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B.S. in Unmanned Aircraft Operations

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Residential Unmanned Aerial Systems Program

Develop the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the expanding unmanned aerial system industry.

Through the Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Operations at Liberty University, you’ll become a professional unmanned aerial system operator by earning a Private Pilot certificate and an Instrument Flight rating. Learn to operate small unmanned aerial vehicles safely and ethically.

With this degree program, you may also have the opportunity to earn a full industry certification on the medium-sized Aerosonde vehicle (U.S. citizens only). You may also have the opportunity to become a UAS instructor. This exciting opportunity to fly and become fully certified on the Aerosonde is available to you through a partnership with a UAS industry leader.

UAS companies are seeking operators who have aviation knowledge and skills. They are also looking for people and who have the character, values, and professionalism needed to lead in the industry.

Student Achievement Data

Academic Information

Credit Hours

120 credit hours

Program of Study (DCP)

View the Degree Completion Plan (coming soon)

Admission Requirements

View Liberty’s undergraduate admissions requirements

Courses You Could Take

  • Small UAS Flight (AVIA 236)
  • UAS Avionics & Powerplants (AVIA 323)
  • Medium UAS Ground & Flight (AVIA 447)


  • FAA Part 141 Flight Instruction
  • Financial Aid Available
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill® & Yellow Ribbon Available
  • Flight training on modern Small UAS
  • Opportunity for flight training and full certification on an industry leading Medium UAS platform
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Important Information

Costs & Financial Aid

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