Resources for Incoming Master's Students

Dear New Robotics MSE Students,

Welcome to the Robotics Graduate Program within the School of Engineering & Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania! We look forward to your arrival at Penn and are excited to work together in making your graduate career here productive and enjoyable. Below you will find helpful links for resources, courses and advising to help you get started before arriving on campus. I've also attached a plan of study form for you to use and reference when planning your courses as well. 

In addition, if you have had a change of plans in regards to becoming a Robo MSE Student…Please let Charity Payne know.

RESOURCES:  Pennkey Setup:
   Computer/Email Accounts:
   Penncard/Student ID:
   Student Health Service:
   Student Health Insurance:
   International Students:
   Campus Housing:
   University of Penn Map:
   School of Engineering Map


Ten courses are needed to complete the Robotics Master’s curriculum – three Foundational Courses, five Technical Elective Courses and two Robotics Electives or an optional thesis project.  Full-time Robotics students enroll in three courses in the Fall (and Spring) semester; part-time students enroll in at least one course.

Some courses that you may want to consider for the Fall semester include:

MEAM 520 Introduction to Robotics (Foundational Course)
ESE 504 Introduction to Optimization Theory (Technical Elective)
ENM 510 Foundations of Engineering Math (Technical Elective)
CIS 519 Intro to Machine Learning (Foundational Course)
CIS 520 Machine Learning (Foundational Course)
CIS 581 Computer Vision and Computational Photography (Foundational Course)


The following web resources also provide information which you will find useful in preparing your course of study:

Fall Robotics Course Options  
Robotics Master’s Program
Three-Year Academic Calendar
CIS course information
EAS course information
ENM course information    
ESE course information
MEAM course information

When you are ready to register...Please send your choices by email to me,   As classes are filling up you should register as soon as possible. At the start of the Fall semester you'll have about two weeks to add and drop courses – this gives you the opportunity to check out classes and make enrollment changes if you wish.


A Robotics faculty advisor will be asigned to you before the start of your Fall semester:

The Robotics Graduate Program Director, Dr. C.J. Taylor, can also provide advising assistance:;

A few 2nd year Robotics MSE students have volunteered to answer any questions you may have about the program. Feel free to contact...

Sai Krishnan Chandrasekar at
Arbaaz Khan at
Kim Luong at
Matt Novick at (Part-Time ROBO student)

***The School of Engineering & Robotics MSE Orientations will take place on Monday, August 28, 2017. The first day of classes for Fall 2015 will start on Tuesday, August 29th.