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Master of Science - Robotic Systems Development Program

To all applicants starting with the 2014-2015 Class:

The MRSD curriculum continues to retain its 16-month duration, but has been updated to a 3-semester on-campus and a 3-month optional/voluntary summer internship format (between the 2nd/Spring and 3rd/Fall semester).

This new format will allow students to continue to receive the broad theoretical and hands-on technical and business training over the first two semesters, followed by a summer internship to be exposed to the professional world, prior to concluding their degree in the final (Fall) semester by taking additional technical elective classes to broaden and/or deepen their technical training, as well as be exposed to another business elective or a more advanced team-based real-world focused business-course.

The new website details the curriculum, internship and tuition associated with the revised MRSD curriculum, being offered to applicants starting in August 2014.

A Unique Program

The Master of Science (M.Sc.) Degree in Robotic Systems Development (MRSD) is an advanced graduate degree with a combined technical/business focus for recent-graduates / practicing-professionals already engaged in, or wishing to enter, the robotics and automation field as practitioners in the commercial sector. This Masters degree program distinguishes itself from any other offered program by teaching the multidisciplinary know-how and skills needed to succeed in today’s industry.

The MRSD curriculum provides a broad education in the sciences and technologies of robotics, while reinforcing theory through hands-on laboratory projects and exposing students to practical business principles and skills. This unique hands-on curriculum allows students to work on team-oriented and practical system-level robotics development and integration projects. Key business concepts and practices in the curriculum include technology planning, product conceptualization and development, team management, project management, prototyping, production, marketing, and sales.

State-of-the-art Instruction, Hands-on Experience, and Exposure to Key Business Concepts

Overall the MRSD provides course-level instruction in the main technology areas, hands-on project courses, seminar-style business and management courses and an optional/voluntary (albeit highly recommended) internship with a recognized robotics and automation industry partner company. The program’s curriculum is structured as 162 units of study and practice over 16 consecutive months. It is comprised of an on-campus three-semester full-time course load at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute including an optional 3-month summer practicum / internship with an affiliated industrial partner in the field of robotics and / or automation. The MRSD program distinguishes itself by combining state-of-the-art instruction in the science and technology of robotics, hands-on implementation experience, and exposure to key business concepts and practices essential to high-technology product development company operations. Students will not only learn about the latest technical robotics topics and scientific methods and solutions, but will also be challenged to apply and refine innovative thinking and problem solving techniques in a team-oriented setting.

Critical Skills

The skills and knowledge students will be exposed to in this program are the critical skills technology companies seek in applicants for innovative product development projects, team management, production-readiness, marketing, sales & support as well as strategic technology planning, budgeting and overall leadership. The MRSD program will ensure graduates have a high level of technical and managerial competence, making them extremely desirable employment candidates. Graduates will be capable of operating at a higher technical / managerial level within a company from the start, drastically reducing the on-the-job training duration companies typically invest into an employee. They can expect to make an immediate higher-level contribution to their employers in the development and transition-to-production of future generations of integrated robotic and automation technologies, and / or be better prepared for the entrepreneurial world when it comes to starting up a new business.

Further Information

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The application period is Mid Sept through Dec 16 (early application deadline Dec 4).

Additional information

For more information, contact Ashley Brito (, (412) 268-4017).