Graduate Programs

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



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.

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

The Program is administered by the Graduate Portfolio Steering Committee.



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

  • Complete department specific coursework
  • Complete 12 credit hours (4 courses) in robotics 
    • Courseload 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 must be from this list, but 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 for at least 4 semesters or from admission until graduation*
    • Students must present at 1 seminar per year 
    • Students are expected to attend and participate in the seminar as much as possible.
  • Submit the following documents to the student’s advisor and the Chair of the Portfolio Steering Committee before the end of the student’s last class prior to graduation


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 requirement stated above.  



Students will be admitted to the program on a case-by-case basis pending review by the Portfolio Steering Committee.

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 to the Chair of the Graduate Portfolio Steering Committee
  • Submit the application prior to the deadline
    • Spring Semester: December 1st
    • Fall Semester: May 1st 


Learn more about the history of the Graduate Portfolio Program at Texas Robotics 


*Updates applicable starting Spring 2023






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.