Master of Science in Applied Artificial Intelligence 

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 electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, information technology, statistics or a related STEM field.

Potential candidates for the University of San Diego’s online master’s degree in applied artificial intelligence 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 and chemical sciences, health care or a related STEM field
  • Professionals starting their careers in AI who realize they are more interested in practical applications and real-world problem solving
  • Programmers and engineers who are looking to expand their skills into the realm of artificial intelligence

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Admission Requirements

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:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, IT, statistics or a related STEM field from an accredited institution
  • Bachelor’s GPA of 2.75 or higher (official transcripts required)
    • Candidates with GPA under 2.75 or with degrees from other fields can apply, but will be asked to provide an essay including relevant and convincing explanations of their experience, skills and motivation (guidelines provided on Applications page).
    • Candidates with GPA under 2.75 are also strongly encouraged to complete a standardized test such as GRE or GMAT.
    • International students will require TOEFL scores of 83 or higher.
  • A personal statement outlining their overall qualifications for the program. Candidates should consider responses to the following questions and prompts:
    • What are your biggest strengths as a professional (or future professional) in the field of artificial intelligence?
    • What excites you about AI?
    • What motivates you to learn AI?
    • What are your future career goals and how will USD’s MS-AAI program help you achieve them?
    • Elaborate on your prior industry or research experiences that would strengthen your candidacy for the program.
    • What aspects of the USD MS-AAI curriculum are attractive to you?
    • Elaborate on your academic preparedness for the program by describing your skills and experience in college level calculus, linear algebra and/or statistics and programming in Python. If you do not possess these skills, you will be asked to please submit an additional one-page summary explaining your strategy for preparation in these areas. For resources to help acquire these skills, see the learning resources at the bottom of this page.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Recommendation letter from candidate’s current supervisor/manager
    • Or two letters of recommendation from external references for candidates who are unable to obtain a letter of recommendation from a current supervisor.
  • Optional: Video to allow faculty to get to know you as a candidate. Please limit the video to two minutes.

The process starts with the submission of your online application. You can find additional information and guidance on preparing your application by visiting our Starting Your Application 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 or use the chat feature on this page 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.

Speak to an Enrollment Advisor   

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.

Completed Application Deadline
December 10, 2021
Registration Deadline
December 13, 2021
First Course Start Date
January 11, 2022
First Course End Date
February 28, 2022
Second Course Start Date
March 1, 2022
Second Course End Date
April 18, 2022
Completed Application Deadline
April 11, 2022
Registration Deadline
April 22, 2022
First Course Start Date
May 10, 2022
First Course End Date
June 27, 2022
Second Course Start Date
June 28, 2022
Second Course End Date
August 15, 2022
Completed Application Deadline
August 1, 2022
Registration Deadline
August 15, 2022
First Course Start Date
September 6, 2022
First Course End Date
October 24, 2022
Second Course Start Date
October 25, 2022
Second Course End Date
December 12, 2022