After paying for and completing a series of rigorous online courses, learners receive a MicroMasters certificate from Penn Engineering and edX. Those with a certificate are eligible to apply to a Master’s degree program at Penn for a substantial savings of time and money.

Robotics MicroMasters

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Overview

The Robotics MicroMasters certificate allows students who are also accepted into the MSE in Robotics degree program at Penn Engineering to accelerate their time to degree completion. These students will only need to take seven courses on campus instead of 10.

Application

Learners who receive a Robotics MicroMasters certificate, which indicates that you have paid for and successfully completed all four courses in the Robotics MicroMasters series, may apply to the ROBO MSE degree program following the instructions on the ROBO MSE website.

Applicants can find admissions information such as the admissions criteria and application on the Penn Engineering Graduate Admissions page.

Please note the following:

  1. Applicants for Fall 2018 must complete at least one of the individual Robotics MicroMasters courses and attach one course certificate to the application at the time of submission. Applicants must finish all of their Robotics MicroMasters courses and submit their verified Robotics MicroMasters certificate to Penn Engineering admissions at admissions1@seas.upenn.edu by June 1, 2018. Students who do not submit the final certificate by this deadline will not be eligible to use this credential toward their degree.
  2. Applicants planning to use the MicroMasters credential must apply within two years of completing the MicroMasters certificate.
Does completion of the MicroMasters credential guarantee admission to Penn Engineering?

There is no guarantee of admissions or preferential treatment in the admissions process for learners with a MicroMasters credential. However, we will consider a learner’s performance in the MicroMasters if you apply.

How much does the ROBO MSE cost when a student is using the MicroMasters credential towards the degree?

A ROBO MSE student that is accepted into the program and has submitted the Robotics MicroMasters certificate before the deadline will be able to graduate with seven credit units instead of 10. You can find the estimated cost per credit unit on this Graduate Admissions Tuition page.

What do the MicroMasters courses count towards in the curriculum?

Two technical electives and one general elective will be waived. Three foundational courses, at least three additional technical electives, and up to one additional general elective of your choosing are still required. More information about the course requirements may be found on the GRASP website.

May I transfer additional credits?

No, students using the Robotics MicroMasters credential may not transfer any additional internal or external credits.

Will my diploma mention anything about edX or the MicroMasters?

No, your diploma will be the same as all of the other ROBO MSE graduates, issued by the University of Pennsylvania.

Can current students and/or submatriculants use the MicroMasters credential?

No, anyone who wants to use the MicroMasters credential toward their degree must complete the MicroMasters courses before they matriculate into the ROBO MSE program. Fall 2018 applicants must complete and submit their MicroMasters certificate by June 1, 2018.