It is possible to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree in robotics engineering or technology. These programs are available at four-year universities around the country.
Schools with Robotics Programs
These schools offer degree programs that cover robotics:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Purdue University||West Lafayette, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$10,002 in-state, $28,804 out-of-state (undergraduate & graduate)|
|University of Georgia||Athens, GA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$11,622 in-state, $29,832 out-of-state(undergraduate); $10,750 in-state, $26,348 out-of-state (graduate)|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||$50,277 (undergraduate); $40,670 (graduate)|
|Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis||Indianapolis, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||$9,056 in-state, $29,774 out-of-state (undergraduate); $9,138 in-state, $24,032 out-of-state (graduate)|
|Utah Valley University||Orem, UT||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's||$5,386 in-state, $15,202 out-of-state (undergraduate)|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||$49,536 (undergraduate); $34,268 (graduate)|
|Vincennes University||Vincennes, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$5,375 in-state, $12,709 out-of-state (undergraduate)|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Master's, Doctorate||$41,371 (graduate)|
|Johnson & Wales University||Providence, RI||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$29,566 (undergraduate)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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College Selection Criteria
Here are some things to keep in mind when looking for robotics schools:
- Students should make sure that the program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
- When considering master's degree programs, students should choose between research-focused and industry-specific options based on their career interests.
- Prospective students may want to check out a robotics school's laboratory facilities, in order to ensure that they will have access to the latest robotics technologies and software applications.
- Prospective graduate students who are considering research-based programs should make sure that there are faculty members at the school with whom they share research interests who could act as thesis or dissertation advisors.
Associate's Degree Programs
In two-year associate's degree programs in robotics technology, students learn about the fundamentals of developing, constructing and maintaining robotics systems. They take basic science and technology courses and gain familiarity with common industry software applications such as 3-D CADD. In addition, they must fulfill general education requirements.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Like associate's degree programs, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Robotics Engineering programs begin with foundational coursework in the sciences, but in these four-year programs, students have the chance to take more advanced electives and gain more experience through case study projects. Students also take relevant classes in the economic, environmental and ethical implications of robotics technology. In addition, some schools require students to complete an internship and senior design project prior to graduation.
Master's Degree Programs
There are two types of master's degree programs available in robotics. Research-based programs give students the chance to take advanced engineering courses and write a thesis in a particular area of interest in the field. Alternatively, individuals who want to pursue careers in industry can enroll in master's degree programs that combine scientific and economic coursework in order to prepare graduates for success in the commercial robotics industry. Both types of programs typically take two years of full-time study to complete.
Doctoral Degree Programs
For students who want to conduct advanced research in robotics, a few schools offer PhD programs in robotics. At schools that do not offer a specific doctoral degree in the field, it may be possible to write a dissertation on a robotics-related topic within a PhD program in mechanical engineering. Graduates of these PhD programs typically enter academia by becoming university professors.
It is possible to pursue an associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in robotics or a closely related field. Prospective students should consider the school's facilities and their own career goals when choosing between programs.