Master of Science in Applied Artificial Intelligence

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Admission Requirements

The online Master of Science in Applied Artificial Intelligence program is designed to attract candidates who have some real-world or research experience in their profession and a background in computer engineering, statistics, computer science, data science, information technology, electrical engineering or a related STEM field.

Potential candidates for the University of San Diego’s online master’s degree in applied artificial intelligence include:

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Requirements Checklist

Candidates who possess real-world or research experience will be best positioned for acceptance into the program. Unless otherwise noted, candidates are required to have or provide the following:

The process starts with the submission of your online application. You can find additional information and guidance on preparing your application by visiting the Starting Your Application section our main Admissions Requirements page. If you have questions regarding the requirements or any aspect of the application process, please contact an enrollment advisor for assistance.

We strongly encourage you to please contact us at (888) 832-0239 if you are interested in the program but do not meet all of the admissions requirements. Our application review process always includes a holistic look at your experience and background, and we understand that a low undergraduate GPA or lack of professional experience is not necessarily indicative of your potential success in our program.

For further reading and preparation for the MS-AAI program, some suggested resources are listed at the bottom of this page.

Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis. A decision will be recommended by the Review Committee within one week of your application being submitted.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to regulations from the Department of Education, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online degree programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. This restriction does not apply to applicants interested in a campus-based program.

Additional supporting materials may be requested by your enrollment advisor. Please contact your advisor at (888) 832-0239 if you are interested, but do not meet all published admissions requirements.

Are you an international applicant?

International applicants must meet additional requirements for admission, including: 

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
September 3
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an undergraduate degree in science or engineering?

One of the program’s admission requirements is a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering, Statistics, Computer Science, Data Science, IT, Electrical Engineering 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 many units is my program?

The MS-AAI program is a total of 30 units.

Students will enroll in two prescribed courses each semester for a total of 6 semester units.

Are the University of San Diego’s online master’s degree programs considered full-time or part-time?

All of the University of San Diego’s online graduate degrees provide 6 units per term, making them part-time, or 3/4 time, programs.

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 $965 per credit, for a total tuition of $28,950.

Please note this covers only the cost of courses; any additional expenses, such as books and other fees, are not included.

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.

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. Students will also be expected to have some familiarity with reading and writing computer code.