10 Top College Robotics Programs

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Love it or fear it, the trend toward building more sophisticated robots isn’t going to abate any time soon. Indeed, given their potential to impact everything from transportation to medicine, the need for engineers skilled in robotics is bound to increase. A tidbit: Mechanical engineering ranked fifth on the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ list of most in-demand bachelor’s degrees.

So where do you learn to build robots? Business Insider put together a list of 10 universities where you can develop your skills in things like artificial intelligence, mobility and manipulation, all with an eye toward developing a career in putting robotics to new uses.

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UC Berkeley

With an entire department focused on replicating animal movement as well as labs working on robot-assisted surgery and automated manufacturing, Berkeley’s “incredibly robust” programs will “likely meet your interests no matter what they are,” BI says.

Johns Hopkins University

The Whiting School of Engineering’s Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics calls itself “one of the largest and most technologically advanced robotics centers in the world.” Programs often involve cooperation from other areas of the university.

Colorado School of Mines

Given the potential role robots can play in the industry, it’s not surprising that a mining school has a Center for Automation, Robotics, and Distributed Intelligence.


The university’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory offers courses on artificial intelligence, machine learning and computer vision.

University of Southern California

A lot of hands-on work is involved in the programs here.

Columbia University

Students in the university’s Robotics Group have built autonomous vehicles, tools that teach robots how to interact “with the real world” and systems for robotic surgery.

Washington University in St. Louis

A master’s of engineering in robotics is aimed at developing the experience necessary to get a job in robotics after graduation.

Georgia Tech

The school’s Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines offers courses in a wide range of related subjects, including mechanics, interactions, AI and cognition.

Carnegie Mellon

The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute offers either a minor or a second major in robotics, but you need admission into a separate undergraduate major as a first step.


We couldn’t image a list like this without MIT on it. Researchers at its Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have been involved with projects exploring the mass commercialization of robots, machine learning and “new computational methods for advancing healthcare, manufacturing, energy and human productivity.”

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