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Robotics and Autonomous Systems (Artificial Intelligence), MS

Robotics and Autonomous Systems (Artificial Intelligence), MS

Academic programs / Graduate degrees / Robotics and Autonomous Systems (Artificial Intelligence), MS

AI, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems, Controls, Machine Learning, Robotics, Robots, approved for STEM-OPT extension, computing, engineering

You can develop the next generation of intelligent robots with the knowledge you gain in robotics, artificial intelligence, autonomy, control systems, machine learning and human-machine interaction, among other fields.

Program description
Degree awarded: MS  Robotics and Autonomous Systems (Artificial Intelligence)

The artificial intelligence concentration is one of four concentrations in the multidisciplinary MS program in robotics and autonomous systems, which emphasizes robotics, controls, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and related fields. This concentration is appropriate for students who wish to emphasize applications in artificial intelligence and computer science.

Students receive a solid theoretical and practical background in a variety of topics that facilitate the study of intelligent agents --- that is, any robotic system that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of successfully achieving its goals. Thus, students in this concentration are exposed to the frontiers of the general topics in AI, including statistical machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, knowledge retrieval and reasoning, and formal methods of planning. As compared with the other concentrations, the AI concentration focuses more on the algorithmic aspects of robotics.

This concentration program is offered by the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence.

STEM-OPT for international students on F-1 visas

This program may be eligible for an Optional Practical Training extension for up to 24 months. This OPT work authorization term may help international students gain skills and experience in the U.S. Those interested in an OPT extension should review ASU degrees that qualify for the STEM-OPT extension at ASU's International Students and Scholars Center website.

The OPT extension only applies to students on an F-1 visa and does not apply to students completing a degree through ASU Online.

At a glance
Accelerated program options
This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years. It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's plus master's degree with:

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. Students typically receive approval to pursue the accelerated master’s during the junior year of their bachelor's degree program. Interested students can learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Degree requirements

30 credit hours and a portfolio, or
30 credit hours and a thesis, or
30 credit hours including the required applied project course (CSE 593)

Required Core (6 credit hours)
EGR 501 Applied Linear Algebra for Engineers (3) or MAE 501 Linear Algebra in Engineering (3)
EGR 545 Robotic Systems I (3) or MAE 547 Modeling and Control of Robots (3) or RAS 545 Robotic Systems I (3)

Concentration (6 credit hours)

Electives or Research (12-18 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (0-6 credit hours)
CSE 593 Applied Project (3) or
CSE 599 Thesis (6) or
portfolio (0)

Additional Curriculum Information
Students are required to select one of the approved culminating experiences for the concentration.

A defense is required for the thesis option. The portfolio is a compilation of two projects that are finished in the required concentration courses. Students must write a portfolio report that includes the highlights of the two projects. The applied project is a written report and oral presentation on research related to the student's coursework and interests.

Students should see the academic unit for the approved concentration coursework as well as the available elective and research courses. Elective or research coursework must be selected from among the courses listed for the other three concentrations. Additional electives must be graduate courses in science, engineering, mathematics or others approved by the graduate program committee.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in engineering, science, mathematics or a related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. letter of intent or written statement
  4. professional resume
  5. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of their current residency. Applicants should review the admission services website for more details.

Students applying to the artificial intelligence concentration are expected to possess basic knowledge in key relevant areas (e.g., programming languages, discrete mathematics, data structures and algorithms, or similar topics). Indicative ASU courses include CSE 220 Programming for Computer Engineering or 240 Introduction to Programming Languages; MAT 243 Discrete Mathematical Structures or 300 Mathematical Structures; and CSE 310 Data Structures and Algorithms.

Tuition information
When it comes to paying for higher education, everyone’s situation is different. Students can learn about ASU tuition and financial aid options to find out which will work best for them.
Application deadlines
Session A/CIn Person 12/31Priority
Session A/CIn Person 08/15Priority
Career opportunities

Graduates with a Master of Science in artificial intelligence are prepared for doctoral study and for industrial positions in numerous industries as varied as manufacturing, transportation, aerospace, defense and health care.

Contact information
What are accelerated programs?
Accelerated programs allow students the opportunity to expedite the completion of their degree.

3 year programs

These programs allow students to fast-track their studies after admission and earn a bachelor's degree in three years or fewer while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students should talk to their academic advisor to get started.

Accelerated master's

These programs allow students to accelerate their studies to earn a bachelor's plus a master's degree in as few as five years (for some programs).

Each program has requirements students must meet to be eligible for consideration. Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. Students typically receive approval to pursue the accelerated master’s during the junior year of their bachelor's degree program. Interested students can learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply.
What are concurrent programs?
Concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests, earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor.
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Joint programs, or jointly conferred degrees, are offered by more than one college and provide opportunities for students to take advantage of the academic strengths of two academic units. Upon graduation, students are awarded one degree and one diploma conferred by two colleges.

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What is WRGP (Western Regional Graduate Program)?
The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) provides a reduced tuition rate to non-resident graduate students who qualify. Visit the WRGP/WICHE webpage for more information:

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