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Artificial intelligence means real career growth

The metaverse. The “internet of things.” Augmented reality. Automation. Driverless cars. Robotics. Enhanced security and modeling. These are just a few of the innovations, technologies, and trends in which companies are investing as they prepare for a more tech-forward future. And they’re all powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and related tools and concepts.

There are boundless opportunities to discover in AI. In fact, LinkedIn listed AI practitioners among its top 15 “Jobs on the Rise” for 2021.* Yet even as this field is set to expand dramatically, experts project a shortage of qualified AI professionals and practitioners — a talent gap that some firms worry could potentially slow innovation and lead to other unexpected issues.** Businesses and organizations operating in the field need brave AI practitioners and experts to step up and take the lead.

With your 100% online Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence from Maryville University, you can help meet that need as you prepare to thrive in the future of AI. Maryville is a leader in tech-forward, future-focused education, and we’re here to help you learn the concepts and techniques to develop and operate state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and machine learning tools, apply critical thinking and leadership skills, and help build a more technologically advanced world.

*LinkedIn, “LinkedIn Jobs on the Rise: 15 opportunities that are in demand and hiring now”

**The Hill, “The reality of America’s AI talent shortages”

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Apply with no GRE or application fee and choose from 3 start dates.

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Benefit from transfer credit friendly admission.

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Access 100% online coursework with no campus visits required.

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Take your degree further with 2 built-in professional certificates.

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Complete your master’s in AI in as few as 2 years.

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Learn to use in-demand tools like R, Python, C++, Amazon Web Services, and Google Colaboratory.

Why earn your online MS in Artificial Intelligence?

The International Data Corporation projected the global market for AI solutions to grow 18.8% in 2022 and to break half a trillion dollars by 2024.* With your online master’s in AI, you can learn the state-of-the-art skills to navigate the wealth of opportunity in this growing field — and to thrive in it.

Our 100% online Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence is designed to help you build proficiency in crucial areas like ethics of AI, problem-solving, machine learning, computer programming, natural language processing, robotics, machine vision, and implementing AI in society and business. Best of all, the online format means you can earn your master’s on your schedule, wherever it’s convenient for you.

Whether you’re looking to build on your existing skills and knowledge or change careers entirely, our program can help you learn what you need to find a career in this booming field — or to advance in your current career and prepare for leadership. We welcome students from all academic backgrounds, especially those with experience in areas like business, computer science, data science, machine learning, and software development.

*International Data Corporation, “Worldwide Semiannual Artificial Intelligence Tracker”

Not quite ready for a full master’s degree? We’ve got you covered.

We understand everyone has a different path, and your educational and professional needs are unique to you. That’s why we offer multiple ways to build your skills in artificial intelligence.

If you’re not ready to pursue your master’s in AI, we offer stand-alone versions of both AI certificates included in the master’s degree program. These for-credit certificates at the post-bachelor’s level can help you develop the proficiency you need to advance your career and meet your professional goals.

Choose the certificate that best fits your needs:

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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence

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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Advanced Artificial Intelligence (Coming in fall 2023)

If you choose to complete both the Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Artificial Intelligence certificate programs, you can apply your progress toward a future online master’s in AI, which you can complete in just two additional classes (six credit hours).

Flexible, affordable, and highly personalized

Study on your schedule. Access 100% online coursework with no campus visits required.

Learn from leaders in artificial intelligence. Engage with dedicated expert faculty who help connect the curriculum and their experience to actual industry scenarios.

Benefit from streamlined admission. Apply with no entrance exams or fees and choose from 3 start dates.

Personalize your education. Round out your degree with a robust list of electives that support your specific career goals and interests.

Gain real-world experience. Complete project-based coursework that explores practical challenges and issues in a collaborative and supportive learning environment.

Maryville is transfer credit friendly. Transfer up to six graduate-level credits, or apply up to 12 qualifying credits previously completed at Maryville. If you earned one or both AI certificates at Maryville, all credits are transferrable to your master’s.

What are some of the top trends in artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence is a relatively new field, but employers, tech developers, and innovators already see how transformative it can be. As AI evolves and grows over the next few years, here are some industry trends that your master’s in AI from Maryville Online can help you anticipate and address:

Investment in AIGrowing interest and investment in AI from businesses in many sectors

Metaverse iconDevelopment in virtual and augmented reality spaces, including the metaverse

AI cyber measuresEnhanced focus on AI in cybersecurity measures

AI droneFocus on AI-controlled technology like robotics, drones, and driverless vehicles

Ethical AIEmphasis on ethical implementation and use of AI and data

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Voice and language as focal points for AI

AI professionalsAddressing the impending talent shortage of AI professionals

What can you do with an online artificial intelligence degree?

Artificial intelligence is a potentially world-changing technology that has applications in nearly every industry. As business, commerce, entertainment, media, and interaction increasingly take advantage of the digital space, artificial intelligence and related concepts and technologies will help optimize the user experience, enhance productivity and profit potential, and push the boundaries of what we can achieve.

We designed our online AI master’s program to prepare you to benefit from endless opportunities available in this growing and evolving field. With your online AI degree, you can:

  • Learn the skills to become a practitioner of cutting-edge techniques and technologies relating to artificial intelligence and data science.
  • Understand and explore applications of artificial intelligence and other disciplines across many industries and businesses.
  • Develop independent learning and research skills to support a love of lifelong learning.
  • Become a responsible steward of data and ethical artificial intelligence practitioners.

Top careers in artificial intelligence:

  • AI analyst
  • AI data scientist
  • AI developer
  • AI engineer
  • AI interaction designer
  • AI solutions architect
  • Computer and information research scientist
  • Cloud solutions engineer
  • Data analyst/curator/engineer
  • Digital knowledge manager
  • Intelligence designer
  • Machine learning engineer/data scientist
  • Natural language processing (NLP) specialist
  • Robotics analyst/engineer

You can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Communication and data firms
  • Government agencies
  • Financial companies and firms
  • Insurance agencies
  • Large corporations
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Security companies
  • Small businesses
  • Technology firms

What’s the market outlook for MS in Artificial Intelligence graduates?

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Companies are investing heavily in AI.

Businesses worldwide invested some $342 billion in artificial intelligence solutions in 2021, a growth of 15% from the year before. And the industry continues to expand: That number is projected to reach half a trillion dollars by 2024.*

The investment is a wide-reaching and worthwhile one. In 2021, about 74% of businesses surveyed by machine intelligence company Appen said they had invested at least $500,000 in some kind of machine learning or AI technology, representing a 55% increase in AI spending from the year before.** In 2020, about two-thirds of businesses that used AI saw increases in revenue directly related to their efforts, with particular success in areas of operation such as marketing and sales, strategy and corporate finance, and supply chain management. †

*International Data Corporation, “Worldwide Semiannual Artificial Intelligence Tracker”

**Appen, “The State of AI and Machine Learning”

†McKinsey & Company, “The State of AI in 2020”

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AI professionals are in demand.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that STEM-related careers will grow at twice the average pace for all occupations between 2019 and 2029, owing in part to an increased investment in technologies like AI and machine learning. Yet there stands to be a shortage of qualified professionals in the field, which could hamper innovation and even pose risks to cybersecurity and national security.*

There are plenty of lucrative opportunities in AI. At Maryville, our goal is to help you prepare for state-of-the-art careers in quickly developing fields like AI — and for careers that don’t even exist yet. While salaries vary depending on location and experience, your Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence can help you qualify for financially rewarding jobs like AI analyst ($108,777)**, AI engineer ($164,769)**, natural language processor ($123,974)**, and computer and information research scientist ($126,830)†.

*The Hill, “The reality of America’s AI talent shortages”

**Mean salary based on data compiled by for 2022.

†Median salary based on data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2020.

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It’s about more than technology.

AI can be a financially rewarding and technologically fascinating career, but modern professionals in the field might find it to be emotionally rewarding as well. Areas like security, healthcare, and even environmental sustainability stand to be big areas of growth for AI in the coming years, meaning you can effect positive change as you pursue an exciting and future-focused career. In fact, the UN reports that about 93% of its stated environmental goals can be impacted by or achieved using artificial intelligence.*

Increasingly, businesses and organizations are focusing on ethical uses and implementations of AI technology, and it’s projected that as soon as 2023, responsible use of AI will be a requirement for most relevant careers.** At Maryville, we designed our program with these trends in mind, so you’ll have the chance to study responsible practices and ethical use of this powerful technology.

*, “Can AI Help Achieve Environmental Sustainability?”

**Gartner, “Gartner Identifies Four Trends Driving Near-Term Artificial Intelligence Innovation”

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Why choose Maryville University’s online artificial intelligence degree?

We understand that the best way to learn is by doing, so we designed our online artificial intelligence master’s degree to give you the opportunity to complete practical, project-based coursework that is highly relevant to top trends and concepts in AI. Our program focuses on areas of personal, professional, and educational development like technical expertise, problem-solving, and implementing AI in society.

Here, you can learn to use modern, industry-standard tools and programming languages like R, Python, C++, and cloud computing services like Amazon Web Services and Google Colaboratory to build, control, and monitor AI tools and resources.

At Maryville University, we know you’re brave, and we’ve got your back. We’re here for you from application through graduation — and beyond. We believe student outcomes are the only true measurement of a university’s success, so we’re focused on being in your corner to ensure you get what you need to maximize your educational experience and your career potential. We do it because it works:

98% of our online master’s graduates report positive career outcomes within six months of graduation.

With Maryville Online’s AI master’s degree, you can:

Select electives that support your unique goals and interests in artificial intelligence, data science, software development, and computer science.

Build your advanced skill set and prepare for careers in AI through a real-world, project-based curriculum.

Earn two professional certificates that show understanding of the fundamental and advanced concepts in AI.

Benefit from a dedicated student support advisor from application through graduation.

Additionally, you’ll access your coursework through Canvas, our intuitive, easy-to-use online learning platform, with technical support available 24/7. As you build your skills in artificial intelligence, you can easily connect with classmates, colleagues, and professors at your convenience through discussion boards, emails, and other collaborative environments.

Maryville University was founded in 1872 and has been dedicated to providing accessible, top-quality education ever since. We have a demonstrated, 150-year history of service to and care for our students, and we judge our success by yours. We’re proud of our reputation for quality academics and affordability, because it demonstrates our devotion to meeting the highest possible standards in data science education.

We’re continually recognized for excellence:

Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Forbes America's Top Colleges
Kiplinger Best College Values
Money's Best Colleges

Connect to industry-leading experts in artificial intelligence and data science

Robbie Beane, PhD

Robbie Beane, PhD

Director of Computer Science, Assistant Professor of Data Science

Dr. Robbie Beane is passionate about computer and data science education and exploring the applications of technology within his teaching practice. As a director and educator in our computer science programs, including the Master of Science in AI, he finds innovative ways to introduce students to new technological skills and to enhance the student experience by implementing cutting-edge technology into the courses he teaches.

His recent work in computer science includes an exploration of the use of commercial cloud-computing services such as Amazon Web Services and Databricks within an educational setting.

Dr. Beane holds a PhD in Mathematics from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Throughout his nearly two decades of teaching experience, he has taught and developed courses in actuarial science, mathematics, data science, and computer science, covering topics like computer programming, machine learning, deep learning, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and probability theory.

When you earn your online Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence from Maryville University, you can explore a booming field with passionate industry professionals like Dr. Beane who use their knowledge and real-world expertise to enhance your educational experience.

Online Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence curriculum

At Maryville, we believe learners can achieve the best educational outcomes through hands-on experience and practical application of their skills. We developed our online Master of Science in AI program with a focus on real-world, project-based learning and input from employers in the field. Our curriculum is experiential and relevant to the modern AI landscape, so you can build high-level proficiency to thrive in this growing industry.

Our program comprises 33 credit hours, and it covers topics meant to help you build your graduate-level foundations in AI and establish advanced knowledge in the field. Learners who take two classes per semester can finish this program in about two years or less. You can get full details by visiting our curriculum page.

Coursework includes the required artificial intelligence core classes (24 credits, including a capstone project) and industry-relevant electives (9 credits). Here’s what you can expect to cover.

Required AI Core

Expand your fundamental and high-level understanding of artificial intelligence with coursework that focuses on tech-forward, in-demand areas like Python programming, machine learning, mathematics of AI, deep learning, and ethics of AI.

Capstone Project

The core curriculum ends with a capstone project that allows learners to synthesize their coursework with a realistic, practical environment. Students undergo a real-world artificial intelligence project that involves researching issues in AI, gathering data, and implementing proper solutions.

Artificial Intelligence Electives

What are your specific career goals? You can fine-tune your artificial intelligence master’s degree to fit your needs with your choice of three electives that cover wide-ranging areas like robotics, text mining, image processing, and data structures.

Get a head start on your online artificial intelligence degree with Early Access

Want to finish your online master’s in artificial intelligence more quickly? If you’re a current Maryville undergraduate student, we’ve got you covered.

If you have a GPA of 3.6 or better and you’ve completed 60 credit hours or more, with at least 30 at Maryville, you may be eligible to get a head start on your MS in Artificial Intelligence through our Early Access program.

During the last few semesters of your undergraduate degree, the Early Access program allows you to earn up to 12 credit hours that count toward your bachelor’s degree and a future master’s degree. Then, you can complete the remaining 21 credits required for your master’s degree in just one year.

To learn more about Early Access, or to find out if you’re eligible, schedule an appointment to chat with your academic advisor.

Learn more about the online master’s in artificial intelligence at Maryville University.