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Become a Deep Reinforcement Learning Expert

Nanodegree Program

Learn the deep reinforcement learning skills that are powering amazing advances in AI. Then start applying these to applications like video games and robotics.

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  • Estimated time
    4 Months

    At 10-15 hrs/week

  • Enroll by
    June 14, 2023

    Get access to classroom immediately on enrollment

  • Skills acquired
    Value-Based Reinforcement Learning, Markov Decision Processes
In collaboration with
  • Unity
  • Nvidia Deep Learning Institute

What You Will Learn

  1. Deep Reinforcement Learning

    4 months to complete

    Learn cutting-edge deep reinforcement learning algorithms—from Deep Q-Networks (DQN) to Deep Deterministic Policy Gradients (DDPG). Apply these concepts to train agents to walk, drive, or perform other complex tasks, and build a robust portfolio of deep reinforcement learning projects.

    Prerequisite knowledge

    This program requires experience with Python, probability, machine learning, and deep learning.

    1. Foundations of Reinforcement Learning

      Master the fundamentals of reinforcement learning by writing your own implementations of many classical solution methods.

      • Value-Based Methods

        Apply deep learning architectures to reinforcement learning tasks. Train your own agent that navigates a virtual world from sensory data.

      • Policy-Based Methods

        Learn the theory behind evolutionary algorithms and policy-gradient methods. Design your own algorithm to train a simulated robotic arm to reach target locations.

      • Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning

        Learn how to apply reinforcement learning methods to applications that involve multiple, interacting agents. These techniques are used in a variety of applications, such as the coordination of autonomous vehicles.

    All our programs include

    • Real-world projects from industry experts

      With real-world projects and immersive content built in partnership with top-tier companies, you’ll master the tech skills companies want.

    • Real-time support

      On demand help. Receive instant help with your learning directly in the classroom. Stay on track and get unstuck.

    • Career services

      You’ll have access to Github portfolio review and LinkedIn profile optimization to help you advance your career and land a high-paying role.

    • Flexible learning program

      Tailor a learning plan that fits your busy life. Learn at your own pace and reach your personal goals on the schedule that works best for you.

    Program offerings

    • Class Content

      • Content Co-created with Unity
      • Real-world projects
      • Project reviews
      • Project feedback from experienced reviewers
    • Student services

      • Student community
      • Real-time support
    • Career services

      • Github review
      • Linkedin profile optimization

    Succeed with personalized services.

    We provide services customized for your needs at every step of your learning journey to ensure your success.

    Get timely feedback on your projects.

    • Personalized feedback
    • Unlimited submissions and feedback loops
    • Practical tips and industry best practices
    • Additional suggested resources to improve
    • 1,400+

      project reviewers

    • 2.7M

      projects reviewed

    • 88/100

      reviewer rating

    • 1.1 hours

      avg project review turnaround time

    Learn with the best.

    Learn with the best.

    • Alexis Cook

      Curriculum Lead

      Alexis is an applied mathematician with a Masters in Computer Science from Brown University and a Masters in Applied Mathematics from the University of Michigan. She was formerly a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

    • Arpan Chakraborty


      Arpan is a computer scientist with a PhD from North Carolina State University. He teaches at Georgia Tech (within the Masters in Computer Science program), and is a coauthor of the book Practical Graph Mining with R.

    • Mat Leonard


      Mat is a former physicist, research neuroscientist, and data scientist. He did his PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley.

    • Luis Serrano


      Luis was formerly a Machine Learning Engineer at Google. He holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Quebec at Montreal.

    • Cezanne Camacho

      Curriculum Lead

      Cezanne is a machine learning educator with a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. As a former researcher in genomics and biomedical imaging, she’s applied machine learning to medical diagnostic applications.

    • Dana Sheahan

      Content Developer

      Dana is an electrical engineer with a Masters in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. Her work experience includes software development for embedded systems in the Automotive Group at Motorola, where she was awarded a patent for an onboard operating system.

    • Chhavi Yadav

      Content Developer

      Chhavi is a Computer Science graduate student at New York University, where she researches machine learning algorithms. She is also an electronics engineer and has worked on wireless systems.

    • Juan Delgado

      Content Developer

      Juan is a computational physicist with a Masters in Astronomy. He is finishing his PhD in Biophysics. He previously worked at NASA developing space instruments and writing software to analyze large amounts of scientific data using machine learning techniques.

    • Miguel Morales

      Content Developer

      Miguel is a software engineer at Lockheed Martin. He earned a Masters in Computer Science at Georgia Tech and is an Instructional Associate for the Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making course. He’s the author of Grokking Deep Reinforcement Learning.

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      • Learn

        Master cutting-edge deep reinforcement learning algorithms with hands-on coding exercises, and challenging, open-ended projects.

      • Average Time

        On average, successful students take 3 months to complete this program.

      • Benefits include

        • Real-world projects from industry experts
        • Real-time classroom support
        • Career services

      Program details

      Program overview: Why should I take this program?
      • Why should I enroll?

        The demand for engineers with reinforcement learning and deep learning skills far exceeds the number of engineers with these skills. This program offers a unique opportunity for you to develop these in-demand skills. You’ll implement several deep reinforcement learning algorithms using a combination of Python and deep learning libraries that will serve as portfolio pieces to demonstrate the skills you’ve acquired. As interest and investment in this space continues to increase, you’ll be ideally positioned to emerge as a leader in this groundbreaking field.

      • What jobs will this program prepare me for?

        This program is designed to build on your existing skills in machine learning and deep learning. As such, it doesn't prepare you for a specific job, but instead expands your skills in the deep reinforcement learning domain. These skills can be applied to various applications such as gaming, robotics, recommendation systems, autonomous vehicles, financial trading, and more.

      • How do I know if this program is right for me?

        This program offers an ideal path into the world of deep reinforcement learning—a transformational technology that is reshaping our future, and driving amazing new innovations in Artificial Intelligence. If you're interested in applying AI to fields such as gaming, robotics, autonomous systems, and financial trading, this is the perfect way to get started.

      Enrollment and admission
      • Do I need to apply? What are the admission criteria?

        No. This Nanodegree program accepts all applicants regardless of experience and specific background.

      • What are the prerequisites for enrollment?

        We recommend that you complete a course in Deep Learning equivalent to the Deep Learning Nanodegree program prior to entering the program. You will need to be able to communicate fluently and professionally in written and spoken English.

        Additionally, you should have the following knowledge:

        • Intermediate Python programming knowledge, including:
        • Strings, numbers, and variables
        • Statements, operators, and expressions
        • Lists, tuples, and dictionaries
        • Conditions, loops
        • Generators & comprehensions
        • Procedures, objects, modules, and libraries
        • Troubleshooting and debugging
        • Research & documentation
        • Problem solving
        • Algorithms and data structures

        Basic shell scripting:

        • Run programs from a command line
        • Debug error messages and feedback
        • Set environment variables
        • Establish remote connections

        Basic statistical knowledge, including:

        • Populations, samples
        • Mean, median, mode
        • Standard error
        • Variation, standard deviations
        • Normal distribution

        Intermediate differential calculus and linear algebra, including:

        • Derivatives & Integrals
        • Series expansions
        • Matrix operations through eigenvectors and eigenvalues
      • If I do not meet the requirements to enroll, what should I do?
      Tuition and term of program
      • How is this Nanodegree program structured?

        The Deep Reinforcement Learning Nanodegree program is comprised of content and curriculum to support three (3) projects. We estimate that students can complete the program in four (4) months working 10 hours per week.

        Each project will be reviewed by the Udacity reviewer network. Feedback will be provided and if you do not pass the project, you will be asked to resubmit the project until it passes.

      • How long is this Nanodegree program?

        Access to this Nanodegree program runs for the length of time specified above. If you do not graduate within that time period, you will continue learning with month-to-month payments. See the Terms of Use and FAQs for other policies regarding the terms of access to our Nanodegree programs.

      • Can I switch my start date? Can I get a refund?

        Please see the Udacity Program FAQs for policies on enrollment in our programs.

      Software and hardware: What do I need for this program?
      • What software and versions will I need in this program?

        You will need a computer running a 64-bit operating system (most modern Windows, OS X, and Linux versions will work) with at least 8GB of RAM, along with administrator account permissions sufficient to install programs including Anaconda with Python 3.6 and supporting packages. Your network should allow secure connections to remote hosts (like SSH). We will provide you with instructions to install the required software packages.

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