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Master of Science - Robotic Systems Development Program

A Unique Program

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Robotic Systems Development (MRSD) is an advanced graduate degree with a focus on technical and business skills. The program is designed for recent college graduates or practicing professionals that are already engaged in, or wish to enter, the robotics and automation field as practitioners in the commercial sector. MRSD distinguishes itself from other programs by teaching the multidisciplinary know-how and skills needed to succeed in industry.

The MRSD curriculum provides a broad education in the sciences and technologies of robotics, reinforces theory through hands-on laboratory projects and exposes students to practical business principles and skills. The unique curriculum allows students to work as a team towards 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 15 (early application deadline Dec 3).

Additional information

For more information, please contact Julie Goldstein (, 412-268-4017.