Joint PhD in Human-Robot Interaction

The official policies for this program may be found on the HRI program website. If there is any conflict between this webpage and the official policies, then the official policies have precedence.

Students desiring to be admitted to this program must first (or simultaneously) be admitted to one of three other graduate programs at Tufts (so-called “home” departments). At this time these include: Computer ScienceElectrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

For those in the Mechanical Engineering program, all of the requirements for the Mechanical Engineering PhD as well as those for HRI (see below) must be met. The degree awarded will be a "Joint PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Human-Robot Interaction."

Summary of Requirements

In addition to the Mechanical Engineering PhD requirements, a minimum of 10 HRI courses (5 core courses and 5 electives; note that many of these also count towards the Mechanical Engineering requirements)

Additional program requirements include

  • Demonstrated competence in four core research methods 
  • Colloquium series 
  • Teaching requirement 
  • Qualifying exams

For further and more detailed information about the Tufts Joint HRI PhD program, visit the HRI program site.