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Education

Academic Program Offerings

Northwestern seeks to educate students in the theory, practice, and impact of AI through curriculum available to learners at many levels, from undergraduates to multiple graduate programs, as well as executive and professional education.

Departments

Computer Science department

Computer Science Department

Housed within the McCormick School of Engineering, the Computer Science Department serves as a home and partner for many AI-focused and -related programs throughout the University. Computer Science offers undergraduate majors and minors, as well as graduate degree programs.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Housed within the McCormick School of Engineering, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department conducts groundbreaking research and prepares the next generation of engineers to address global challenges. Areas of focus include computational imaging, computer architecture, embedded systems, information theory, machine learning and signal processing, physical electronics, photonics, quantum devices, VLSI, and wireless communication.

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Undergraduate Study

Majors and Minors

Cognitive Science Program

Cognitive Science Program

Housed within the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, the Cognitive Science Program offers an undergraduate major and minor, as well as a concentration in AI.

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Minor in Data Science

Minor in Data Science

Housed within the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Statistics offers an undergraduate minor in data science.
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Graduate Study

Master's Degree, PhD, and Certificate Programs

Master of Science in Analytics Program

Master of Science in Analytics Program

Offered by the McCormick School of Engineering, this program combines mathematical and statistical study with instruction in advanced computational and data analysis. Students study predictive, descriptive, and prescriptive analytics to learn to identify patterns and trends, interpret and gain insight from vast quantities of structured and unstructured data, and communicate their findings in practical, useful terms.

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Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence

Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence

Offered by the McCormick School of Engineering, this program immerses students in a comprehensive and applied curriculum that not only explores AI technologies, but also focuses on the creation of systems that function well when embedded in human workflows in order to transform the industries they serve.

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Master of Science in Data Science

Master of Science in Data Science

Offered by the School of Professional Studies, this graduate professional program offers a specialization in AI.

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Master of Science in Information Systems

Master of Science in Information Systems

Offered by the School of Professional Studies, this graduate professional program offers a specialization in AI.

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Master of Science in Robotics

Master of Science in Robotics

Offered by the McCormick School of Engineering, this program features a combination of traditional and project-based courses in areas such as automatic control, kinematics and dynamics, machine learning, human-machine interfaces, neuroscience, prosthetics, and more.

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The MBAi Program

The MBAi Program

This joint master’s degree program offered by the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering offers a unique, blended approach to the teaching of business innovation and the complex technologies that drive it forward. Unlike other programs, the MBAi Program integrates both business strategy and analytic technologies throughout the curriculum to deepen understanding of the interdependent relationship and dialogue that exists between these disciplines.

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Technology and Social Behavior PhD Program

Technology and Social Behavior PhD Program

Offered through a collaboration of the McCormick School of Engineering and the School of Communication, this joint PhD program in Computer Science and Communication draws on Northwestern's strong support for interdisciplinary research and attracts students who are eager for academic experiences that cross traditional departmental boundaries.

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Executive and Professional Education

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence

Offered by the School of Professional Studies, the Artificial Intelligence Certificate Program prepares students to build and run analytical models and neural networks, apply natural language processing techniques; process image data, and utilize automated systems for robotics applications focusing on reinforcement learning and training robots to mimic human behavior.

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Executive Education: Artificial Intelligence: Strategies for Leading Business Transformation

Executive Education: Artificial Intelligence: Strategies for Leading Business Transformation

Offered by the Kellogg School of Management, this program stretches students’ thinking and broadens their perspectives with a practical, behind-the-scenes look at how established companies—as well as start-ups—are putting AI to work to disrupt industries and gain a competitive edge.

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Executive Education: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Innovation and Organizational Performance

Offered by the Kellogg School of Management and featuring faculty from Kellogg, McCormick and the School of Communications, this program’s intuitive AI IQ approach equips leaders with knowledge of AI’s power for enhancing a business’ levels of innovation and market leadership, speaking insightfully on AI’s impact on work and strategy, and gaining tools for pioneering or leading AI initiatives.

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Executive Education: Leading with Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Offered by the Kellogg School of Management, this program is designed to help senior leaders effectively manage and seize opportunities in the new environment of advanced analytics. Participants will gain a working knowledge of data science, enabling them to identify the challenges that analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence can solve. It will also help them make the most effective investments in people, data, systems, culture and organizational structure. 

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AI Graduate Student Group

Building an AI community across Northwestern

Northwestern graduate students have a broad range of technical skills and research interests. The AI Graduate Student Group seeks to connect AI enthusiasts across the campus to realize opportunities for collaboration and build community among graduate students. Our group is not limited to computer scientists, rather our members range across many disciplines and schools. So if you are an active AI researcher or just interested in learning more about AI, please submit the form to join our community!

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