Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI) offers the following online programs designed to help you reach your goals, no matter where you are in your career. We welcome students from all stages of life, from recent high school graduates to military veterans. SDI equips all students with the skills they need to pursue a career in firearms technology and the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industries.
Associate of Science in Firearms Technology
60 Credits / Four 16-Week Semesters
Certificate in Firearms Technology – Gunsmithing
32 Credits / Two 16-Week Semesters
Certificate in Unmanned Technology – Aerial Systems
16 Credits / One 16-Week Semester
SDI HELPS MILITARY STUDENTS SUCCEED
We strive to provide the best possible service to our current and former service members to pursue their educational goals.
Sonoran Desert Institute is an online school that helps students learn the skills and techniques they’ll need to be successful in the firearms and unmanned technology industries. SDI is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
Why Choose SDI?
SDI’s distance learning program offers a blend of online learning and hands-on lab projects for a well-rounded education. Students access courses, assignments, and quizzes on their laptops, while working on lab projects from home.
Funding Options for SDI’s Programs*:
- Veterans benefits, including the GI Bill®
- Active Duty Tuition Assistance
- Federal Student Aid (FSA)
- Employer Tuition Assistance
- No-interest payment plans
- SDI scholarships and waivers
*based on eligibility
SDI offers unique online programs to help students achieve their goals:
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN FIREARMS TECHNOLOGY DEGREE
A 60 credit hour comprehensive degree program builds a foundation for tomorrow’s firearms industry professionals.
CERTIFICATE IN FIREARMS TECHNOLOGY – GUNSMITHING
A 32 credit hour program gives students the fundamentals of gunsmithing techniques and practices for those looking to develop their skills.
CERTIFICATE IN UNMANNED TECHNOLOGY – AERIAL SYSTEMS
A 16 credit-hour program that provides students with a solid foundation of historical, technical, and operational knowledge about unmanned aircraft systems.