Joint Ph.D. Human-Robot Interaction

In August of 2017 Tufts approved a new Joint Ph.D. Program in Human- Robot Interaction. 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 Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering (note other programs may be included in the future). This page provides information about the joint computer science/HRI Ph.D.

For those in the Computer Science program, all of the requirements for the Computer Science Ph.D. as well as those for HRI (see below) must be met. The degree awarded will be a "joint Ph.D. in computer science and human-robot interaction."

Summary of HRI Requirements for Computer Science Ph.D. Students1

In addition to the Computer Science Ph.D. requirements, a minimum of 10 HRI courses (5 core courses and 5 electives; note that many of these also count towards the Computer Science requirements)

Additional program requirements include

  • demonstrated competence in four core research methods
  • colloquium series
  • teaching requirement
  • qualifying exams

1 For further and more detailed information about the Tufts Joint HRI Ph.D. program visit the HRI program site.