Robotics and Autonomous Systems Graduate Certificate

Stanford School of Engineering

  • Graduate Certificate
  • Fee:
    Fee may apply

Robotics and Autonomous Systems Graduate Certificate


What happens when we take robots out of the lab and into the real world? How do we create autonomous systems to interact seamlessly with humans and safely navigate an ever-changing, uncertain world? In the Robotics and Autonomous Systems graduate certificate you will learn the methods and algorithms used to design robots and autonomous systems that interact safely and effectively in dynamic environments.

The certificate is relevant to numerous emerging fields, including self-driving cars and drones, robotic planetary exploration, aerial surveillance systems, and even the design and coordination of urban transportation networks and air traffic control systems.

Watch Professors Marco Pavone, Jeannette Bohg, and Dorsa Sadigh talk about the program and the future of robotics.

You Will Learn

  • How to build autonomous robots that can perceive situations, plan, and make decisions
  • How to design robust decision-making systems for uncertain, dynamic environments
  • How to create systems that can collaborate with and help people effectively and safely

Who Should Apply

  • Engineers and other technical professionals who are interested in developing deep expertise in robotics and autonomous systems.


  • A conferred Bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Courses in this certificate may require CS106A or equivalent
  • College calculus, linear algebra; basic probability; probability theory; statistics

Earning the Certificate

  • Tailor the certificate to your interests and career goals--elective concentrations available in decision making, dynamics and control, and perception and sensor fusion
  • You must take the two required courses, and any two elective courses from the options available
  • Begin your certificate any academic quarter that an applicable course is offered
  • Take courses for graduate credit and a grade
  • Receive a B (3.0) or better in each course

Need further planning guidance?

See the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Graduate Certificate Planning Document.


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Tuition is based on the number of units you take. See Graduate Course Tuition on our Tuition & Fees page for more information.

Time to Complete Certificate

1-2 years average
3 years maximum to complete


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