Admissions

What to know when applying to the Master's in Robotics program

The new Master's in Robotics program is launching in Fall 2020. The application process for the inaugural class has already begun—here's what you need to know if you are looking to apply to the program.

Be sure to also view the information below for general questions about the program!

Application Deadline: May 15 (Applications submitted by March 1 will get a preference for financial support)

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Read the full program overview for all of the relevant information regarding the program.

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When ready to apply, read the information below and learn how to submit your application.

Admission Requirements

You will need to submit several pieces of information when applying to the M.S program, they are as follows:

  • Degree
    • The Master's in Robotics program is very interdisciplinary in nature, and we look forward to accepting a wide variety of research interests and backgrounds. Regardless, a bachelor's degree in a robotics-related field is required (mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science, aerospace engineering, bioproducts and biosystems engineering, etc.) to ensure that our applicants are ready for the program.
  • Resumé
    • You must upload a current resume or CV in the online application.
  • Research Statement
    • A short personal statement is required in the online application. Be sure to include your top three areas of interest!
  • Transcripts
    • The online application requires you to submit a scanned, unofficial copy of your transcript from each college or university that you have attended. If you are accepted into the M.S. in Robotics program and you decide to enroll, you will be required to submit one official copy of each transcript.
  • GRE scores
    • GRE scores are required for admission. You can enter your GRE scores in the online application—please upload your score report with your transcripts! In extreme cases, you can petition for an exception in the "Extenuating Circumstances Statement" part
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • There is not a minimum requirement for a number of Letters of Rec. Ideally, the program would like to see two letters from your teachers or supervisors who are familiar with your work. Only letters submitted from official University/employer e-mail addresses will be considered; letters submitted from personal e-mail addresses (e.g. @gmail) will not be considered.
  • Application Fee
    • The Office of Graduate Admissions charges a one time fee for the application.

For all information on specifications and how to submit these documents for application, view our How to apply page.


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International Students

International students must also submit:

  • English Language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.):
    • Non-native English speakers must provide ESL test scores. Enter your scores in the online application and upload your score report with your transcripts!

For all information on specifications and how to submit these documents for application, view our How to apply page.


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Tuition and Financial Aid

  • Tuition rates for all graduate programs are set by the Office of Graduate Studies, see the Graduate School Funding page for information about the financial aspects of a graduate program at the University of Minnesota, as well as strategy planning and other financial opportunities.
  • The Minnesota Robotics Institute will be offering a top percentage of each cohort full and partial scholarships.
  • Teaching assistantships may be available to qualified applicants
  • Please email mnri@umn.edu if you have further question about aspects of financing graduate school.

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Questions about Admissions

  • Please view our instructions on how to apply for the M.S. in Robotics and, if you have further questions, email mnri@umn.edu.

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