Top Schools for Robotics Technologies

Read about programs in robotics technologies, through which students design and build machines that function without human control. Learn about the program options at three top-notch institutions, and find a summary of other schools that offer training for robotics technologists.

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Programs in robotics technology can be found at the associate's, bachelor's or master's degree levels. Students find out how to develop autonomous machines that can perform a variety of tasks, such as assembling items, piloting airplanes and sweeping floors. Of the three schools profiled below, Carnegie Mellon University is the only one to offer graduate programs specifically in robotic technology.

1. Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA

School Highlight: Carnegie Mellon University's Medical Robotics Technology Center offers research options in 3-D medical image analysis, computer-assisted surgery and prosthetic devices.

Carnegie Mellon University ranked 25th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. At Carnegie's Robotics Institute, students can pursue a Master of Science (M.S.) in Robotics Technology. Students in this program spend their first year at a partner school in China or the U.K. and then return to Carnegie Mellon's main campus for their final year of study. The school also offers an M.S. and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Robotics and an M.S. in Robotic Systems Development.

2. Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA

School Highlight: In a primarily experiential learning environment labwork to lectures is 3:1 at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

In 2015, the Pennsylvania College of Technology placed 28th among northern regional colleges, according to U.S. News & World Report. Affiliated with Pennsylvania State University, the college offers associate's and bachelor's degree programs in applied technology, including electronics and computer engineering technology. Students in the associate's degree program can pursue an emphasis in robotics technology. The Pennsylvania College of Technology is also home to Pennsylvania's largest worker training program.

3. Indiana State University in Terre Haute

School Highlight: Bachelor's degrees are available at Indiana State University through the Degreelink distance learning program

Indiana State University was identified as one of the best schools in the Midwest by The Princeton Review in 2015. At the university's College of Technology, undergraduates can major in automation and control engineering technology. Graduate programs can lead to a master's degree in electronics and computer technology. Both programs include courses in robotics and automation.

Top Schools for Robotics Technology in the U.S.

School Name Distinction Location
Alcorn State University95% of ASU graduates of the Robotics and Automation Technology Program have gained employment in the technology industry.Lorman, Mississippi
California University of PennsylvaniaRobotics engineering technology program is affiliated with Carnegie Mellon's Robotics AcademyCalifornia, PA
Idaho State UniversityUniversity professors founded the Idaho Museum of Natural HistoryPocatello, ID
Johnson & Wales UniversityAssociate's degree program includes a technology internship with an industry partnerProvidence, RI
Southern New Hampshire UniversityBachelor's degree in robotics can be earned entirely onlineManchester, NH
Utah Valley UniversitySmall class sizesOrem, UT
Vincennes UniversityIndiana's First College, established in 1801. Vincennes, IN

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