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Master of Science in Robotics

An Interdisciplinary Approach to an Ever-Evolving Field

The Master of Science in Robotics (MS-ROB) program at Northeastern looks at this fundamentally interdisciplinary field from three connected angles: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science.

Through a technically challenging curriculum, hands-on learning, and industry co-op placements, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the algorithms, sensors, control systems, and mechanisms used in robotics to help you stand out in the field and make transformative impact on society.

Innovative Curriculum

Students with academic or career backgrounds in computer science or mechanical or electrical engineering are well suited to this program, and will take advanced core courses in all three areas. You can further specialize your degree with flexible electives in areas such as:

  • Mechatronic systems
  • Manipulation
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Sensing and navigation
  • Mobile and field robots
  • Medical robotics
  • Machine learning

Upon graduating with your MS-ROB degree, you’ll be prepared for engineering or management jobs in the growing field of robotics, or to progress into a doctoral degree in robotics or related multidisciplinary areas across Computer Science and Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

Academic Details

The Master of Science in Robotics (MS-ROB) program is a multidisciplinary program with the following three concentrations, 1) MS in Robotics with Concentration in Mechanical Engineering, 2) MS in Robotics with Concentration in Electrical Engineering, and 3) MS in Robotics with Concentration in Computer Science.  Each student will be required to take a total of 32 SHs of coursework that includes four core courses covering the fundamentals of robotics, and four elective courses from a variety of areas in both COE and the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, and across the university, to explore fundamental robotics disciplines and technical applications.  A minimum GPA of 3.0 will be required for degree completion.  MSROB graduates will be well positioned to get engineering or management jobs in the growing field of robotics or to progress into doctoral degrees in robotics or related areas.

Graduate students accepted into any of the concentration in MSROB can choose one of the three options: i) coursework only track (32 SH course work), ii) project track (28 SH course work plus 4 SH project), or iii) thesis track (24 SH course work plus 8 SH thesis).  Students who want to pursue project or thesis options must find, within their first year of study, a faculty member or a research advisor who will be willing to direct and supervise a mutually agreed research project or MS thesis.  Moreover, students who receive financial support from the university in the form of a research, teaching, or tuition assistantship must complete an 8-semester-hour (SHs) thesis.

Students enrolled in the program have the opportunity to also pursue one of the many engineering graduate certificate options in addition to or in combination with this program. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding these options.


Cutting-edge Facilities

Robotics at Northeastern is an important and multidisciplinary undertaking. Your academic home as an MS-ROB student is at our Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC), a 220,000-square-foot a hub for collaborative research and innovation. You’ll have access to high-quality and state-of-the-art equipment in a number of advanced laboratories and research centers, such as the Center for Robotics, the Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory, and the KRI Aerial facility.

Hands-On Experience

You’ll gain crucial hands-on experience desired by employers by designing and developing robotics projects in both individual and group settings, as well as alongside our top faculty.

Our classes incorporate direct interaction with a variety of robotic systems, including:

  • An autonomous Lincoln MKZ car
  • Multiple deep-rated autonomous underwater vehicles
  • Dozens of unmanned aerial and ground robotic systems
  • commercial and research manipulators
  • Biologically inspired robots

Cooperative education at Northeastern is another vital hands-on learning opportunity for MS-ROB students, in which you’ll spend your placement working in innovative industries ranging from technology to energy to automotive here in Boston and across the country. Recent MS-ROB co-op partners include:

  • Toyota Research Institute
  • Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory
  • Google
  • Apple
  • NIO Robotics
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • General Dynamics – Bluefin Robotics
  • iRobot
  • Boston Dynamics

Career Outlook

According to a report by McKinsey*, the economic impact of advanced robotics by 2025 could be between $1.7 and $4.5 trillion. The Boston area is a hub for robotics research and industry—including Amazon Robotics, Teradyne, and Bluefin Robotics—and Northeastern is proud to play a large role in educating tomorrow’s leaders in this emerging area. 

After completing the M.S. in Robotics program at Northeastern, you will be equipped with an interdisciplinary skillset that can evolve over time to suit your changing research and career interests, as well as an ever-evolving industry.


Learning Outcomes: 

The M.S. programs' student learning outcome is

  • The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.

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