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At a Glance

Earn your master’s degree online in just 20 months to position yourself for success in the fast-growing field of artificial intelligence.

20 Months
30 Units
$925
January 10
December 2

Quick Facts

Program consists of five semesters: two courses per semester, and seven weeks per course (taken one at a time).

YOUR FUTURE IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

TRAINING AI EXPERTS FOR CAREER SUCCESS

The University of San Diego’s innovative, online AI master’s degree program is committed to training current and future artificial intelligence professionals for the important and fascinating work ahead. The strengths of our program include a significant emphasis on real-world applications, ethics, privacy, moral responsibility, and social good in designing AI-enabled systems.

Designed to prepare graduates for success in this vitally important and fast-growing field, this master’s in artificial intelligence online degree program has been developed by AI experts in close collaboration with key industry and government stakeholders to provide in-depth practical and technical training. This innovative program:

$126,472

Average salary for an AI Programmer

$164,000

Average salary for an AI Engineer

$15.7Billion

AI’s addition to global economic growth by 2030


A CLOSER LOOK – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AT USD

who is this program for?

Our applied artificial intelligence master’s degree program is ideally suited to those with a background in science, mathematics, engineering, health care, statistics, or technology.

Potential candidates for the University of San Diego’s online AI master’s degree program include:

  • Those who possess a bachelor’s degree with strong academic credentials in such majors as statistics, mathematics, data science, computer science, engineering, physics, biological sciences, and healthcare.
  • Those who possess a bachelor’s degree with strong academic credentials in non-STEM fields and are interested in advancing their technical knowledge into the realm of artificial intelligence.
  • Programmers and engineers who are looking to expand their skills into areas of artificial intelligence.
  • Professionals starting their careers in AI who realize they are more interested in practical applications and real-world problem-solving.
  • Professionals in other disciplines who are motivated to learn artificial intelligence and applications to advance their careers.

We ask that applicants review the complete list of our admission requirements before applying.


A WORD FROM THE ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

The mission of our program is to offer a robust, state-of-the-art online learning experience that enables students to master the technical skills, practical expertise, and soft skills necessary for developing and deploying ethical and socially responsible intelligent systems that autonomously solve challenging engineering, science, healthcare, and business problems in data-rich domains. Graduates will be successful in technical positions in a variety of industries, and will also be well-positioned for management and entrepreneurial projects in AI.


How to Apply

For details on admission requirements and how to begin your application, please visit our Admission Requirements page.


Artificial Intelligence Careers

High-paying career opportunities in artificial intelligence and related disciplines continue to expand across a broad spectrum of industries, public agencies, and nonprofits. With a master’s degree, graduates are well positioned to compete for advanced leadership and management opportunities in AI.

Artificial Intelligence Programmer

  • $126,472
Artificial Intelligence Engineer

  • $164,769
Business Intelligence Developer

  • $98,283
User Experience Engineer

  • $107,670


Salary data from employment websites including Indeed, LinkedIn, ZipRecruiter, PayScale, Salary and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Academic Calendar

Degree candidates are admitted throughout the year to begin their degree during one of three semesters (spring, summer and fall). Students take two courses during each 14-week semester, focusing on one 7-week course at a time. This degree program can be completed in 5 semesters (20 months).


CUTTING-EDGE CURRICULUM

The University of San Diego’s Master of Science in Applied Artificial Intelligence degree program features an innovative, hands-on AI curriculum tailored to the needs of industries and employers.

Taught by expert practitioners, the online Master of Science in Applied Artificial Intelligence (MS-AAI) curriculum is designed to equip graduates with the technical strategies and skills they will use to apply powerful analytical tools to real-world applications in the workplace. The program culminates in a Capstone experience that pairs them with fellow students, instructors, and potential industry partners on an in-depth project that showcases their ability to apply their AI knowledge and skills.

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Program Goals

The University of San Diego’s online master’s degree in Applied Artificial Intelligence differentiates itself from other similar programs in several significant ways. The program:


accreditation

Accreditation is an important quality indicator for college and university degree programs, generally regarded as a stamp of approval that ensures you will be able to apply for financial aid and transfer your credits if you decide to switch schools. Most state universities and private non-profit universities will have a regional accreditation. The University of San Diego has earned both regional and national accreditations.

Accreditations include:

The WASC Senior College and University Commission – WASC is a regional accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid. Learn more about the importance of selecting a regionally accredited program.


EXPERT FACULTY

The faculty is composed of experienced artificial intelligence instructor-practitioners — real-world experts who work with students to ensure that the learning experience is contextualized for individualized development, while also sharing valuable information and insights regarding careers in AI.

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Ebrahim Tarshizi, PhD, MBA
Academic Director
Edwin Addison, JD, LLM, MS, MBA
JD, LLM, MS, MBA
Dr. Ying Lin
PhD, Computer and Information Science
Amit P. Manghani, MS, MBA
MSc, Computer Science
Dr. Kahila Mokhtari
PhD, Petroleum Engineering
Dr. Som Shahapurkar
PhD, Computer Science

Tuition and Financial Aid

Program tuition is competitive with other top institutions. Federal financial aid can help you fund your degree. Scholarships and grants may also be available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is a GRE or GMAT required for admission?

Candidates who have a GPA above 2.75 are not required to take a GRE or GMAT; however, a standardized test such as GRE or GMAT is recommended for applicants with a GPA under 2.75.

Do I need an undergraduate degree in science or engineering?

One of the program’s admission requirements is a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, IT, Statistics, or a related STEM field from an accredited institution. Candidates who possess real-world experience or research experience will be best positioned for acceptance into the program.

How much does the online artificial intelligence master’s degree cost in tuition?

The Master of Science in Applied Artificial Intelligence online program is 30 total credits at $925 per credit, for a total tuition of $27,750. Thanks to available federal financial aid, most students find the program to be a valuable, affordable investment that quickly pays for itself.

What is the duration of the program?

Designed to be completed in 20 months over five semesters, the program requires students to complete two 7-week-long courses each semester — beginning with two introductory courses — for a total of 30 academic units. The master’s degree you will earn as an online graduate student is of the same quality and rigor as that earned by campus-based students.

What skills and experience are important for success in the Master of Science in Applied Artificial Intelligence program?

Applicants should have some knowledge and experience with Calculus and Linear Algebra.

How much programming experience is required?

Applicants should have some knowledge and experience in at least one of the following programming languages: Python, C, and MATLAB.

Are there some recommended resources to help prepare for the MS-AAI program?

Here are some free recommended resources for preparing for the Master of Science in Applied Artificial Intelligence program:

Khan Academy: Calculus
Khan Academy: Statistics
Math is Fun: Statistics
Khan Academy: Linear Algebra
Calculus eTextbook by Gilbert Strang
LearnPython.org: Free interactive Python tutorial
Introduction to R by Udemy
Free Matlab tutorial

Does USD offer career development/advising support?

The University of San Diego is committed to steering you on a path toward educational and professional success. Right from the start, you’ll receive support and guidance from experienced University of San Diego advisors who are invested in helping you achieve your education goals!

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