Master of Science in robotics: industrial automation (online)

Robotics is becoming more integrated into daily life as technology-driven environments evolve, particularly in the areas of mobility, manufacturing, agriculture, health care and supply chain management. It has been estimated that the worldwide industrial robotics market is expected to reach $116 billion by 2030, and skilled operators are needed to compensate for that significant growth.

Wayne State University's online master's in robotics with concentration in industrial automation provides convenience and flexibility without compromising the knowledge or learning experience you would traditionally have in a classroom setting. Graduates of this program are well equipped to excel in developing advanced technologies and meet the robotics industry's rising demand for talent.

With this online program, Wayne State can provide a global reach and diverse perspective. By studying alongside students from around the world, you can learn from different cultures and experiences while gaining a broader understanding of robotics and industrial automation.

What you'll learn in industrial automation

The online M.S. in robotics with concentration in industrial automation, delivered by Wayne State's Engineering Technology Division, offers students and working professionals with backgrounds in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics or similar backgrounds a comprehensive skillset that can be used across diverse and emerging applications of robotics to meet industry needs.

Students will gain technical training and expertise that will prepare them to:

  • Develop automated and semi-automated systems in manufacturing, agriculture and supply chain management
  • Lead robotics engineering teams to manage complex projects
  • Further integrate adaptable and collaborative robotics in flexible manufacturing


This online program requires the completion of a minimum of 30 credits (14 core and 16 elective) of coursework, with the option of six credits for internship.

The required courses are:

  • ET 7430 Methods of Engineering Analysis
  • ET 5600 Python: Industrial Applications
  • ET 5100 Fundamentals of Mechatronics and Industrial Applications
  • MIT 5700 Industrial Robots Modeling and Simulation

Other topics students can explore include industrial robot programming, project management, hybrid vehicle technology, and industrial cobotics.

Real-world experiences and opportunities in industrial automation

You'll have opportunities to advance your studies and become a leader in robotics and industrial automation through multidisciplinary and translational research. Alongside faculty advisors and fellow students, you'll apply principles and theories to research models that could impact our understanding of new technologies and their effects.

Career outlook for individuals with an M.S. in robotics: industrial automation

As digital technology is more widely adopted by manufacturers, as well as the military and government agencies such as NASA, demand for skilled workers will continue to increase and new positions will be created. Wayne State will prepare you for careers in roles such as:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Artificial intelligence specialist
  • Electromechanical and robotics technician
  • Robotics engineer
  • Sales engineer
  • Software engineer

Learn more about Wayne State University's M.S. in robotics: industrial automation

The online master's in robotics with concentration in industrial automation at Wayne State University will provide you with the skills and training necessary to succeed in creating safer and more efficient robots that will revolutionize the industrial landscape and break down barriers between humans and machines. With broad interdisciplinary knowledge and hands-on experience, you'll stand out in the industrial automation domain and you'll connect with a global network of Wayne State alumni who are leaders in their fields.