UMA is the only University in Maine with a UAS pilot training program.

The University of Maine at Augusta’s new Unmanned Pilot Training Program is adaptable to your academic endeavors. You can work towards a Bachelors Degree in Applied Science with unmanned aircraft as a “major,” earn a 31 credit hour certificate in sUAS operations, or just take our basic Commercial Drone course to prepare you to earn your FAA Part 107 Commercial Remote Pilot certificate.

To date, UMA has trained almost 300 students in the basic Commercial Drone course (UAS 210). The UAS 210 Commercial Drone course has been approved for Veterans’ benefits. The BS in Applied Science with a UAS concentration is approved for Financial Aid and Veterans’ benefits. The 31-credit hour UAS certificate is approved for Financial Aid, and VA benefits approval is currently being reviewed for certification. You may be eligible, so please contact us to find out. We are here to help you meet your needs in the drone world of the future.

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Who should take UAS or drone courses?

You could be a more effective K-12 STEM teacher after completing our courses. We’ll show you how to integrate drones into your science courses.

You could become the remote pilot for your employer instead of the business having to hire an independent contractor to do aerial work.

You could become an independent contractor flying drones for a real estate broker, a photography company, construction companies, or perhaps fulfill a Maine State government contract to inspect bridges and other important infrastructure.

In any UMA degree, you may add a minor of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to spice up that college degree with a skill you didn’t know existed within you. Maybe you have room in your BS in Business or Science to add our 8-course UAS certificate?


Person holding drone controller while standing in front of UMA Aviation sign in BrunswickMany businesses prefer to hire new employees with a 4-year degree, and UMA’s public tuition rates make that an affordable decision for you. Financial aid is available to students to offset the costs, and if you’re a veteran or currently serve in the US Armed Forces, your military education benefits may pay a portion of your tuition and fees.

To further limit student costs, UMA has a wide variety of remote aircraft, both fixed-wing and rotary powered aircraft on which you can train. You can learn the skills necessary to be a competent pilot and not wreck your personal aircraft in the process. UMA is recognized by several federal agencies for operating a comprehensive UAS program – offering the academic, technical and flight training to be successful. Not only will you learn flying skills, but you can also learn how to build, maintain, and repair drones ensuring more time to fly instead of waiting on someone else to do those activities for you.

UMA’s UAS education and research program is based near the UMA Brunswick Center, at Brunswick Landing at KBXM, Brunswick Executive Airport at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

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