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.
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
- 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.
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
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 Institute for Experiential Learning, the Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory, and the KRI Aerial facility.
The MS programs’ student learning outcome is the ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.
Over 15 graduate certificates are available to provide students the opportunity to develop a specialization in an area of their choice. Certificates can be taken in addition to or in combination with a master’s degree, or provide a pathway to a master’s degree in Northeastern’s College of Engineering. Master’s programs can also be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Students should consult with their faculty advisor regarding these options.
Students in the MS in Robotics program have three concentrations from which to choose.
After completing the M.S. in Robotics program at Northeastern, you will be equipped with an interdisciplinary skill-set that can evolve over time to suit your changing research and career interests, as well as an ever-evolving industry.
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.
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