Master of science in robotics
Pursue a career with measurable impact in Wayne State University’s industry-driven master of science in robotics degree program. With applications across every aspect of day-to-day life — especially in mobility, manufacturing, agriculture, health care and supply chain management — the hands-on M.S. in robotics positions you for success in a variety of roles and sectors.
- Three concentrations to customize your learning
- State-of-the-art research laboratories
- Thesis or non-thesis track option
- No GRE to apply
- Online study option
Prepare for fast-paced, high-demand environments at the leading edge of the automation and technology sector. The robotics master’s degree program at Wayne State is designed for smart technology in areas like autonomous driving, connectivity, smart infrastructure and electrification. You’ll study and apply programming languages like Python, develop methods of engineering analysis, and practice theories and applications for robot architectures, sensing, perception, planning, dynamics and control.
Complete the 30-credit master’s in robotics engineering on a Plan A (Doctoral degree track) or Plan C (professional preparation track) degree path. On Plan A, you will complete 24 course credits and a six-credit master’s thesis. Plan C involves 30 credits of coursework, which can include six credits of internship experience.
The robotics program curriculum offers three concentration options: industrial automation, intelligent control or smart mobility. The industrial automation option can also be completed online.
Three concentration options to customize your study
Wayne State’s master of science in robotics program can be tailored to fit your career ambitions. Build your expertise in one of three concentrations:
- Industrial Automation (online), hosted by the Engineering Technology (ET) department.
This online program prepares you for heavy industrial environments with skills in engineering analysis, industrial applications of advanced programmable controllers, machine tool laboratories, robotics and flexible manufacturing.
- Intelligent Control, hosted by the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department.
Place yourself at the forefront of the next generation of technology through courses in fuzzy systems, industrial robot modeling and simulation, Python, VLSI systems, nonlinear control systems, and smart sensor technology.
- Smart mobility, hosted by the Computer Science (CSC) department.
Design and improve mobility solutions by developing a background in cyber-physical systems, mechatronics, computer graphics, AI and machine learning.
- M.S. in robotics — Industrial automation courses (online)
Course code Course title Credits Foundational Areas (Please select 1 course from each area) 10
Robot Software & Programming
CSC 6110 Software Engineering or ET 5600 Python: Industrial Applications Robot Architectures CSC/ECE 5280 Introduction to Cyber-Physical Systems or ET 5100 Fundamentals of Mechatronics and Industrial Applications
Robot Sensing, Perception, Planning, Dynamics & Control
ECE 5425 Robotic Systems I or MIT 5700 Industrial Robots Modeling and Simulation Departmental Requirement 4 ET 7430 Methods of Engineering Analysis Electives 16 EET 5720 Computer Networking Applications EET 5730 Embedded Systems Networking EET 7720 Advanced Computer Networking ET 5110 Advanced Programmable Controllers and Industrial Applications ET 5870 Engineering Project Management ET 7300 Advanced Battery Systems for Electric-drive Vehicles ET 7800 Industrial Robots Dynamics and Control MCT 5150 Hybrid Vehicle Technology MCT 5210 Energy Sources and Conversion MIT 5500 Machine Tool Laboratory MIT 7700 Robotics and Flexible Manufacturing ET 7999 Master's Project Total credits 30
- M.S. in robotics — Intelligent control courses
Course code Course title Credits Foundational Areas (Please select 1 course from each area) 10 Robot Software & Programming CSC 6110 Software Engineering or ET 5600 Python: Industrial Applications Robot Architectures CSC/ECE 5280 Introduction to Cyber-Physical Systems or ET 5100 Fundamentals of Mechatronics and Industrial Applications Robot Sensing, Perception, Planning, Dynamics & Control ECE 5425 Robotic Systems I or MIT 5700 Industrial Robots Modeling and Simulation Departmental Requirements 8 ECE 5470 Control Systems II ECE 7425 Robotics Systems II Electives 12 ECE 5440 Computer-Controlled Systems ECE 5620 Embedded System Design ECE 6570 Smart Sensor Technology I: Design ECE 5690 Introduction to Digital Image Processing ECE 5770 Digital Signal Processing ECE 6660 Introduction to VLSI Systems ECE 7420 Nonlinear Control Systems ECE 7430 Discrete Event Systems with Machine Learning ECE 7440 Dynamic Systems and Optimal Control ECE 7530 Advanced Digital VLSI Design ECE 7690 Fuzzy Systems ECE 8999 Master's Thesis Research and Direction Total Credits 30
- M.S. in robotics — Smart Mobility
Course code Course title Credits Foundational Areas (Please select 1 course from each area) 10 Robot Software & Programming CSC 6110 Software Engineering or ET 5600 Python: Industrial Applications Robot Architectures CSC/ECE 5280 Introduction to Cyber-Physical Systems or ET 5100 Fundamentals of Mechatronics and Industrial Applications Robot Sensing, Perception, Planning, Dynamics & Control ECE 5425 Robotic Systems I or MIT 5700 Industrial Robots Modeling and Simulation Department Requirement 3 CSC 5100 Introduction to Mobility Electives 17 CSC 5250 Network, Distributed, and Concurrent Programming CSC 5270 Computer Systems Security CSC 5825 Introduction to Machine Learning and Applications CSC 5870 Computer Graphics I CSC 6280 Real-Time and Embedded Operating Systems CSC 6800 Artificial Intelligence I CSC 6860 Digital Image Processing and Analysis CSC 6870 Computer Graphics II * CSC 7991 Advanced Topics in Computer Science CSC 8990 Graduate Seminar CSC 8999 Master's Thesis Research and Direction Total Credits 30
Fast track your master’s degree with AGRADE (4+1)
Save time and money while advancing your credentials in Wayne State’s Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE) program. If you are accepted into AGRADE, you will complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years by selecting 16 credits of coursework to count toward both your B.S. and M.S. in robotics.
The thriving industrial robotics sector is projected to expand nearly 12% annually to more than $33 billion in the next decade. The M.S. in robotics equips you with the theoretical expertise and practical skills necessary to design, operate, maintain and reimagine the tools to sustain that growth.
Salaries in the robotics field range from $60,000 for mechanical engineering technologists and technicians to more than $120,000 for engineers working in nuclear energy, oil and gas.
Common job titles include:
- Robotics engineer
- Electromechanical and robotics technician
- Mechanical engineer
- Design engineer
- Software engineer
- Hardware engineer
- Sales engineer
- Aerospace engineer
- Computer scientist
- UI/UX designer
Tuition and financial aid
Invest in your future at a low overall cost: Wayne State is the most affordable of Michigan’s top research universities, and our generous financial aid packages include scholarships and assistantships that can fund your studies and expand your professional experience.
Learn more about Wayne State’s cost of attendance.
While we recommend holding a bachelor’s or the equivalent in engineering from an accredited college or university, we consider accredited degrees from all science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines for admission. The minimum GPA for regular admission is 2.75, and 2.5 to 2.74 for qualified admission. We will also consider your professional experience in our admission decisions.
Admission to the program is also contingent upon satisfying the following requirements:
- No other supplemental admission documents are required. However, you may submit letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and a professional resume/CV to aid the admission evaluation process.
- If you have earned your degree(s) from a country where English is not the native language, you must demonstrate English proficiency via a qualified examination: a minimum score of 79 from the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or 550 from a paper-based TOEFL (pBT), an IELTS score of 6.5 or an overall Duolingo score of 125.
- International applicants are required to submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation. Accepted evaluation services include WES, ECE or SpanTran. Note that the official transcript evaluation must be transmitted directly from the evaluating agency to the WSU Office of Graduate Admissions. The transcript evaluation will serve as your official transcript.
- All applicants must pay the $50 application fee.
- Fall (begins in August): July 15
- Winter (begins in January): Nov. 1
- Spring/summer (spring begins in May; summer begins in June): Feb. 1
Learn more about graduate admissions.
Pioneer the future with a master of science in robotics
Leap into the emerging and expanding workforce of robotics technologists and engineering specialists through Wayne State’s master of science in robotics program. Explore opportunities to earn your degree online, concentrate in industrial automation, intelligent control or smart mobility, and define your future with a thesis or internship.