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What do you get at Tufts? A rigorous engineering education in a unique environment that blends the intellectual and technological resources of a world-class research university with the strengths of a top-ranked liberal arts college.


The average salary for a robotics engineer in the United States*

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As AI continues to develop and take on new roles in our lives, those with a degree in human-robot interaction will be in increasing demand. The future of AI is bright and holds much promise—to achieve all that’s possible with robots, we’ll need skilled engineers with hands-on experience researching, developing, and applying the principles of robotics and machine learning to projects big and small. With an MS from Tufts, you’ll be situated at the forefront of AI growth.

Source: bls.gov 

Careers for graduates include:

  • Robotics scientist
  • AI research scientist
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Data scientist
  • Business intelligence developer
  • Software developer

Meet Professor Scheutz

“We believe it’s absolutely critical that the engineers coming out of this program not only understand the technical aspects, but also the societal implications of AI and robotics. We can incorporate AI and robots into our lives, but it must be done in a way that is beneficial to us and that preserves human nature and human dignity.”

Matthias Scheutz, Professor, Computer Science; Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow

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Establish Your Professional Network

Meet the people who can help you jump-start your career in human-robot interaction. At Tufts, you’ll be able to cultivate your passions in a dynamic and supportive environment. And with so many of our professors bringing their professional practice into the classroom, you’ll have direct access to their networks after graduation.

Help Design AI of the Future

Our MS in Human-Robot Interaction cuts across the engineering and social sciences, offering a paradigmatic interdisciplinary program with enormous future societal benefits—especially as intelligent autonomous robots increasingly become part of our lives. The future of artificial intelligence (AI) will be shaped by students like you—with inquisitive minds willing to draw upon knowledge from multiple fields to help define the role of robots in the social and moral norms that govern human lives. 

Get a closer look at what Tufts students are working on in the Human-Robot Interaction Lab:  

Choose Your Path of Study

An MS in human-robot interaction (HRI) is offered through three departments: computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering. Students in each department share a set of five required core courses, then focus on classes approved by their respective department. Learn about topics ranging from affective interfaces to digital signal processing to collaborative robotics.

At Tufts, you’ll work with world-renowned engineering faculty at the top of their disciplines. Combine classroom teaching and hands-on learning to earn a degree that will prepare you for success. Take advantage of Tufts’ dedicated career and networking resources, explore the Tufts campus just a few miles from the high-tech hubs of Boston and Cambridge, and get ready for the next step in your professional life.



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Entry terms: 

Application Deadlines: 

Fall 2023 and Spring 2024

Fall: March 15

Spring: November 15


GRE scores not required for applicants who will have received a degree from a U.S. or Canadian institution by time of enrollment. GRE scores required for all other applicants.

Discover Academic Excellence

The Tufts human-robot interaction program is distinguished by its opportunities to work closely with faculty every step of the way. Graduate students have the chance to collaborate with and learn from some of the most renowned experts in the country, all while seamlessly transitioning from graduate studies to a full-time career.

Program Highlights

  • One-year program option
  • Small class sizes
  • Personalized path of study in one of three academic departments
  • Mentorship from professors at the top of their fields
  • Collaborative research that crosses disciplines
  • Five miles from the high-tech hub of Boston

Study in a World-Class Tech Hub

There’s no better place to earn your human-robot interaction degree than in a hub for modern technology. Tufts is only a short subway ride from downtown Boston and Cambridge—well-known centers for leading technology research and development.

Earn Two Degrees in Just 2 Years

At Tufts, hone your innovation, leadership, and management skills alongside your technical skills and graduate ready to lead. On-campus students can apply to our dual degree program and earn an MS in Innovation and Management and an MS offered by one of the six academic departments in the School of Engineering. Earn both degrees in an accelerated timeframe and at a reduced cost.