The Institute for Artificial Intelligence offers an undergraduate major and minor in Cognitive Science and a master's degree in Artificial Intelligence. The undergraduate major is the only Cognitive Science undergraduate degree program in the University System of Georgia and one of only a few such programs in the southeastern United States. Furthermore, UGA is to our knowledge one of only two institutions in the United States offering a terminal master's degree in AI (one that is not an incomplete part of a Ph.D. program). The Artificial Intelligence degree stands on its own and prepares you for employment in the software industry or entry to a subsequent Ph.D. program here or elsewhere.
For the AB degree, students take lower-level classes in computer science, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and statistics. At the upper-division level, all majors take certain required courses (including Introduction to Cognitive Science) and then courses in at least two of four concentration areas (Artificial Intelligence Foundations; Philosophical Foundations; Psychological Foundations; and Language and Culture). The master's degree in AI consists of roughly two years of course work in the background and major research areas of AI. Research skills are further developed through an original thesis project. In addition, students have the flexibility to learn about other topics of interest at UGA.
The interdisciplinary degree programs offered by the Institute will introduce students to diverse fields of study, and UGA provides an excellent environment in which to learn. A top-ranking research institution, UGA is proud to have some of the best researchers from around the world. As a student in the Cognitive Science or AI program, you will have the opportunity to work with these leading scholars.
The UGA Advantage (Double Dawgs)
The Institute also participates in two Double Dawg combined undergraduate/graduate programs: Computer Science BS+Artificial Intelligence MS; and Cognitive Science AB+Artificial Intelligence MS. With these, it is possible to earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree within 5 years.