Undergraduate Accelerated Graduate Program

Accelerated Graduate Program

The Accelerated Graduate Program – MS in Robotics is available to currently enrolled Carnegie Mellon undergraduates. It allows students to receive an admission decision to the MS in Robotics (MSR) program early and without paying to submit a full application. Students interested in the program should apply at the beginning of their senior year. Admission decisions are announced the following January. The goal is to confirm acceptance prior to the normal job search and graduate school acceptance times. Early admission may also allow students to tailor the remainder of their undergraduate program to prepare for the masters program.

*If a student applies to this program and other MS/PhD programs and if admitted to this and other programs, the student must choose one program.


  • Current Carnegie Mellon undergraduate student in their senior year
  • Not enrolled in any other graduate program (including other accelerated or IMB programs)
  • Have identified a RI faculty member who has agreed to advise your MSR thesis research project (Advantageous if you have but no longer required)

Application Components

  • Statement of Purpose – A two-page statement that covers the following:
    • a short description of your career goals,
    • an overview of your research experience and how it prepares you for this program, and
    • a description of the research you plan to undertake
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Three Recommendation Letters –
    • If you have an MSR research advisor identified one should be from this person.
    • Ideally, the others would come from faculty members and/or outside sources (e.g., supervisor from a summer internship).
    • Recommendation letters should be sent from your recommendor directly to Barbara (B.J.) Fecich. (barbarajean@cmu.edu)

Applications will be accepted September 15th through December 1st.

Application (statement of purpose and unofficial transcript are uploaded in the application) and recommendation letters must be received by 11:59pm on December 1st (this is a strict deadline). There is no application fee and we do not require GRE (or TOEFL) scores for this application.

Admission decisions will be provided via email before the start of the spring semester in January.

For additional information (including curriculum and degree specifics) see the Master of Science in Robotics (MSR) Curriculum Page.

Contact the MSR Program Manager, Barbara (B.J.) Fecich with questions.

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