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Graduate Programs

Texas Robotics offers the Graduate Portfolio Program for graduate students to earn a certification of expertise in robotics on their transcript. 


Graduate Level “Certification of Expertise” in Robotics.

Texas Robotics offers a Graduate Portfolio Program through which students can earn a “Certification of Expertise” distinction on their masters or doctorate level degree transcript. Apply Today!

The portfolio program aims to create a student-led research community in robotics at UT Austin and to promote interdisciplinary interaction among students.

By taking courses in robotics, completing robotics research, and attending/presenting at the Robotics seminars, you will meet all requirements needed to receive this accreditation. 

The Program is administered by the Graduate Portfolio Steering Committee.


Priority Deadlines: 

Fall Semester: August 31st 

Spring Semester: January 31st

*Applications can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Students will be admitted to the program on a case-by-case basis. Students should apply to the program at least two semesters before their expected graduation.

To apply to the program, students must complete the following steps:

  • Apply and be accepted to a graduate program at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Apply to the portfolio program during their first or second year of a graduate program (Students may appeal for exceptions in case of extenuating circumstances)
  • Have a faculty supervisor for their Robotics Research
  • Submit the following forms here:



To receive the distinction, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete department specific coursework.
  • Complete 12 credit hours in robotics.
    • Course load must include 2 core classes from different departments, one of which may be the student’s home department.
    • No more than 2 of the 4 courses can be from the same department.
    • At least three departments must be represented in the student’s course load.
    • Courses can be from this list and additional relevant courses may be added to the list upon request. Contact the Steering Committee for requests. 
  • Participate in the Texas Robotics Portfolio Research Seminar
    • Students must present at 1 seminar per year.
    • Students must attend at least 10 seminars over the course of their time in the program. (5-7 seminars are held per semester)
    • Students are expected to attend and participate in the seminar as much as possible.
  • Submit proof of completion through this form.

Note: the portfolio program is a program for students already enrolled in a graduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin. The program adds no additional cost or time to a degree plan, but students must meet the additional requirements stated above.  



Graduate Organizations

Texas Robotics Graduate Students Organization

Texas Robotics Graduate Students is a student organization committed to organizing community building and professional development events for graduate students in Texas Robotics. They also serve as liaison between faculty and the graduate student body. 

If you are a graduate student in Texas Robotics, click here to learn more. 

Benefits of joining TRGS include: 

  • Visit robotics companies for networking and recruiting events
  • Receive first dibs on volunteer and community engagement opportunities
  • Build a network with fellow robotics graduate students at events with free food and fun activities 
  • Have a direct line to Texas Robotics Faculty and Staff
  • Receive TRGS Shirts or other swag

Requirements of joining TRGS include: 

  • Attend a weekly meeting
  • Be a graduate student affiliated with Texas Robotics