List of Top Robotics Engineering Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

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  • 0:04 School Overview
  • 0:51 University of Pennsylvania
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  • 2:00 Carnegie Mellon University
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School Overview

With advances in robotic technology taking place every day, those interested in the profession of robotics engineering may find themselves a prosperous career, given they find quality training. Here we explore some of the best schools that offer programs in robotics engineering.

The three schools discussed here - University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, Worcester Polytechnic Institute of Massachusetts, and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh - were all ranked on the U.S. News & World Report list of top national universities. While top robotics engineering programs are typically found at the graduate level, all three of these schools have both undergraduate and graduate robotic options.

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

University of Pennsylvania tied for 8th place among all national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings for 2017. Through the university's School of Engineering and Applied Science, students can pursue a unique master's degree in robotics (ROBO). The program is administered through the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory. Students study artificial intelligence, kinematics, design, and prototyping in one of the most advanced robotics labs in the world. In addition to a master's program, GRASP offers undergraduate courses in robotics.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute of Massachusetts

Worcester Polytechnic is the first university in the nation to offer bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in robotics engineering. Students can also enroll in a 5-year combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Robotics Engineering program. This school tied for 60th place in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of top national universities.

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh

Carnegie Mellon was tied for 24th on the 2017 list of national universities compiled by U.S. News & World Report. The university's Robotics Institute is the world-wide largest university-affiliated research group in robotics. In addition to pursuing degrees in robotics at the undergraduate and master's level, students that attend this university may pursue a Ph.D. in Robotics. Founded in 1988, this doctoral degree program is the first of its kind.

More Top Robotics Engineering Schools

Here are a few more top schools that offer educational programs in robotics:

College/University Location Distinction
University of Georgia Athens, Georgia Freshmen can take robotics courses through the school's First-Year Odyssey program
University of Southern California Los Angeles, California Has two robotics labs where students and faculty can pursue a range of research interests
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri Has a Master of Engineering in Robotics program that can be completed in a year and a half; a part-time study option is also available

Students interested in robotics can find many schools that offer degrees in robotics engineering. The best schools in the field are often ranked by U.S. News & World Report and typically offer unique research and lab training opportunities.

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