Study UAS Online with UW

Embark on a transformative journey with the online graduate certificate in Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) program at UW, designed to propel your career to new heights. This program serves as your gateway to mastering the intricacies of drones and cutting-edge image processing techniques within a rapidly expanding industry. Whether you're a tech enthusiast or an aspiring professional, this comprehensive curriculum equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel. Join us and become a proficient UAS expert ready to thrive in this dynamic field.

What are Uncrewed Aerial Systems?

In this online certificate program, you will gain the skills to safely operate UAS, also known as drones, while collecting and processing geospatial data. Demand for professionals trained to operate drones and process drone imagery is growing rapidly in agriculture, natural resource management, construction, energy, transportation, business and many other fields.

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Faculty at UW have the field experience in UAS to take your education to new heights.

Senior Research Scientist, Paddington Hodza is a certified GIS professional and licensed FAA Drone Pilot. He researches UAS and serves on the UCGIS Education Committee.

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Online Learning At UW

The University of Wyoming provides a comprehensive range of fully-online and hybrid programs in addition to the online Uncrewed Aerial Systems Graduate Certificate. They are equivalent to in-person programs in all the ways that matter – same learning expectations, same accreditation and your transcript doesn’t differentiate how you learned. Additionally, online learners have unique needs, and we provide a suite of academic and student resources tailored to help you succeed while at UW and after you graduate. 


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What Can You Do with a Graduate Certificate in UAS?

UAS are rapidly becoming indispensable tools across many industries. Drones have become more accessible and as a result have merged with a variety of career fields such as military, agriculture and more. 

UAS Careers

  • Surveyor
  • Avionics Technician
  • Operations Technologist
  • GIST Researcher
  • Geographer 



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Here are Several Places UAS Alumni Have Made a Difference:

  • University of Wyoming
  • United States Armed Forces
  • State of Wyoming
  • The Nature Conservency
  • Yellowstone National Park
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UAS Program Highlights

As students earn their graduate certificate in UAS, they may access a variety of helpful tools.


Learning Resources

Students use specialized software for mission planning, flight simulation, safety protocols as well as image collection and processing. Each student is able to get real-world experience as they complete their graduate certificate.

Networking & Student Groups

The Geospatial Forum is a speaker series available to students online via Zoom or recording. It’s a great opportunity where professionals visit UW to present on a range of topics in the field. They lead discussions and answer questions from career-bound students. 

A significant aspect of this 11-credit online graduate certificate (with a 2-credit, field-based flight school) is to prepare you to become an FAA certified pilot and to use industry-standard image processing techniques.

Contact Us

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School of Computing


Department 4008, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2532


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