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Master of Science - Robotics Technology Program

The MS-RT professional masters degree program1 trains future leaders of robotics and intelligent automation enterprises and agencies in the principles and practices of robotics and automation science and engineering, software engineering, and management. The program is appropriate for students with backgrounds in an engineering or science discipline and practical abilities in computer systems and software engineering. Classroom training is reinforced by an extensive supervised practicum designed to expose the students to research laboratory and industrial environments. They will thus acquire - and be expected to demonstrate - individual and group competence in the skills and practices that will be needed to support the entrepreneurial teams they will lead upon their return to their home countries.

The two-year program is composed of two one-year phases. First year studies are at an international partner institution's campus via distance education materials produced by the Robotics Institute and delivered by the partner's faculty. Successful students transition to Carnegie Mellon's main campus to complete a second year of classes and an extensive practicum. Graduates are eligible to pursue additional practical training in the US before returning to their home countries.

Preferably the additional training will be an internship with a company in the US that, afterwards, will employ the student at a division in his or her home country. The program's intention is for graduates to return home to entrepreneurial activities that will contribute to sustainable development there.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the MS-RT Year-Two Program at CMU, Pittsburgh campus is $48,000. Additional details about graduate student fees and estimated cost of living in Pittsburgh can be found at:

Additional information

For more information, contact Rachel Burcin (, (412) 268-4272).

  • 1Historical Note: During the pilot study version of this program that operated between 2003 and 2007 some graduates received MS-IT degrees and some received MS-IT RT degrees. The current program was approved to award the unique MS-RT degree. For simplicity in this discussion, students who completed the pilot program are sometime also identified as MS-RT graduates.