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Master of Engineering in Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles

Step Into The Future With A Master's Degree
that Lets You Bring Technology to Life

Step Into The Future With A Master's Degree<br>
 that Lets You Bring Technology to Life

Ranked among the top engineering schools in the country, the University of Michigan College of Engineering has a long tradition in robotics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous navigation, with a special focus on manufacturing reliability and powertrains.

These strengths provide a unique advantage for students in this new program because the underlying technologies in robotics and autonomous vehicles significantly overlap those used in automobiles. The first generation of robotic applications in industry primarily produced stationary manipulators such as robotic arms that replaced tedious labor, often in toxic environments; the dawning of the second generation is rapidly setting robots free. Mobile robots capable of changing their tactical behaviors and autonomous vehicles are being developed; this program provides students the opportunity to take part in this new generation of Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles.


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.