Master's Degree

Robotics Engineering (MSE)

Take your career to new heights with a master's degree in robotics engineering.

Program Overview

The master's degree in robotics engineering is designed to propel your career and expertise in one of the most rapidly growing industries in the country, giving you the competitive edge you need to excel.

Why pursue a master's degree in robotics engineering at Widener University? You will: 

  • Benefit from a flexible curriculum that supports your current work in the field. All graduate classes are offered in the evening so you can continue to work while you pursue your degree. Classes are also available to stream online.
  • Enhance your multidisciplinary comprehension of engineering while still benefiting from specialized study within the field. You'll explore critical topics like perception and sensing, machine intelligence, robotic system, and control.
  • Experience personalized research opportunities and ongoing mentorship with professors who are focused on student success and innovation.
  • Graduate prepared to help the greater good in a variety of fields, from aerospace and automotive to health care and pharmaceuticals. 

Widener also encourages students to pursue research and teaching opportunities. Graduate assistantships are available for those who are eligible.

Program Options

You can earn your master's of science in engineering degree with or without a thesis. The classroom study includes core engineering courses as well as technical electives. There are three required core courses for thesis and non-thesis students. Both the thesis and non-thesis tracks require a minimum of 30 credits to successfully complete the graduate program.

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The online catalog also features School of Engineering educational objectives, academic policies, and more which can be accessed by clicking Academic Schools & Departments and selecting the School of Engineering.

You can build additional knowledge in a second area of engineering and advance your graduate-level work by pursuing a dual specialization. Dual specialization is available within all engineering tracks.

Jointly offered by the School of Engineering and School of Business Administration, this dual degree program puts you on the inside track to emerging engineering leadership by offering technical training paired with advanced study in business and management.

In order to pursue this dual degree, you must apply and be accepted to both degree programs.

Learn more about the dual MSE/MBA program.

Admissions Requirements, Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • A graduate candidate should hold a bachelor of science degree in engineering. Candidates who hold undergraduate degrees in computer science or other related areas are also considered.
  • Admission into the graduate program as a full-time student is based upon cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.8 (based on a 4.0 system) from an undergraduate program and scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above from an EAC/ABET accredited UG program or equivalent.
  • Admission into the graduate program as a part-time student is predicated on a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 (based on a 4.0 system) from an EAC/ABET-accredited program, or equivalent, and relevant professional experience. Although the GRE is optional for part-time students, it is helpful for evaluation of credentials.


The School of Engineering graduate program reviews applications on a rolling admission basis, but suggests 4 weeks prior to the start of a semester as a tentative deadline for application to allow for any follow-up or additional information.

Supplemental Materials

International Students

  • A course-by-course credential evaluation completed by WES.
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo Scores

Widener seeks to provide students with the resources they need to succeed. Assistantships and scholarships are offered to qualified individuals enrolled in an engineering master’s program. Awards are competitive and range from partial to full financial coverage. Additional stipends are available to students who conduct faculty-assisted research. Applicants can indicate their interest in an assistantship or scholarship within their online application.

Anniversary Scholarship

The Anniversary Scholarship was created during the school's 150th anniversary to celebrate the long history of excellence in engineering education at Widener by supporting merit-based graduate scholarships for thesis students. The fund began with contributions from faculty and staff and has grown with contributions from alumni and university donors.

Graduate Assistantships

Eligible students can participate in research projects or assist faculty in executing teaching assignments as part of a graduate assistantship. The assistantship generally requires 20 hours of service a week and the tuition assistance is considered taxable income in accordance with current Internal Revenue Service regulations.

Lifting Barriers and Managing Costs

Widener’s graduate tuition rates are competitively priced. Loans, graduate assistantships, and payment plans—along with flexible full- and part-time study options—make it easy to finance your degree.  

Schedule an appointment with one of our Graduate Admissions Coaches to brainstorm a plan and troubleshoot anything from scheduling challenges to learning formats to financial scenarios.

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Program Highlights

Accelerate your career with a graduate degree that caters to your individual needs. Here, you'll benefit from a supportive environment and flexible curriculum while working with industry-shaping faculty and professionals.

School of Engineering Advisory Board

Industry leaders provide assistance and direction to support the school in its future growth and development.

70% Funding

offered to eligible students to complete their bachelor's and master's in 5 years.

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Flexibility for Working Professionals

Graduate classes meet one night per week and are streamed over the Internet live and archived for later viewing. This gives you a direct connection to faculty and allows you to stay up to date with coursework while traveling or when unexpected work conflicts arise.

SOE Robotics Program Student With Faculty

Faculty Research & Mentorship

Our faculty are invested in your success. You will have the opportunity to work closely with renowned robotics engineering faculty inside the classroom on contemporary issues and outside the classroom on cutting-edge research projects.

robotics engineering faculty demonstrates robotics arm equipment

Cutting-Edge Robotics Engineering Facilities

Robotics engineering laboratories are equipped with the most technologically advanced resources and equipment available. Resources include Festo robotics training systems, universal robotic (UR) arms, a Festo Robotino system, multiple humanoid robots, a 3D printer, PLC training systems, and so much more.

Students are also welcome to utilize Wolfgram library for additional free research resources. For a complete list of equipment you will have access to use and master, please contact the program chair.


Learn from faculty who are committed to your success and give you the tools you need to elevate your career.

Sohail Sheikh
Chair of Electrical Engineering

"My personal philosophy of teaching is to take education personally. I think it is extremely important for students to understand concepts and to be able to apply them in real-world situations."

Babak Eslami
Assistant Professor

"I believe that being a "teacher" is an integral part of my vocation. That is why I consider my contributions to the education of students not merely as a duty or a job to be done, but as a part of my life."

Xiaomu Song
Chair of Robotics Engineering

"Robotics is an application-oriented field. At Widener, we’re preparing students for future jobs, including those we could have never imagined before."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Advance your engineering career with a graduate degree from Widener University.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Amazon Robotics
  • Boeing
  • Estee Lauder
  • Merck & Co.
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Agricultural engineer 
  • Automation engineer
  • R&D engineer
  • Robotics engineer
  • Software engineer

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Financial Aid

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We’re glad you made the decision to apply. All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the online application system. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener.

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