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Earn a Penn State Artificial Intelligence Master's Degree — 100% online
With recent advances in computing power and communications bandwidth and the ubiquity of internet-connected devices, artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as an important discipline, driven heavily by the commercial availability of “smart” technologies and services. These advances correspond with the need for educated, qualified professionals who are capable of developing intelligent systems and exploring new frontiers in AI and machine learning (ML).
This online program is designed to provide technical education that empowers graduates to drive the design, development, and deployment of AI and ML products and services across a broad array of applications. Professionals working in the field of AI are responsible for identifying and acquiring relevant data sets, developing scalable algorithms based on state-of-the-art AI/ML (including deep learning), natural language processing, reinforcement learning, and computer vision. Their work also includes applying findings to smart consumer devices, medical imaging diagnostics, autonomous vehicles, and weapons systems.
Your Artificial Intelligence Online Courses
The Master of Professional Studies in Artificial Intelligence degree is a 33-credit online graduate degree program that can provide you with the skills and knowledge required to identify, acquire, process, and prepare relevant data sets; research, prototype, and develop algorithms to solve challenging computer vision, natural language, and multi-modal data-fusion tasks; and perform other emerging operations.
As a student in this program, you can learn how to:
- demonstrate interdisciplinary knowledge and comprehension of the major issues in AI and ML
- communicate the major issues of AI and its applications including theories, approaches, findings, and technical and ethical implications
- discriminate between state-of-the-art techniques in neural network architecture, machine learning, deep learning, and collective intelligence to determine the most appropriate approach for solving a given problem
Why Pursue a Penn State Degree Online?
Penn State World Campus offers a flexible, online platform that allows you to pursue a world-class education while you continue to gain valuable work experience. You will receive the same education as a resident Penn State student, and your courses will be taught by the same graduate faculty who are active in research and experts in their fields.
You can also join a faculty-led student group that focuses on contemporary issues in AI as well as coordinates student teams for AI/ML events including the American Statistical Association DataFest, Kaggle competitions, and the Nittany AI Challenge.
Penn State is an associate member of the Linux Foundation® (LF AI & Data Foundation). Working in tandem with services available through the Nittany AI Alliance, this membership allows students to expand their experiences with AI technologies with opportunities to learn from, contribute to, and interact with companies pursuing AI projects.
Information for Military and Veterans
Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, and application instructions.
You must successfully completely a total of 33 credits at the 400, 500, or 800 level, while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better in all course work, including:
- at least 21 credits of required core courses at the 500 or 800 level, with at least 6 credits at the 500 level
- at least 9 credits of electives
- 3 credits of A-I 894, an integrative research topics course, which includes a written paper
You will apply your knowledge of the theories, methods, processes, and tools of AI, learned throughout your program, in a culminating and summative experience. The choice of project topic and exact form will be mutually determined by you and your instructor. A written paper based on the applied project is required and must contain project description, analysis, and interpretation of findings.
Core Courses (21 credits)
Electives (select 9 credits)
Culminating Experience (3 credits)
If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.
Costs and Financial Aid
Graduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register. Tuition is due shortly after each semester begins and rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.
|How many credits do you plan to take per semester?||Cost|
|11 or fewer||$1,056 per credit|
|12 or more||$12,672 per semester|
|How many credits do you plan to take per semester?||Cost|
|11 or fewer||$1,067 per credit|
|12 or more||$12,804 per semester|
Financial Aid and Military Benefits
Some students may qualify for financial aid. Take the time to research financial aid, scholarships, and payment options as you prepare to apply. Military service members, veterans, and their spouses or dependents should explore these potential military education benefits and financial aid opportunities, as well.
How to Apply
Deadlines and Important Dates
Your degree application, including receipt of all materials, must be received by the deadlines below to be considered complete. Space is limited, so you are encouraged to apply early.
- Spring Deadline: Apply by November 15 to start January 8
- Summer Deadline: Apply by March 15 to start May 13
- Fall Deadline: Apply by July 15, 2024, to start August 26, 2024
To help you manage the application process, our online application management system will provide you with complete details regarding the required elements of your application portfolio — and will even help you track your progress. You can also save your work and return to complete your application at any time.
Thank you for your interest in applying to this program. Contact an admissions counselor to discuss your educational goals, financial aid options, and application deadlines.
For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.
Students should hold a bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, or mathematics to be considered for admission to the program. Students from other disciplines will be considered based on prior course work (including the entrance requirements for mathematics and programming) and standardized test scores. Students should have earned at least a 3.00 junior/senior GPA (on a 4.00 scale) in their baccalaureate program.
Entrance to Major
Mathematics entrance requirement
Applicants must complete Calculus I equivalent to Penn State's MATH 140 and 1 semester of probability or statistics.
Programming entrance requirement
Applicants must complete two introductory-level programming courses where both courses used the same language. If an applicant believes his/her work experience satisfies the background, he/she should include a recommendation letter from a technical colleague describing the applicant’s coding contributions at work.
What You Need
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:
Official transcripts from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.
GPA — All applicants are expected to have earned a junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
GRE or GMAT — Scores are NOT required for admission.
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.
References (2) — You will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering the names, email addresses, and mailing addresses of two references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each recommender requesting that they complete a brief online recommendation regarding your professional and/or academic strengths and accomplishments, and your potential for success in an online program. The admissions committee prefers that all recommendations be written within the last six months and reference the applicant's current career goals. Please inform your references that they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.
Statement of Purpose — Provide a one-page written statement of intent, highlighting academic background, work experience, skills, strengths, academic interests, and professional goals.
Résumé — Upload your résumé to the online application.
Start Your Application
You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials.
- Choose Enrollment Type: "Degree Admission"
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
Checking Your Status
You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.
Given the scale of data used in the artificial intelligence program and the continuous advances in tools and platforms used in AI/ML, students are urged to check individual course technical requirements vigilantly. At a minimum, students will need a PC that runs Windows 10 or higher with 5GB of RAM and 250GB of free space on the hard drive. Mac OS machines are not compatible for several courses in the program and are not recommended.
Start or Advance Your Career
Start or Advance Your Career
You can use the knowledge gained from this program and the support of Penn State career resources to pursue careers in a variety of fields, depending on your goals.
To learn more about the Master of Professional Studies in Artificial Intelligence, offered in partnership with the Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies please contact:
For general questions about the program:
Dr. Amanda Neill
Email: [email protected]
For general questions about Penn State World Campus:
World Campus Admissions Counselors
Email: [email protected]
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