I was placed on the waitlist, what is the likelihood of being admitted?
Congratulations on being on our waitlist. We understand this is a stressful time for you and you are likely balancing offers from other programs and institutions. Know we will do our best to keep you updated about your status. We ask for first round admission offers to make a decision by March 31st so we can provide an answer to those on our waitlist in advance of April 15th.
Is there an open house for admitted MSR students?
While there is not a scheduled open house for admitted Masters students, you are welcome to visit the Robotics Institute on your own, at any time. You should ﬁrst contact the faculty you are interested in meeting to make sure they will be available during your planned visit. This will help ensure your time on campus is as informative as possible.
Can I defer admission?
The MSR program typically grants an admission deferral for up to one year. To request a one year deferral, the student must send a written request (email is acceptable) to the Program Manager, Barbara Jean (B.J.) Fecich no later than March 31st. Deferral of admission comes with the stipulation that by January 31st of the following year, the student will provide written conﬁrmation and deposit to secure their spot in the program for the subsequent fall semester.
Post MSR / Graduation Questions
Upon completion of the MSR program, can I automatically be admitted to the Robotics Doctoral program?
No, to be considered for the Doctoral program you need to apply through the standard application process.
What jobs have MSR students have received upon completion of the program?
Some student elect to share their job information via the Robotics Institute Alumni page. Additional detailed job information is available via the Career and Professional Development Center.
MSR Program Questions
Can I transfer courses or get credit for coursework taken at a different institution?
While we do not transfer courses taken at other institutions, you may request a core course waiver based on previous experience with course material. If the core course waiver is approved, the core course is waived and students select an additional approved elective course in its place. This maintains the required 84 units of coursework for the degree.
How do I ﬁnd a research advisor?
First year graduate students attend a week-long RI Orientation the week before fall classes begin. This contains departmental on-boarding, research overviews, departmental information and social/ community networking events. Masters students will be responsible for ﬁnding their own advisor and have until the end of October to do so. Since most of the Masters students are self-supported, it is important to ﬁnd an advisor that, has the time to advise you, an advising approach that coincides with your personality and who has a project that you would be interested in working on.
Where can I ﬁnd a listing of the Robotics faculty and their research interests?
Please refer to the listing of Robotics Faculty and Research Areas pages for details.
Can I obtain funding in the first semester or in the future?
If you already have a connection with a faculty research advisor in RI they must provide funding details prior to July 31st for fall funding (tuition coverage and/or stipend). This is a strict deadline with no exceptions. If you do not already have a connection with an RI faculty member who is willing to advise you for fall it will be hard to make that connection prior to the July 31st deadline. Faculty typically ask students to wait until fall orientation events before they discuss lab and funding availability. Once you have connected with an advisor, it is relatively common for them to have some funding available in subsequent semesters, but again, there are no guarantees. Funding for spring is due in mid-November. We cannot predict if funding will become available during any part of your 24-month program. You should be prepared to be a self-supported Masters student throughout the duration of the program.
What percentage of students receive funding (as a Research Assistant - RA) in subsequent semesters?
A decent percentage of MSR students receive funding for at least a portion of their program. The percentage of students funded varies greatly on the semester and incoming funding opportunities. There is no way for us to predict your chances of funding. Faculty have the option to fund 0-100% of a monthly stipend and/or tuition on a semester basis. It depends on your research advisor, the funding sources, project(s) you are working on and your skillset. We cannot predict if funding will become available during any part of your 24-month program. You should be prepared to be a self-supported Masters student throughout the duration of the program.
Are there Teaching Assistantships (TA) available?
While there are a few Teaching Assistantships (TA) available, it is not encouraged unless you have taken the course here at CMU; even then, it’s challenging to balance research, course work, a personal life, and being a TA. You are eligible for an RI TA position beginning in your second semester. Most MS-Research students do not consider being a TA a viable option. If English is not your first language you would also need to take the ITA test to demonstrate adequate language and communication ability prior to be hired as a TA.
What is the cost of living, and other expenses, that I need to take into account when planning financially?
Tuition: $45,700 (20-21 and 21-22 academic years) Living Expenses: $20,855 Supplies/Fees: $2,212 Health Insurance: $2,340 Total: $69,689 Dependents: Spouse - $8,472, First Child - $6,384, Additional Children - $4,176 * Aside from tuition, the rest are estimates provided by the Office of International Education for incoming international students, actual cost may vary. If you require an I-20 or DS-2019 you must provide proof of financial support for the first academic year of study. Additional information can be found here: https://www.cmu.edu/oie/foreign-students/index.html
International Student / Immigration Questions
What is the deadline to send the International Student Information (ISI) Form to the Oﬃce of International Education (OIE)?
There is not an explicit deadline for you to mail the required documents. However, your Certiﬁcate of Eligibility will be sent to you within four-six weeks of receipt of all necessary documents. Packages containing incomplete or insuﬃcient information will not be processed. You should plan accordingly and act as promptly as possible to avoid unnecessary delays. We anticipate a rather lengthy visa acquisition process this year.
May I extend the program / I-20 longer than 24 months?
No, unfortunately, we cannot extend the length of the program or the date on your I-20/visa documentation. You must complete all Master’s degree requirements within 24 months.
If you have additional questions, please contact the MSR Program Manager, Barbara Jean (B.J.) Fecich, at email@example.com.