Master of Science in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Pioneer the future of robots and autonomous systems

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Online classes
2–3 years
Average time to completion
Cost per course
Courses required for
Master’s degree
No GRE Required

Enhance how robots and humans collaborate and coexist

Design the innovative solutions that will play a central role in human and robot interaction and control how robots operate in diverse environments by earning your Master of Science in Robotics and Autonomous Systems from Johns Hopkins University. Build advanced-level thinking, technical AI and machine learning skills, and prepare to lead in this fast-growing field.

In just 10 courses, you can earn a new and specialized master’s degree while equipping yourself with the proficient knowledge to pioneer the future of autonomous systems.

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Influence human life for the better

Autonomous and intelligent devices are, in many ways, the center of people's lives. It's not enough to ask, 'Does a system do what you designed it to do?' You also have to consider if what you designed it to do is the right thing to do.

–James Bellingham, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Exploration Robotics

For those who seek to make tomorrow better

Robotics has already shown great potential for improving human life and making tasks easier. You will be prepared to elevate or change careers by learning how to harness and unlock that potential by engineering complex autonomous and robotic systems. This program is ideal for students looking to:

  • Develop autonomous solutions for use in transportation, medicine, and a variety of other industries.
  • Acquire practical knowledge that aligns with their deep appreciation for modern AI and machine learning technology.
  • Enroll in a flexible, online program designed to meet the needs and goals of working professionals.

Take a leading role in a rapidly evolving field

As you progress through the program, you can increase your ability to develop life-improving systems and processes that use robots and other autonomous systems. Specifically, you can expect to:

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Learn from robotics experts so you can become one

In every course, you will collaborate with JHU’s highly qualified faculty, most of whom are practicing engineers who hold influential positions in their organizations. Your JHU community includes:

  • Instructors with a strong commitment to excellence in online teaching.
  • Driven peers who share your vision of improving the world through robotics.
  • Our worldwide network of alumni, corporate partners, and career connections.

Classes to stretch your abilities

To earn your Master of Science in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, you must select a focus area and complete ten courses, which includes four core courses, often completed within 2-3 years.

Required Core Classes
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Kinematics and Dynamics of Robots
  • Mathematical Methods for Engineers

Master’s Degree Focus Areas
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Dynamics, Navigation, Decision, and Control
  • General Robotics
  • Human-Robot and Robot-Robot Collaboration
  • Perception and Cognitive Systems

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Excellence as a competitive edge

From developing visionary leaders, pioneering innovative research, and creating meaningful impact, you’ll find that the JHU advantage goes well beyond rankings and recognition.

Career-boosting connections

Strengthen your network with distinguished professionals in a range of disciplines and industries.

More than numbers

We are proud of our top rankings, but prouder of our focus on helping you fulfill your vision.

Sparking curiosity

Surround yourself with the same inspiration that sparks your passion for engineering and science.

Everything we do is focused on you

As you progress in your robotics career, reaching your goal to design solutions to improve interaction between robots and humans through effective and safe automated solutions will take effort and commitment. Our vision is to provide you with the personalized support and robust educational experience that makes that possible.

On your terms, on your time

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals offers exceptional online programs that are truly custom-designed to fit your schedule as a working professional. You will have access to the full range of JHU services and resources—all online.

Opening the door to ambition

We are committed to providing accessible, affordable, innovative, and relevant education experiences for working adults. Our admissions counselors are standing by to help you navigate your next steps, from application and financial assistance to ensuring your program fits your goals. Applications are accepted year-round—with no GRE required.

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Opportunity afforded

78% of our enrolled students’ tuition is covered by employer contribution programs