Explore a Wide Variety of Robotics Fields and Topics

Explore a Wide Variety of Robotics Fields and Topics

Example project areas include bio-inspired sensing and control, haptics, automatic control, dynamics, swarm robotics, prosthetics, and human-robot interaction.

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Quick Facts

The basics at-a-glance

Degree earned: Master of Science in Robotics


Northwestern University’s Evanston campus

Easy access to Chicago’s downtown campus and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

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12-15 months full-time (depending on optional summer internship)

Classes held weekdays, starting in September

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Class Size

Small cohort of 15-20 students

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Priority deadline:
February 15

Final deadline:
April 30

First consideration given to applications received by priority deadline

Application opens
September 15

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Dr. Malcom MaclverMSR Faculty

“ I've never interacted with a group of master’s students that were as ambitious and curious as those I find in the MSR program. So, prepare to be inspired and pushed by the work ethic and thoughtfulness of the other people in your program.”

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Felix WangMSR ’18

Research Assistant at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)

“ Potential employers love to see a portfolio of concrete project work, and MSR gives us just that. The project-based nature of the program gives us the chance to take classes and then apply what we learn in practice.”

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James SohnMSR ’19

“ Robotics is at the intersection of other core engineering subjects, such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science...I'm looking forward to the MSR program giving me that training.”

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Lauren HutsonMSR '18

Robotics Software Engineer at Diligent Robotics

“ For me, the fact that the MSR program was robotics-specific was the main point of appeal. I wanted to work in the field of robotics and was looking for a program where I could learn robot specific skills like kinematics and dynamics and also pursue my interest in artificial intelligence.”

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Mario SebascoMSR '17

Robotics Engineer at HDT Global

“ I would definitely not be doing what I do today were it not for the MSR program and all the projects we worked on. I think the program did a great job of filling the gaps in my knowledge and made me more competent not only in my background in mechanical engineering but also in electrical engineering and computer science. Those three topics are the foundation of robotics engineering and I rely on them in order to do my job now.”

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Why Northwestern?

Unique program features

Our program is designed for passionate, problem-solving, and deeply curious professionals with the desire to work in robotics or artificial intelligence. While exposing students to a broad range of engineering and other disciplines, the rigor of our curriculum coupled with our hands-on, project-based work enables our graduates to chart their own career path and choose from the ever-growing options in this exciting field.

Robust Curriculum

Robust Curriculum

Develop sought-after robotics-relevant knowledge and experience in computer science, mathematics, and mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering.

Collaborate with world-class faculty on work including swarm and aerial robotics, robotic manipulation, haptic interfaces, bio-inspired sensing and control, and prosthetics engineering.

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Invaluable Portfolio

Invaluable Portfolio

Gain hands-on experience working on cutting-edge Northwestern research projects and with other leading industrial program partners like the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

Graduate with an indispensable project portfolio that demonstrates your experience, capabilities, and knowledge.

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Focused Cohort

Focused Cohort

Engage in a small cohort of like-minded students, which encourages peer-learning and the building of strong professional and social networks.

Benefit from the nimble nature of our program which allows for faculty to focus on developing students’ individual technical and professional skills.

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Career Outcomes

Career Outcomes

Students and alumni have been hired for internships and full-time positions across a wide array of companies including 3M, Apple, Auris Health, Boeing, Boston Dynamics, and Waymo.

Those with entrepreneurial spirits have been involved with startups, and still others have chosen to pursue a PhD at prestigious schools.

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Project Portfolios

View featured work created by the students in our program.

Our students develop an online portfolio showcasing the projects they’ve completed. The greatest benefit these portfolios create is the industry-ready tool the students use to share their work with potential employers or PhD programs.

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Inside Our Program

Preparing MSR Students for Success

Matthew Elwin has a number of roles in Northwestern Engineering's Master of Science in Robotics (MSR) program, but all of them influence his primary goal, which is making the student experience as valuable as possible.

Solving Physical Problems with Robotics

Northwestern Medicine's Julius Dewald collaborates with students in Northwestern Engineering's Master of Science in Robotics (MSR) program to develop robotics for rehabilitation purposes.

Incorporating Robotics into Construction

Abhishek Patil (MSR '16) talks about robotics in construction and how his time in Northwestern Engineering's Master of Science in Robotics (MSR) program prepared him to help develop cutting-edge technology for the industry.

McCormick Graduates

McCormick Graduates Celebrate 163rd Commencement

During a ceremony on June 13, Dean Julio M. Ottino and keynote speaker Bruce Mau commended graduates for overcoming challenges and shared optimism over their potential to bring change to the world.

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