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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Intelligent Robotic Systems, MS

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Program Description

The program in Intelligent Robotic Systems teaches students advanced topics such as control of autonomous robotic arms, simulation, the Robot Operating System (ROS), machine learning, and computer vision.  The program also places an emphasis on systems, as one of its aims is to retrain STEM students not having a previous robotics background by focusing more on integration of robotic systems than narrowly focused depth of knowledge.  All courses in the program are either built or selected around the classic robotics paradigm of sense-think-act, which is more recently updated to include “communicate.”   The thirty-credit curriculum therefore includes nine required courses on the topics of perception, intelligence, control, and communication; and the choice of one of three elective course options.  Courses are organized in seven-week modules consisting of two courses per module.  The program can therefore be completed in twelve months with modules delivered 2-2-1 in fall-spring-summer.  Students without the requisite engineering background will take non-credit Bridge Modules through KSU’s College of Professional Education either before joining the course or in parallel with their regular coursework to stay on track for graduation in twelve months.

This program is part of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering & Engineering Technology  .


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Admission, Enrollment, and Graduation Policies

Admission Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to the general Admissions  rquirements. Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be admitted into the MS degree program with a major in Intelligent Robotic Systems (IRS) in KSU:

  • An earned BS degree from a regionally accredited college or university in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater. If the undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0, some additional coursework may be required and IRS program committee may need to vote on whether the application is accepted, on individual evaluation.
  • Official GRE scores meeting the current admission profile: 150 (450 on old scale) Verbal and 148 (600 on old scale) Quantitative. Applicants with lower scores may be accepted provisionally requiring additional preparatory course work.
    • GRE Test scores may be waived if an applicant has:
      • Four or more years of relevant work experience earned after receiving their first baccalaureate degree or
      • a 3.5 undergraduate GPA or better.
    • To request a GRE waiver, send a letter outlining your work experience or a current resume to the Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering Department
  • A minimum TOEFL or CEFR score is required for international students.
    • TOEFL: Computer Based composite score > 213 and Internet Based composite score > 80
    • CEFR: minimum of B2 level
  • Holders of other than STEM degrees may, based on individual evaluation, be required to take some transition courses in order to be accepted.
  • At least two letters of recommendation (professional and academic) are required if the undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0 or the minimum GRE score is not met.

International students should plan to have all documents in at least one month before the published deadline for their selected program. International students should consult the Graduate Admissions website for additional requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Each candidate must petition to graduate online. For more information, please view the corresponding section of Academic Policies: 5.0 PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS & GRADUATION  .


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Program Course Requirements

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