Master of Science in Robotics (MSR)

Designing the Future

By emphasizing both theory and practice, the MSR program is designed to meet the needs of professionals seeking advanced training as well as scholars who want to explore robotics through structured, guided instruction. Graduates of the MSR program will understand the fundamentals of robotics and be prepared to develop and deploy robotic devices.

Welcome to the

Master of Science in Robotics

The MSR program consists of 30 credit hours of graduate level coursework, and offers a Masters thesis track or a course-based only track. The curriculum consists of a core of six (6) required courses, and four (4) electives. The latter are selected from an approved list of graduate courses and are designed to provide the opportunity for specialization in particular academic subareas such as control, estimation, optimization, or machine learning.

Students interested in our full-time campus experience are able to complete all degree requirements below, including the optional thesis, in as little as 18 to 24 months. See admission requirements and application information below.

Contact us for more information
Email: me-gradinfo@udel.edu
Phone: 302-831-2423

Degree Requirements

1. The following six courses are required (18 credits):

MEEG 621 Linear Systems
CISC 621 Algorithm Design and Analysis
MEEG 671 Introduction to Robotics
MEEG 678 Introduction to Autonomous Driving
CISC 642 Introduction to Computer Vision
MAST 632 Environmental Field Robotics

2. Students must choose four graduate level engineering electives (12 credits). These are pre-approved: 

CISC 681 Artificial Intelligence
CISC 684 Introduction to Machine Learning
MEEG 620 Intermediate Dynamics
MEEG 677 Introduction to State Estimation
MEEG 698 Stochastic Optimal Control
MEEG 829 Applied Nonlinear Control
MEEG 877 Sensing and Estimation in Robotics
MEEG 890 Nonlinear Programming
MEEG 894 Linear Feedback Control Design
MEEG 895 Game Theory & Mechanism Design

If pursuing the thesis option, two of the electives are substituted for Master’s thesis credits. Graduate-level independent study can substitute for up to six (6) graduate elective credits along a non-thesis degree track. Independent study activities can take place outside the campus, in the context of semester-long internships with approved industry or government partners, but always under the supervision and oversight of a faculty member from the participating academic units, who will be ultimately responsible for assigning a grade for the course.

Through their choice of technical electives, students in the MSR program have the option to select from one of five academic concentrations, each of which involves a set of three related fundamental courses:

  1. Control:
    MEEG 621 (Linear Systems); MEEG 698 (Stochastic Optimal Control) or MEEG 894 (Linear Feed-back Control Design); MEEG 829 (Applied Nonlinear Control)
  2. Estimation:
    MEEG 621 (Linear Systems); MEEG 677 (Introduction to State Estimation); MEEG 877 (Sensing and Estimation in Robotics)
  3. Artificial Intelligence:
    CISC 621 (Algorithm Design and Analysis); CISC 684 (Intro to Machine Learning); CISC 642 (Computer Vision)
  4. Design:
    MEEG 620 (Dynamics); MEEG 671 (Intro to Robotics); MAST 632 (Environmental Field Robotics)
  5. Optimization:
    CISC 621 (Algorithms); MEEG 895 (Game Theory and Mechanism Design); MEEG 890 (Nonlinear Programming)

See official program policy statement for details. For more information about this program, contact me-gradinfo@udel.edu

Program Faculty

Guoquan Huang

Guoquan Huang

Assistant Professor

 
Andreas Malikopoulos

Andreas Malikopoulos

Terri Connor Kelly and John Kelly Career Development Associate Professor

 
Ioannis Poulakakis

Ioannis Poulakakis

Associate Professor

 
Christopher Rasmussen

Christopher Rasmussen

Associate Professor

 
Valery Roy

Valery Roy

Associate Professor

 
Vijay Shanker

Vijay Shanker

Professor

 
Herbert Tanner

Herbert Tanner

Professor

 
Arthur Trembanis

Arthur Trembanis

Associate Professor

 

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the MSR program are the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering or in a closely allied field of science or mathematics. Applicants with degrees in other disciplines may be admitted with provisional status and may be required to complete prerequisite courses that are deemed necessary for appropriate preparation for courses in the program.
  • An undergraduate grade point average in engineering, science and mathematics courses of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) combined Quantitative and Verbal score of 308 (1200). Waivers may be considered on a case-by-case basis, with documented approval by the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Admissions Committee.
  • International applicants: The TOEFL with a minimum of 100 on the IBT and a speaking score of 20. IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 with no individual sub-score below 6.0 on the IELTS alternative.
  • Three letters of recommendation from former teachers or supervisors.
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose

All items should be uploaded into your graduate application (https://grad-admissions.udel.edu/apply/). Admission is selective and competitive based on the number of well qualified applicants and the research opportunities available with the faculty. Meeting the stated minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Andreas Malikopoulos tests technologies for connected and automated vehicles on a smaller scale at the University of Delaware’s Scaled Smart City (UDSSC) testbed.

Engineers and plant scientists use robotics to optimize corn growth.

Indrajeet Yadav is doing research with his drone to help identify radioactive materials for government/commercial use.

Guoquan Huang has a received a NSF grant to work on drones with his graduate students.

Engineers and plant scientists use robotics to optimize corn growth.

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Robotics applications, from drones to automated vehicles and more, are surging in popularity as robotic devices become more sophisticated and accessible than ever before. The University of Delaware’s interdisciplinary Master of Science in Robotics program is answering the societal, government, and industry need for specialized education in this field.

Tuition & Deadlines

Tuition rates of all programs can be seen on the Graduate Office’s Tuition webpage.

Application Deadlines

MSR Fall admission:
January 31: Priority consideration for admission
July 31: Final deadline to apply

MSR Spring admission:
October 31: Priority consideration for admission
December 31: Final deadline to apply

Contact us for more information
Email: me-gradinfo@udel.edu
Phone: 302-831-6570

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