Prospective Students

For prospective graduate students

Ph.D. students

Duke Robotics faculty are engaged in vigorous research programs, and each year we typically have several openings for outstanding Ph.D. students. The admissions process is quite selective, resulting in an intellectually stimulating enviornment that encourages our students to make high-impact contributions to research.

Prospective students will be considered for admission into individual departments (CS, ECE, and MEMS). ECE applicants should indicate the Signal and Information Processing track, and MEMS applicants should indicate the Intelligent Systems or Controls tracks. Applicants are strongly advised to contact, in advance, the research advisor(s) with whom he/she wishes to work most closely. If the faculty member is accepting new students and determines that you may be a good fit, then he/she will offer advice on the appropriate home department for the student's application. This is typically their own primary department.

Accepted students may then follow the standard degree program of their home department, or choose to join the robotics track requirements specific to their home department. The robotics track requirements are more interdisciplinary than the standard degree programs.

Master's students

M.S. and M.Eng. students are admitted centrally by individual departments.  Admitted students are free to take any of the robotics courses as long as they fit within the degree requirements of the student's home department.

We do not offer a Master's degree program in robotics at this time.

Admitted Master's students with outstanding qualifications (e.g., prior research experience, excellent grades in relevant courses), may approach faculty to get involved in research. These arrangements are typically initially pursued under an independent study course, and if the research is successful, may ultimately result in a Master's thesis.

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Spring Admissions: October 10

Fall Admissions: December 8

For prospective undergraduate students

Beginning in AY 2015-16 we plan to offer a Robotics certificate program for ECE majors.

Individual faculty members often accept Duke undergraduates for research opportunities. If you are a diligent, creative, responsible undergrad who is interested in research (e.g., for graduate school, entrepreneurship, or work experience), please contact the faculty member of interest.

Another good way to get involved is through the Duke Robotics Club.