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

Nov 16, 2019

Learn about the robotics engineering programs at three top schools. Find out about program highlights, school rankings, and the similarities and differences between these schools.

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Robotics Engineering Schools

With advances in robotic technology taking place every day, those interested in the profession of robotics engineering may find themselves in a prosperous career if they are well prepared for the field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), mechanical engineers, which includes robotics engineers, are generally required to have at least an undergraduate degree in the field. However, for career advancement and the potential for more opportunities, aspiring robotics engineers may be interested in pursuing a master's in robotics. Some robotics degrees can be found online. Here we explore some of the best schools that offer programs in robotics engineering.

Best Robotics Colleges

Here is a list of a few top schools that offer educational programs in robotics:

  • University of Georgia: At this school, located in Athens, Georgia, freshmen can take robotics courses through the school's First-Year Odyssey program.
  • University of Southern California This Los Angeles, California school offers an M.S. in Intelligent Robotics, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science where most robotics students choose to study. Has two robotics labs where students and faculty can pursue a range of research interests.
  • Washington University in St. Louis: The school offers 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.

The three others schools that will be discussed in more detail 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.

  1. University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia
  2. Worcester Polytechnic Institute of Massachusetts
  3. Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh

1. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania came in 8th place among all national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings for 2020. 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.

2. 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 five-year combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Robotics Engineering program. This school tied for 64th place in U.S. News & World Report's 2020 list of top national universities.

3. Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh

Carnegie Mellon was tied for 25th on the 2020 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.

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

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