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The Department of Computer Science, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering all offer an M.S. in Human-Robot Interaction. These M.S. options are listed on the Tufts application.
Currently, three departments are associated with the joint HRI Ph.D. program: Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Students apply to and enroll in the joint HRI Ph.D. program through one of these departments either as a prospective graduate student or as a current graduate student after they have been accepted by one of the departments (e.g., after they have already started their Ph.D.).
There is no separate admissions process for the HRI Ph.D. program.
Applicants simply indicate in their application to a home department that they would like to be admitted to the HRI Ph.D. program. The program director works with faculty responsible for admission in the home department to determine the applicant's eligibility. The director proposes candidates to the Steering committee, whose members vote on admissions. Note that this process does not conflict with the admissions process (or criteria) in the student's home department; only students that satisfy the admissions criteria of the home department can be considered for admission into the HRI Ph.D. program. Current Tufts graduate students in one of the affiliated departments can send the program director an informal petition to be admitted to the HRI Ph.D. program.
To apply to the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in human-robot interaction, please use Tufts Office of Graduate Admissions online application.
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