Course Requirements

The Program of Study must include a minimum of 30 hours of graduate course work and 3 hours of thesis credit (ARTI 7300). Of the 30 hours of course work, at least 15 must consist of courses open only to graduate students.

The following courses must be included on the Program of Study unless specifically waived for a particular student by that student's Advisory Committee and by the Graduate Coordinator:


At least 19 hours must be taken from the following groups. Of the 19 hours, 12 must come from Group A and 6 must come from Group B.



Note: Since not all courses have the same number of credit hours, MSAI students routinely have more than 30 hours of regular coursework. For example, 3 four hour courses + 2 three hour courses + a 3 or 4 hour course for a total of 21 or 22 minimum, plus the 11 required hours above. Other courses may be substituted for those on the SELECT list, provided the subject matter of the course is sufficiently related to artificial intelligence and consistent with the educational objectives of the MS degree program. Substitutions can be made only with the permission of the student's Advisory Committee and the Graduate Coordinator.


Students may under certain special circumstances use up to 6 hours from the following list to apply towards the SELECT group requirement. Permission of the Advisory Committee, Graduate Coordinator, and Course Instructor is required.

  • ARTI 8800 Directed Readings in Artificial Intelligence
  • ARTI 8000 Topics in Artificial Intelligence

Note: It is very rare that a student is able to use the 8800 and 8000 hours to replace SELECT list course hours. Students attempting to use an alternate without prior permission from their Advisory Committee, the Course Instructor, and the Graduate Coordinator run the risk of having to fulfill the non-alternate requirements regardless of their graduation, employment, or other degree program status. The alternate hours are not for extra thesis work hours. They are for special situation independent study with a faculty member on a special AI related topic. The reason an alternate is rare is due to the fact that there are regular courses that can/should be used. Alternates are reserved for only the rarest or most special of cases.


As far as possible, necessary undergraduate courses are to be taken at the beginning of the student's graduate course work.

Attendance requirements

Classes are scheduled for full-time students. There are no special provisions for part-time or off-campus students.

Students are required to attend all meetings of classes for which they are registered. Absence is permitted only in cases of illness or other unforeseen emergency. Students are advised not to take personal vacations while classes are in session. This includes students who are working independently.


The IAI accepts either the manuscript style thesis or the regular research style thesis. With the manuscript style thesis there is a requirement of (at least) two publications in a national level conference or journal. IC-AI, FLAIRS, and IEA-AIE are national level conferences, SE-ACM or IEEE Southesast are not.


Graduate School requirements: Graduate School requirements apply in addition to the above. Exceptions to these requirements may be allowed under certain special circumstances and with appropriate approval of the student's Advisory Committee and Graduate Coordinator. This is exceedingly rare, however.