The Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence (M.S.A.I.) degree program is offered by the interdisciplinary Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Areas of specialization include automated reasoning, cognitive modeling, neural networks, genetic algorithms, expert databases, expert systems, knowledge representation, logic programming, and natural-language processing. Microelectronics and robotics were added in 2000.
Admission is possible in every semester, but Fall admission is preferable. Applicants seeking financial assistance should apply before February 15, but assistantships are sometimes awarded at other times. Applicants must include a completed application form, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores, and a sample of your scholarly writing on any subject (in English). Only the General Test of the GRE is required for the M.S.A.I. program. International students must also submit results of the TOEFL and a statement of financial support. Applications must be completed at least six weeks before the proposed registration date.
No specific undergraduate major is required for admission, but admission is competitive. We are looking for students with a strong preparation in one or more relevant background areas (psychology, philosophy, linguistics, computer science, logic, engineering, or the like), a demonstrated ability to handle all types of academic work (from humanities to mathematics), and an excellent command of written and spoken English.
Program of Study
Requirements for the M.S.A.I. degree include: interdisciplinary foundational courses in computer science, logic, philosophy, psychology, and linguistics; courses and seminars in artificial intelligence programming techniques, computational intelligence, logic and logic programming, natural-language processing, and knowledge-based systems; and a thesis. There is a final examination covering the program of study and a defense of the written thesis.
For further information on course and thesis requirements, please visit the Course & Thesis Requirements page.
The Artificial Intelligence Laboratories serve as focal points for the M.S.A.I. program. AI students have regular access to PCs running current Windows technology, and a wireless network is available for students with laptops and other devices. The Institute also features facilities for robotics experimentation and a microelectronics lab. The University of Georgia libraries began building strong AI and computer science collections long before the inception of these degree programs. Relevant books and journals are located in the Main and Science libraries (the Science library is conveniently located in the same building complex as the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the Computer Science Department). The University's library holdings total more than 3 million volumes.
Graduate assistantships, which include a monthly stipend and remission of tuition, are available. Assistantships require approximately 13-15 hours of work per week and permit the holder to carry a full academic program of graduate work. In addition, graduate assistants pay a matriculation fee and all student fees per semester.
Cost of Study
For an up to date description of Tuition and Fees for both in-state and out-of-state students, please visit the site of the Bursar's Office.
Living and Housing Costs
On-campus housing, including a full range of University-owned married student housing, is available to students. Student fees include use of a campus-wide bus system and some city bus routes. More information regarding housing is available here: University of Georgia Housing.
The University of Georgia has an enrollment of over 34,000, including approximately 8,000 graduate students. Students are enrolled from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Currently, there is a very diverse group of students in the AI program. Women and international students are well represented.
Additional information about the Institute and the MSAI program, including policies for current students, can be found in the AI Student Handbook.