Information for Prospective Master's Students

The University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science offers a unique master's degree in Robotics. This multi-disciplinary program is jointly sponsored by the Departments of Computer and Information Science, Electrical and Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics.

Application Information | Curriculum Information | ROBO Master’s FAQ

The Robotics Master of Science In Engineering (M.S.E.) program offers a balanced and flexible academic curriculum that cuts across multiple departments.

Program Overview

The modern expert in robotics and intelligent systems must be proficient in artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, control systems, kinematics, and dynamics, as well as the design, programming, and prototyping of robotic systems. Our flexible program offers the breadth and depth needed for this type of interdisciplinary training.  Features of the program include:

  • Course instruction, advising, and master’s thesis supervision by world-renowned robotics faculty.
  • A total of ten courses in the areas of artificial intelligence, robot design and analysis, controls, and perception, with advanced electives and an optional master’s thesis project.
  • Access to state-of-the-art experimental facilities in the GRASP Lab and opportunities for research projects in robotics and related fields. 
  • Participation in weekly GRASP seminars and lunches highlighting cutting-edge advances in robotics research and education.
  • Professional networking with peers in industry and academia, an ideal preparation for doctoral studies in robotics and related fields.


A complete description of the curriculum can be found here.

Application Information

Information on the application process and admission statistics may be found here*.

*Info for Accelerated Master’s & Internal Transfer/Dual MSE Requests is also included.

What Should I Expect After Graduation?

The Robotics Graduate Program prepares our students to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders, and visionaries. Our ROBO MSE graduates have obtained a wide range of positions in industry and continued in doctoral studies. 

Information regarding positions obtained by graduates can be found on our alumni page. In addition, a list of companies where our graduates have found jobs may be found here

For statistics on degrees awarded, please see statistics for previous years here


More resources are available at the CIS Grad webpage.

General information about the University of Pennsylvania may be found at:


Graduate Coordinator for ROBO
Office: The GRASP Treehouse in Building 250 at the Pennovation Center