Top Schools for Robotics Technologies

Learn about programs in robotics technologies, where students design and build machines that function without human control. Review the program options at four top-notch institutions, and find an overview of other schools that offer training for robotics technologists. View article »

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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. Some of the best robotics technologies in the country can be found at Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Alcorn State University, and Indiana State University. These schools offer undergraduate and graduate programs in the subject. Of the four schools profiled, Carnegie Mellon University is the only one to offer graduate programs specifically in robotic technology. Three are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report, and Indiana State University offers bachelor's degrees through distance learning.

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA

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

Carnegie Mellon University tied at 24th among national universities on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list. At Carnegie Mellon'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.

Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA

School Highlight: Pennsylvania College of Technology has a 96% graduate placement rate.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology tied at 13th among northern regional colleges, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list. 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.

Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN

School Highlight: Indiana State University offers bachelor's degrees through the Degreelink distance learning program.

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.

Alcorn State University in Lorman, MS

School Highlight: At Alcorn State University, 95% of the Robotics and Automation Technology Program graduates have gained employment in the technology industry.

U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of the best colleges in the South ranked Alcorn among the top 100. This school offers a bachelor's degree in robotics and automation, and the program is certified by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). Students may complete the Certified Technology Manager (CTM) examination.

Top Schools for Robotics Technology in the U.S.

Other top schools that offer robotics technology programs include:

School Name Location Distinction
California University of Pennsylvania California, PA Robotics engineering technology program is affiliated with Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Academy
Idaho State University Pocatello, ID University professors founded the Idaho Museum of Natural History
Johnson & Wales University Providence, RI Associate's degree program includes a technology internship with an industry partner
Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH A bachelor's degree in robotics can be earned entirely online
Utah Valley University Orem, UT Small class sizes
Vincennes University Vincennes, IN Indiana's first college, established in 1801

Students interested in robotics technologies may compare programs by considering internship possibilities and online program availability. Other considerations may include a school's rankings and graduate placement rate.

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