Enrollment Guide for Double Master Degree Program in Robotics Technology (MSRT)
from Nanjing University of Science and Technology - Carnegie Mellon University
The unique features of this program are (1) training students for bridge-roles between university research and industrial product and process development; (2) focusing on students who upon completion of the double-degree program will return to their home countries – in this case China – to fill bridge roles there; (3) focusing on students who have a strong personal commitment to filling these bridge-roles in companies and organizations that are ethically contributing to job creation and sustainable development in their home countries – in this case China.
I. Overview of the MSRT Program
Target students of the MSRT Program are mainly but not exclusively those with majors in computer science, mechatronics, or information technology and are admitted to Nanjing University of Science and Technology’s master’s degree program.However, any student with strong academic credentials in any field and a strong interest in the program’s goals is encouraged to apply. The NC two-year program is composed of two one-year phases. First year studies are delivered by NUST’s faculty at NUST campus via distance education materials produced by the Robotics Institute of CMU. Students complete the degree courses (including Philosophy, Chinese and two major courses) offered by NUST and the core courses (including Fundamentals of Robotics I-IV and an Extended Project Course Sequence that runs the length of the two year program) offered by CMU in the first year. Successful students transition to Carnegie Mellon's main campus to complete a second year of classes. A student who passes all requirements and examinations will receive a master of science in Robotics Technology (MS-RT) from Carnegie Mellon University. A student who also submits his/her thesis to Nanjing University of Science and Technology and successfully defends his/her NUST thesis under the guidance of supervisors of the two universities will receive a master’s degree from Nanjing University of Science and Technology. The MSRT Program helps students obtain first-class graduate-level education from world-famous universities and trains future leaders of robotics and intelligent automation enterprises and agencies in the principles and practices of robotics and automation science, technology and engineering, software engineering, and management.
II. An Introduction to the Two Universities
1. Nanjing University of Science and Technology
Nanjing University of Science and Technology is currently administered by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China. It is among the universities listed in the national 211 Project. It is an engineering-centered multidisciplinary university integrating science, engineering, liberal arts, economics, management, law and teaching. It has five academicians from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, two chief scientists of the national 973 Project, four specially-appointed professors of the "Yangtze River Scholar Award Program", two chair professors of the "Yangtze River Scholar Award Program", two "National Distinguished Teachers", nine "Distinguished Teachers of Jiangsu Province", two National Innovation Teams, four National Teaching Teams, and eleven Ministry- and Provincial-Level Innovation Teams. It has one National Key Lab, three National Engineering Technology Research Centers, and twenty-four Ministry- and Provincial-Level Research Institutes (Centers) and laboratories. Since 1978, it has won 1,196 sci-tech scholarship, including 83 national sci-tech scholarship and 816 Ministry- and Provincial-Level sci-tech achievements scholarship.
The School of Computer Science and Engineering offers a national key discipline "Pattern Recognition and Intelligent Systems" and a provincial key discipline "Computer Application Technology". The School has 103 faculty members, of whom fifteen are doctoral supervisors, twenty-one professors, thirty-one associate professors, and twenty lecturers. Since the tenth Five-Year Plan, the School has won second prize in the National Natural Science Award and third prize in National Science and Technology Progress. It has also won three first prizes, six second prizes and four third prizes in Ministry- and Provincial-Level Science and Technology Progress.
2. Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, which was ranked twenty-second among "national universities" in 2010 by US News & World Report and twenty-seventh among the world's Top 200 universities in 2009 by the QS World University Rankings. Its computer science PhD program was ranked first among U.S. program for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report. Carnegie Mellon University has around 10,000 students and over 3,000 faculty members. It offers more than 100 undergraduate programs and more than 50 master's degree programs and doctoral degree programs. Carnegie Mellon has attracted talented students from 50 states of the United States of America and 93 countries. Carnegie Mellon is affiliated with 16 Nobel laureates, 10 Turing Award winners, 41 Emmy Award recipients, 4 Academy Award recipients, and 12 Tony Award recipients.
Established in 1979, the Robotics Institute (RI) is a department in Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science and is one of the world's leading centers of robotics research and education. It was the first to offer a Ph.D. program in robotics. With more than 350 faculty, staff, students and postdocs, the RI is one of the largest robotics research organizations in the world. Its total annual sponsored project budget is approximately $55 million.
III. Benefits of the MSRT Program
1. Educational Benefits
The MSRT Program stems from a collaborative international program the Master of Science in Robotics Technology (MSRT) initiated by Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. The MSRT program is a global robotics education initiative with university partners in Asia, Europe, Latin American, the Caribbean, and North America. Nanjing University of Science and Technology is the only collaborative master's degree program partner of the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University in China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan).
In the first year, the four Robotics Institute core (Fundamentals of Robotics) courses will be taught using distance education materials produced by CMU Robotics Institute and delivered by NUST's qualified faculty. The Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University will include interactive distance instruction as a component of the program. The students admitted to the MSRT Program will obtain a first-class postgraduate education geared to international standards. In the second year, during his/her study at Carnegie Mellon University, the student will study alongside top students from the US and around the world.
2. Financial Benefits
The MSRT Program is a collaborative system. Students study in China for the first year, which significantly reduce tuition and living costs. According to preliminary estimates, a domestic student admitted to the MSRT Program will save around $20,000 compared to those directly admitted to a two-year master’s degree program at Carnegie Mellon University.
3. Advantages in Admission
CMU's Robotics Institute enjoys a high academic reputation internationally. Due to its highly selective nature, it is difficult for domestic students to be directly admitted to a master’s degree program at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. The specialized and collaborative nature of the MSRT Program presents a unique opportunity for students interested in entrepreneurship, product development and innovation, and commercialization. While all the minimum standards of admissions are uniform across the Robotics Institute programs, the local emphasis and focus produces a smaller applicant pool, so admission is statistically more likely for MSRT Program applicants. If a student is admitted to the MSRT Program, meets CMU's TOEFL requirements and GRE standards, fulfills the first-year learning requirements prescribed herein, and passes an oral examination by experts from Carnegie Mellon University, he/she will invited to apply to complete the program at Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh PA campus.
4．Advantages in Employment
Due to the excellent academic reputation of Carnegie Mellon University in computer science and related fields and the strong robotics research background of Nanjing University of Science and Technology, the graduates of this program will have outstanding opportunities to compete for excellent positions in famous enterprises and institutes, and for seeking funding for complete independent ventures. The program's collaborative teaching, research, and problem solving are grounded in ethical leadership and entrepreneurship. Project-based learning integrates cutting edge technology and real world applications. Leveraging our combined institutional resources and industrial collaborations, NUST and CMU faculty educate and develop perhaps the most innovative robotics technology leaders and entrepreneurs in the world.
IV. Target Students and Total Number of Students to be Admitted
The target students of the MSRT Program fall into the following four categories:
The Graduate School of Nanjing University of Science and Technology will be responsible for recruiting S1 and S3 category students; The School of Computer Science and Technology of Nanjing University of Science and Technology will support recruiting S2 and S4 category students. S1 and S3 category students will be the principal part. The Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University will direct US students who are interested in the MSRT program to apply one of its partner programs. Students in this category who are admitted by NUST will be designated as S3 orS4 category students.
After negotiations with Carnegie Mellon University, total number of students who admitted to the MSRT Program in 2013 shall not exceed 30 in order to ensure quality of training.
V. Course Schedule
Course title (units)
Category of students
English for Master Candidates (16)
Dialectics of Nature (12)
Taught in Chinese
Chinese History and Culture (16)
Taught in English
Applied Statistics (8)
Select one course
Stochastic Mathematics (12)
Pattern Recognition Technology (8)
Taught in Chinese and English
Digital Image Analysis (8)
Carnegie MellonUniversity provides parallel teaching materials and interactive distance instruction; Teachers of Nanjing University of Science & Technology instruct in English
Control Mechanics (12)
Select four courses
System Engineering (12)
Statistical Technology in Robotics (12)
Principles of Human-Robot Interaction (12)
Artificial Intelligence (12)
Robotic Manipulation (12)
Computer Vision (12)
Computational Photography (12)
Neural System Computing Model (12)
Intelligent Robot (12)
Feedback Control System (12)
Visual Sensor (12)
Kinematics, Dynamic System and Control (12)
Sensing and Sensor (12)
Medical Image Analysis (12)
Robot’s Behavior Planning (12)
Mobile Robot Technology (12)
Mechatronic System Design (12)
Geometric Methods in Vision (12)
Machine Learning (12)
Year 2 course selections will be a combination of elective and directive, selected primarily from the RI course catalog, for each student individually based on the student's preference and the MSRT program director's evaluation of the student's strengths, weaknesses, and intended career requirements. Taking non-RI courses requires first the permission of the MS-RT program director and additionally the permission of the course instructor.
Tuition is divided into Chinese NUST portion and international CMU portion (the tuition may be adjusted annually based on changes in the tuition of NUST and CMU).
First year (at NUST)
Second year (at CMU)
Domestic portion (RMB)
International portion (U.S. dollars)
CMU portion (U.S. dollars)
S1 category students
S2 category students
S3 category students
S4 category students
(1) Students are required to directly pay year two CMU tuition to Carnegie Mellon University. $37,000 U.S. listed herein is an estimated tuition fee for your reference only. Current CMU tuition can be found at http://www.cmu.edu/hub.
(2) Nanjing University of Science and Technology will offer scholarship to outstanding students who have received a master's degree from both universities. The amount of the award and ways to reward will be announced later based on actual operating conditions of the MSRT Program.
(3) A student who at the end of the year one program is not admitted to the year two program will be given one chance to repeat the year one program and again seek admission to the year two program. If a student fails to pass the interview due to bad exam results in the first stage or low GRE and / or TOEFL test results and is thus not qualified to be admitted to the second stage of the MSRT Program, Nanjing University of Science and Technology will retain his/her qualification for the MSRT Program for one year. The student may retake failed courses and prepare for the GRE/TOEFL test again. He/she may be admitted to the second stage of the MSRT Program if he/she passes the interview. During the retention of qualification period for the MSRT Program, he/she must pay Nanjing University of Science and Technology a domestic tuition fee of RMB 21,000 Yuan/year.
(4) If an S1 category student abandons the qualification for the MSRT Program at the second stage after he/she finishes the first-stage, he/she may be admitted to a 2.5-year master's degree program at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, and finish the remaining 1.5-year of study there. He/she must continue to pay Nanjing University of Science and Technology a domestic tuition fee of RMB 21,000 Yuan/year in the second year as agreed. He/she may pay Nanjing University of Science and Technology the same tuition fee as ordinary graduate candidates in the third year.
VII. Expected Start Date
The first stage (at Nanjing University of Science and Technology’s Campus): September 2013.
The second stage (at Carnegie Mellon University’s campus in Pittsburgh): August 2014.
VIII. Documents Required for Domestic Students’ Application
(1) MSRT Program application form
(2) CMU MS-RT Applicant Information Form Receipt Email (Page: https://applyweb.cs.cmu.edu/apply/index.php?domain=41)
(3) A copy of identity card
(4) Two photographs following established standards
(5) Documentary proof of bank deposit of at least RMB 200,000 Yuan with a freezing period of at least a year, and valid family income certificate. This requirement may be waived on a case by case basis for predetermined excellent students.
(6) Current students are required to provide original transcript of academic records in Chinese and English
(7) Graduate students are required to provide a copy of their degree certificate and graduation certificate, and original transcript of academic records in Chinese and English
(8) A student who attends the national post-graduate entrance examination is required to provide a copy of the examination results transcript
(9) A copy of TOEFL and GRE test results. The minimum score for the TOEFL test is 100 with a minimum score of 25 in each section.
IX. Admission Procedure for Domestic Students
(1) Application Methods
The Application deadline for postgraduate candidates exempted from the postgraduate admission test of Nanjing University of Science and Technology is November 30, 2010. Application for other categories of students is Rolling Admission.
(3) Qualification Review Process
(4) Interview and Admission
Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a round of interviews by experts to be held in June 2013 (2013 Postgraduate Entrance Reexamination of Nanjing University of Science and Technology falls on the same day). Candidates who pass the interview will receive the admission notice jointly signed by the two universities within 15 days.
(5) Payment of Tuition
Students are required to pay in a lump sum the first-year domestic and international tuition fee, accommodation fee and other fees when the term starts.
(6) Learning During the First Stage
The two universities will collaboratively designate a domestic and foreign faculty mentor for each NC student. The mentors will provide each student with guidance in his/her studies and project planning.
(7) Official admission to CMU
A student may apply for official admission to Carnegie Mellon University after he/she meets the following conditions:
(8) Learning During the Second Stage
After admission to Carnegie Mellon University, a student is required to consult with the MS-RT director and his/her supervisor about course selection and other project work, and, with his/her academic supervisors, determine the title and completion date of NUST master's thesis and CMU extended project.
(9) Review of Oral Examinations Markers
In summary, there are five major transition points in the program. Each is associated with an oral examination.
 Please refer to IV. Target Students and Total Number of Students to Be Admitted