New Master’s In Artificial Intelligence Program Addresses Growing Needs Of Industries
By Mark Kramer
New worlds of learning are once again taking shape at the University of Houston-Downtown’s College of Sciences & Technology, including the new Master’s of Science in Artificial Intelligence (MSAI) program.
UHD is one of only six graduate level AI programs offered in Texas. Registration for the program is now open for the Fall Semester and will offer a combination of hybrid, face-to-face and online courses.
“More companies are seeking automation and AI-based decision-making approaches in their businesses,” said Dr. Hong Lin, MSAI Director and Professor of Computer Science. “The demands for AI skilled employees are growing rapidly, and our new program will give our students a prime opportunity to share their knowledge and talents in a number of thriving industries and markets.”
Lin also noted that the MSAI program will train graduate students in AI-specific skills for industries such as automotive and supply chain, along with gaming, finance, military, and data security.
According to Lin, the National Science Foundation reported that for companies to remain competitive they must become AI-competent industries to be successful and experience future growth. Additionally, the World Economic Forum noted that AI jobs are among the fastest growing professions over the past three years.
To that end, the University’s MSAI program is poised to offer students an advantage in AI careers by focusing on some of the skills that companies, and firms are seeking, including speech recognition, sign language recognition, and prediction in machine learning. “Our program will train students to apply AI algorithms and models to solve real-world problems,” said, Dvijesh Shastri, Assistant Chair of Computer Science and Engineering Technology.
Lin also noted that the 30-credit hour graduate program is designed with flexibility to meet the needs of students.
“When we were creating this program, we looked at the growth of AI occurring in industry and we also surveyed our MSDA (Master of Data Science) students to get their insights and feedback,” he said. “Our program is affordable and flexible for those students who are working and have busy schedules. We want to give them every opportunity to succeed.”
Prospective students who are interested in the program are encouraged to attend an upcoming Virtual Information Session on Wednesday, April 6. For more information on admissions and program degree requirements, visit the MSAI website.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second-largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).
For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.