​Master of Engineering in Robotics

​The principal goal of the Master of Engineering (MEng) in Robotics degree program is to prepare individuals for professional practice in robotics engineering by leveraging the technical skills developed in an undergraduate engineering or physical science program.


The program​ is designed to be completed in 1.5 years, but it can be completed over a longer time period on a part-time basis. In order to finish in 1.5 years, students should take three courses (9 units) each in fall and spring semesters and four courses (12 units) in the second fall semester. For this program, the supervised project (6 units) is optional.


Preparation for the MEng in Robotics Program

The required courses assume the following foundations in mechanical engineering and materials science, electrical engineering, systems engineering and computer science. Although they do not count toward the degree program, they are recommended for those students who lack these foundations.

  • MEMS 255 Engineering Mechanics II (mechanical engineering and materials science foundation, fall and spring)
  • ESE 351 Signals and Systems (electrical and systems engineering foundation, fall and spring)
  • CSE 501N Programming Concepts and Practice (computer science foundation, fall)

Course Option

This option is intended for those employed in local industry who wish to pursue a graduate degree on a part-time basis, or for full-time students who do not seek careers in research. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 out of a possible 4.0 over all courses applied toward the degree. Under the course option, students may not take ESE 599 Master's Research, and with faculty permission may take up to 3 units of ESE 500 Independent Study for the MSEE program and up to 6 units of ESE 500 for the MSSSM, MSDAS, MCE and MER programs.

Thesis Option

This option is intended for those pursuing full-time study and engaged in research projects. Candidates for this degree must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of course instruction and six (6) credit hours of thesis research (ESE 599). These six (6) credit hours of thesis research can be counted as part of the 15 graduate-level electrical engineering credit hours for the MSEE program and as part of electives for the MSSSM, MSDAS, MCE and MER programs. The student must write a master's thesis and defend it in an oral examination.