space Systems education and training. Most of the faculty at the university have PhDs in engineering and combined experience of over 500 years. The university’s UAV instructor pilots have combined experience of over 60,000 hours in Predator, Reaper, Global Hawk, Hermes, Heron, Aerostar and many small UAVs. UVU is located in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Centrally located on the NE corner of Central Ave & Washington St. close to many civic, cultural and sporting venues. Attractions and destinations within walking distance of UVU include US Airways Center, Chase Field, Phoenix Convention Center, Arizona Science Center, The Herberger Theatre, Symphony Hall, Phoenix City Hall, Arizona State University, Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix Municipal Court, Arizona Biomedical Collaborative and University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Our Purpose

To be the world’s best at providing unmanned systems education and training.


  • Consultant
  • UAV Program Manager
  • UAV Project Manager
  • UAV Program Integration Manager
  • UAV Technical Project Manager
  • UAV Business Area Manager
  • Chief UAV Engineer
  • UAV Systems Engineer
  • UAV Engine Designer
  • UAV Chief Flight Test Engineer
  • UAV Programmer
  • UAV Analyst
  • UAV Business Owner
  • UAV Technical Writer
  • UAV Field Engineer
  • UAV Quality Assurance Manager
  • UAV Cost Accountant
  • UAV Logistics Manager
  • UAV Integration Technician
  • UAV Systems Test Analyst
  • UAS Aviation Data Monitor
  • UAV Pilot

Teaching Method

UVU is very different from most universities as we do not teach from a textbook. Most instructors have a PhD in engineering and 20-40 years of experience. Course content is developed from scratch and is based on the instructor’s experience. The textbook serves as a reference and some reading assignments are made. Because most courses are taught at the application vs theoretical level, entrance requirements are high school algebra for the certificate program and college algebra for the graduate degree programs.

To Apply

Visit the application tab to review the requirements and submit your online application.


Students from T6 countries are not eligible. These countries are Cuba, Iran, Libya, Sudan, North Korea, and Syria.


UVU is licensed by the State of Arizona Board of Education and has full authority to grant Doctorate Degrees and Masters Degrees in Unmanned Systems Engineering and Degrees in Unmanned Systems Project Management. UVU is the only university in the world that offers these programs. To verify contact the Arizona State Board for Private Post-secondary Education at (866) 916-8519.

Tuition Assistance

The Workforce Investment Act offers tuition assistance through state governments. We are currently certified on the Eligible Training Provider list in Arizona, California, and Utah. Nevada has a reciprocal agreement with Arizona. If you are unemployed and would like for your state to pay your tuition, please contact us. More information is available on the tuition assistance page.

International Students

International applicants whose primary language is not English must also achieve the minimum score requirement of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Test System) as required by the University.


UVU has the best subject matter experts in the World. Most of the university’s faculty hold PhDs in engineering and combined experience of over 500 years. The university’s UAV instructor pilots have a combined experience of over 60,000 hours in Predator, Reaper, Global Hawk, Hermes, Heron, Aerostar and many small UAVs. Engineering fields of expertise include: robotics, unmanned vehicle design, sensors, autonomy, human factors and UAV flight test and communications.

Placement Assistance

UVU offers placement assistance through Unmannedpower LLC, a company that specializes in unmanned systems jobs.

Government Contacts

For government contracts, use CAGE Code 70HU7 and DUNNS Number 078530089.

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An unmanned system is not just a vehicle, it is a system composed of the air vehicle, communications, data links and control stations. Systems engineering applies to everything from a large unmanned system to computer hardware and software. It’s a big-picture view that considers every aspect of a project, from costs and environmental impact, to time lines and life expectancy of equipment. Because it encompasses many disciplines, it can help engineers from diverse fields better understand how to solve problems. This interdisciplinary degree program covers modeling, simulation, design, architecture, integration, and testing of complex unmanned systems and processes. It also supplies students with underlying theoretical knowledge and practical experience applicable to unmanned systems. An unmanned systems engineering degree will provide expert knowledge so that graduates can apply for employment in engineering, design, development, integration and test of unmanned air, ground and sea systems. Graduates from our online degree programs will have opportunities as systems engineers, engineering program managers and project managers.

Degree programs at UVU take a systems engineering approach. Candidates are exposed to aeronautical, mechanical and electrical engineering as well as systems engineering and project management. The systems engineering course includes preparation for the entry level International Council on Systems Engineering’s Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) certification examination. INCOSE certification formally recognizes an individual’s competency in the systems engineering process, and is widely acknowledged as a significant accomplishment by practitioners in the field. Prices: UVU operates on four quarters per year. Tuition is $1600 per quarter. Call (866) 916-8519 for more information.

Unmanned systems engineers are critical to the positions of technical management and development of complex unmanned systems. These professionals are responsible for planning, coordinating, and budgeting group efforts that translate operational needs into technology requirements. They use their skills to determine whether a system will meet cost, schedule, and performance goals. Systems engineers perform a central role in realizing an unmanned systems success; they are in great demand by industry and government.

Refund Policy: 12 week course

Percentage (%) of weeks attempted Student tuition refund percentage*
10% or less 90%
More than 10% and less than or equal to 20% 80%
More than 20% and less than or equal to 30% 70%
More than 30% and less than or equal to 40% 60%
More than 40% and less than or equal to 50% 50%
More than 50% No refund is required
*Less the registration fee
Refunds will be issued within 30 days of the date of student notification of cancellation, or the date of University determination (withdrawn due to absences or other criteria as specified in the University catalog), or in the case of a student not returning from an authorized Leave of Absence (LOA), within 30 days of the date the student was scheduled to return from the LOA and did not return.