Robotics Engineering Graduate Certificate

Value Proposition Description

WPI’s Robotics Engineering Graduate Certificate gives a solid foundation in the fundamental disciplines of robotics engineering. A Robotics Engineering Graduate Certificate gives you an awareness of the systems contexts within which robotic systems are engineered. This deeper understanding and applicable knowledge will help you advance in your career or take you a step closer to earning your master of science in the field.



The course work in the Robotics Engineering Graduate Certificate program establishes a solid understanding of the fundamentals of computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, and mechanical engineering underlying robotic systems.

Completion of this graduate certificate requires 15 course credits and includes the following requirements:

  • Core (3 credits): RBE 500 | Foundations in Robotics
  • Depth (9 credits): The 3 courses RBE 501 Robot Dynamics, RBE 502 Robot Control, and SYS 501 Concepts of Systems Engineering OR 9 credits of thematically-related RBE graduate-level coursework with RBE Graduate Program Committee approval.
  • Elective (3 credits): Elective graduate coursework in Math, Science or Engineering with advisor approval

Academic advisors are responsible for approving elective choices on students’ Plan of Study forms. Students may apply credits obtained under this graduate certificate toward an advanced degree.

WPI offers both a Robotics Engineering Graduate Certificate and a Robotics Engineering Management Graduate Certificate. Students may not earn both Robotics Engineering and Robotics Engineering Management graduate certificates, but they are permitted to switch from one certificate program to the other.

For more information on the Robotics Engineering Graduate Certificate, consult the Graduate Programs section of the current graduate course catalog for current offerings. 

If your degree is in another discipline, you may need additional course work to prepare for the program. Learn more about available prep courses.


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Program Logistics

Students are eligible for admission into the graduate certificate program if they have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited university consistent with the WPI Graduate Catalog. Students should have a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering. Students with other backgrounds will be considered based on their interest, formal education, and work experience.

Admission decisions will be made by the Robotics Engineering Graduate Program Committee and program director based on all factors presented in the application, including prior academic performance, quality of professional experience, and letters of recommendation.

Robotics Engineering Management Certificate

WPI also offers a Robotics Engineering Management Graduate Certificate. This certificate offers a robust foundation in Robotics Engineering with the additional understanding of management systems within robotics.