RAV Closed to New Applications
With the initiation of a new graduate program in Robotics offered through the Rackham Graduate School beginning in Fall 2014, the Master of Engineering in Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles (RAV) degree program offered through ISD is now closed to new applications. As the program is phased out, the RAV curriculum will be available to all previously admitted students.
Students who are interested in graduate study in Robotics at the University of Michigan are encouraged to learn about the new Doctoral and Master's programs offered through the Rackham Graduate School and administered by the College of Engineering. Click here for more information about the Robotics graduate program and how to apply.
The 30-credit program provides breadth beyond the engineering discipline as well as a systems engineering perspective. Students complete their master's degree with a significant and industrially-relevant team project experience that emphasizes team building and industry/government participations.
Variety of Courses
Course offerings include sensing, perception and cognition, intelligence and learning, mechatronics (mechanical engineering and electronic engineering), propulsion and power management, system integration, management, and financial analysis.
Who Should Apply
This new master's degree is designed to provide focused engineering education for students who are interested in a career involving the design, creation, and utilization of mobile robots or intelligent vehicles. Artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, autonomous vehicles, computational game theory, and mechanism design are only a few of the areas where this degree can be applied.
The future is bright in both the commercial and military worlds for graduates who have the educational training that will enable them to work on robotics and autonomous vehicles. There is a growing demand for robotics technology professionals. Intelligence through electronics will eventually be found in all future mechanical systems. In addition to commercial and military applications, widespread growth is anticipated in home, entertainment, and human assistance. Potential employers are eager to hire engineers with a relevant degree who can help them innovate and compete.
The Masters in RAV requires 30 credit hours with at least 24 graded hours (not pass/fail) and 18 hours must be in technical courses at the 500-level and above. Students are also required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 5.0/9.0 (B average) and may have no more than 6 credit hours transferred from selected schools. Students are also required to complete a Capstone Project (RAV503) typically taken near the end of the program.