Nanodegree Program

Become a Deep Reinforcement Learning Expert

Become a reinforcement learning expert

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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  • Time
    1 Four-Month Term

    Study 10-15 hrs/week and complete in 4 months.

  • Classroom Opens
    April 30, 2019

    Classroom opens 7 days after enrollment closes

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Why Take This Nanodegree Program?

Deep reinforcement learning is one of AI’s hottest fields. Researchers, engineers, and investors are excited by its world-changing potential. In this advanced program, you’ll master techniques like Deep Q-Learning and Actor-Critic Methods, and connect with experts from NVIDIA and Unity as you build a portfolio of your own reinforcement learning projects.

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Apple, Facebook, and Google are investing in deep reinforcement learning.

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Master the Most Cutting-Edge Techniques

Deep reinforcement learning is at the forefront of AI research. Many experts see it as a path to Artificial General Intelligence. In this advanced program, you’ll master the latest techniques: Deep Q-Learning, Actor-Critic Methods, and more.

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Learn from the World’s Leading Experts

We collaborated with NVIDIA and Unity to build a world-class program that balances theory with practical application, and supports exploration of new approaches to compelling challenges in fields ranging from gaming to finance to robotics.

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Design Your Own Algorithms

You’ll learn the theories behind the most recent advances in deep reinforcement learning, and then use that knowledge to train your own agents! You’ll complete three major projects, and build a strong portfolio in the process.

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Get Personalized Project Reviews

Get personalized feedback on your projects from a team of AI experts. Then share your polished projects on GitHub, showcasing your mastery of this advanced field.

Learn with the best

Alexis Cook
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 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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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.

What You Will Learn

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Deep Reinforcement Learning

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.

Write your own implementations of many cutting-edge algorithms, including DQN, DDPG, and evolutionary methods.

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4 months to complete

Prerequisite Knowledge

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

  • 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.

    Continuous Control
  • 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.

    Collaboration and Competition
Just as machines made human muscles a thousand times stronger, machines will make the human brain a thousand times more powerful.
— Sebastian Thrun

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State-of-the-art program with extraordinary projects. Core of moder AI. Udacity opens new doors for people who wanr to change the world. Perfect

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Farida H.

I loved how the research spirit was obvious in this nanodegree

Muh Alif A.

The materials are presented in a clear and elaborate way.

Robson M.

The program is very didactic, the lessons are detailed and I could learn very much with the projects. These are important adjectives because we are handling with a difficult subject.

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Deep Reinforcement Learning

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

Program Details

  • 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.

  • 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?
  • How is this Nanodegree program structured?

    The Deep Reinforcement Learning Nanodegree program consists of one four-month long term. All students must successfully complete three projects in order to graduate. Each project will be reviewed by one of the project reviewers in the Udacity reviewer network. Your reviewer will give you detailed feedback on your work and let you know where your project needs improvement, if necessary. If you do not pass the project, you will be asked to submit again until you pass in order to successfully complete the term.

  • How long is this Nanodegree program?

    Access to this Nanodegree program runs for the period noted in the Term length section above.

    See the Terms of Use and FAQs for other policies around the terms of access to our Nanodegree programs.

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

    Please see the Udacity Nanodegree program FAQs found here for policies on enrollment in our programs.

  • 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.

Deep Reinforcement Learning

Become a reinforcement learning expert