Robotics Engineering Certificate

Certificate #223

Est.imated Completion Time: 12 months

Starts: Summer

Program Area: Naval Engineering

POC: Program POC

Modality: Distance Learning


The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) offers the Graduate Certificate Program in Robotics Engineering. This highly-relevant, four-course online program helps DoD professionals advance their careers and become leaders in the emerging fields of unmanned vehicles (UxVs), robotics, and autonomous systems.

“Advances in A.I., autonomous control systems, advanced computing, big data, learning machines... ...are leading us toward great human-machine collaboration.”
—Mr. Robert O. Work, Former Deputy Sec.of Defense
  • Students interested in advancing their careers in the fields of unmanned vehicles (UxVs), robotics, and autonomous systems will be well suited for this certificate program.
  • Resident and non-resident U.S. military officers and U.S. government civilians, particularly practicing engineers within the Naval Research and Development Establishment.

Courses Required

Course Details
Course 1 ME3420
Course 2 EC4310
Course 3 ME4828
Course 4 ME4800

Requirements for Entry

  • Baccalaureate degree in engineering or closely related field
  • Experience with computer programming
  • Command/company endorsement

Learning Outcomes

  • Provide foundational knowledge to begin working on NR&DE
    topics in robotics and autonomous systems
  • Focus on uniquely relevant defense (NAVSEA/NAVAIR) examples and
    applications, e.g.,
    •  Sensor integration
    • Mission-centric
  • Combine NPS expertise in distance learning and hands-on education.
  • Foster collaboration and alignment across NR&DE
  • Technical concepts and skills necessary to understand, design, and operate robotic systems.
  • Faculty-led instruction plus hands-on (lab and collaborative) activities.
  • Flexible and self-paced learning experiences.
  • Challenging opportunities to apply knowledge to defense-related problems and contexts.
  • Career advancement and an added credential for practicing engineers.

Application Information

Applications are handled by the NPS Admissions Office. Please visit the admissions website or contact them at

Tuition & Service Obligation

For information regarding tuition, please contact the NPS Tuition office at, or contact this offering’s POC at

For information regarding service obligation, please visit the Admissions Office’s Eligibility/Service Obligation page.

Other Information

The academic certificate program must be completed within three years of admission to the program. A student must maintain a 3.0 GQPR to be awarded a certificate.

See the Program Brochure (PDF) for more information about this offering.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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