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Graduate Programs

Robotics and Automation

Master of Science in Robotics and Automation

Six students working on octocopters in the Robotics Systems Laboratory

The Robotics and Automation Master of Science program is a true interdisciplinary program that draws from mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering/science in order to provide students with knowledge about the design, control, and automation of robotic systems and smart machines. Students in the program will receive:

  • Hands-on design of mechatronic devices, the dynamics and control of robotic manipulators/vehicles/systems, and advanced perception systems using technologies such as vision processing and machine learning
  • Industry-aligned concentration options that will include courses in areas such as advanced manufacturing, bio-devices, autonomous vehicles, aerospace systems, agricultural technology, and others
  • An in-depth R&D experiential opportunity consisting of work on an industry design problem or conducting research leading to a publication
  • A broader societal perspective to complement the technical degree, with courses in areas such as the technology ethics, the societal impact of engineering, and high-tech business/entrepreneurship
  • A co-curricular badging system and electronic portfolio allowing them to showcase their experience relating to design capabilities, computing languages/environments, maker skills, etc.
  • The ability to leverage the expertise and international reputation of the School of Engineering's Robotic System’s Laboratory, which develops advanced robotic systems and automation technology for vehicles and instruments that operate on/in land/sea/air/space, working with organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the Navy, California growers, NASA and more.

Program Offerings:

For complete program details, please visit the Robotics and Automation Program site.

B.S./M.S. Dual Degree (SCU Undergrad Students Only)

The School of Engineering offers qualified Santa Clara University undergraduates the opportunity to earn both a bachelor of science and a master of science degree in five years.

  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral. For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.
  • Click here to learn more about the B.S./M.S. Dual Degree Program
Open University
  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $90 application fee
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral. For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.
  • Click here to learn more about Open University
Certificate
  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $90 application fee
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral. For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.
  • Click here to learn more about the Certificate Program
Master's Degree
  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $90 application fee
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral. For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, which must be sent directly to Engineering Graduate Programs by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Our institution code is 4851. For information on the GRE, please visit the website. Additionally, please send your PDF scores to gradengineer@scu.edu.
  • Click here to learn more about the Master's Degree Program
Engineer's Degree (Master's Degree required)
  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $90 application fee**
  • A 500-word statement of purpose emphasizing the applicant’s research interests and outlining the applicant’s professional and academic goals, which must be included with the online application
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral** For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be sent directly to Engineering Graduate Programs by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Our institution code is 4851. For further information on the GRE, please visit the website. Additionally, please send your PDF scores to gradengineer@scu.edu.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should attest to the applicant’s academic preparation and capability for advanced studies. (There are no standard recommendation forms.)
  • Click here to learn more about the Engineer's Degree Program
Ph.D.
  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $90 application fee**
  • A 500-word statement of purpose emphasizing the applicant’s research interests and outlining the applicant’s professional and academic goals, which must be included with the online application
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral** For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be sent directly to Engineering Graduate Programs by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Our institution code is 4851. For further information on the GRE, please visit the website. Additionally, please send your PDF scores to gradengineer@scu.edu.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should attest to the applicant’s academic preparation and capability for advanced studies. (There are no standard recommendation forms.)
  • Click here to learn more about the Ph.D. Degree Program

International Students, please see additional requirements in the next section.

**For prospective Ph.D. students, a Master's degree is required; no conditional admission.
In addition to the requirements listed under "Admissions Requirements" above, you must also submit your English Proficiency Scores and your International Evaluation Report.

 

English Proficiency Scores
  • TOEFL, IELTS scores are required of all applicants whose first language is not English (even if the applicant is a U.S. citizen) or if you do not have a degree awarded by a U.S. university/college.
  • Minimum TOEFL score: IBT/79-80 or CBT: 213 (Institutional Code: 4851)
  • Minimum IELTS score: 6.5
  • Minimum Duolingo score: 110
This requirement is waived if you are applying from an English speaking country or if you have attended an institution from a U.S. university/college (if so, an electronic transcript from the U.S. university/college must be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu in order to waive this requirement).

 

International Evaluation Report

All applicants who hold a degree from outside of the United States are required to have their official transcripts evaluated either by WES or ECE: 

  • WES evaluations (World Education Services)
    • We require ICAP version course-by-course, cumulative GPA, and U.S degree equivalency.
    • WES will attach your transcripts to the evaluation report.
    • Do not send us your international transcripts, WES will send us your official transcript with your evaluation.
  • ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators)
    • We require a detailed report which includes course-by-course, cumulative GPA, and U.S. degree equivalency. 
    • ECE will attach your transcripts to the evaluation report.
    • Do not send us your international transcripts, ECE will send us your official transcript with your evaluation.
There is no exception to this requirement. 

 

Visa Document Preparation Process

For more information on the F-1 Visa application process, please visit International Student Services

For the start dates of each quarter and other important dates,
see our Graduate Engineering Academic Calendar.

 

Winter Quarter 2022 

Application Deadline for the following programs: October 29, 2021

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Document Deadline for the following programs: November 5, 2021

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Spring Quarter 2022 

Application Deadline for the following programs: January 7, 2022

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Document Deadline for the following programs: January 21, 2022

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Summer Quarter 2022 

Application Deadline for the following programs: February 25, 2022

  • Master's Degree* (only for select programs)
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Document Deadline for the following programs: March 11, 2022 

  • Master's Degree* (only for select programs)
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Fall Quarter 2022 

Application Deadline for the following programs: June 3, 2022

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Document Deadline for the following programs: June 10, 2022

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University 
For questions regarding your visa, please contact ISS at (408) 554-3019 or email iss@scu.edu or visit their website at International Student Services.
For those requesting an I-20 or F1 Visa, please follow the deadlines below.
We are accepting applications for Fall, Winter or Spring.
 
For start dates of each quarter and other important dates, please see our Graduate Engineering Academic Calendar. 

 

Winter Quarter 2022

Application Deadline for the following programs: September 3, 2021
  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University
Document Deadline for the following programs: October 1, 2021
  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Spring Quarter 2022 

Application Deadline for the following programs: January 7, 2022
  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University
Document Deadline for the following programs: January 21, 2022
  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

 Fall Quarter 2022

Application Deadline for the following programs: May 1, 2022
  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University
Document Deadline for the following programs: May 30, 2022
  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

 

Please see the following sites for additional requirements for all I-20 Visa requests:

For all other information please visit SCU's Global Engagement - International Students web page.

Please visit our Tuition & Fees page for the most current information. Please note that this link will take you away from this program page.

The graduate on-campus housing communities offer a variety of advantages for graduate students. Check out On-Campus Housing for more information.

For information regarding Student Health Services and Student Health Insurance, please visit SCU's Cowell Center.

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Engineering Graduate Programs
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Santa Clara University
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Santa Clara, CA 95053

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