May 23, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Artificial Intelligence, MS

MS in Artificial Intelligence program provides students with a state-of-the-art educational experience to become outstanding, socially responsible engineers of AI systems. Students will learn the theoretical foundations and gain practical skills to manage and engineer various data forms, to make predictive analyses, to derive actionable insights, and develop intelligent hardware and software systems and related cutting-edge AI technologies. The program will draw on insights from mathematics, statistical analysis, computer science, software engineering, and systems engineering and is, therefore, best suited for students with software/computer engineering, computer science, mathematics, and closely related backgrounds.

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Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify and apply fundamental concepts, algorithms, and methodologies to formulate, analyze, design, and evaluate artificial intelligence and machine learning systems;
  2. Tackle complex machine learning and artificial intelligence problems using contemporary principles, algorithms, technologies, methodologies, and tools;
  3. Lead and participate in a team to develop AI and machine learning applications;
  4. Recognize the ethical, economic and environmental implications of their work, as appropriate;
  5. Sustain a process of life-long learning in engineering or other professional areas; and,
  6. Communicate effectively and persuasively with a variety of audiences.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must meet all university admission requirements . Applicants can be admitted in either classified or conditionally classified standing. If an applicant’s preparation for advanced graduate work is considered inadequate to meet the course prerequisites or other departmental requirements, the conditions will include taking preparatory courses to meet these requirements. These courses will not count as part of the master’s degree program requirements.

For acceptance by the Department of Computer Engineering , the applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Undergraduate degree in math, physics, computer science, engineering, or a closely related field, equivalent to a four-year U.S. undergraduate baccalaureate degree, with demonstrated college-level courses in programming, data structures, algorithm design, three-semester sequence of calculus, linear algebra and statistics.
  2. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. If undergraduate program is not ABET accredited, GRE is required with minimum GRE q+v of 294 and GRE AWA of 3.0. GRE q+v minimum higher than 294 may be required for successful admission depending on the number of applicants.
  4. International applicants must meet SJSU’s minimum requirements on English-language proficiency tests.

Advancement to Candidacy

Students may advance to candidacy  after completing all admission conditions and all prerequisites for the culminating experience including the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) .

Requirements for Graduation

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, GPA, and culminating experience requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements  section of the Graduate Policies & Procedures .

Master’s Requirements (33 units)

Graduate Writing Requirement (3 units)

Students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) .

Culminating Experience (6 units)

All students must complete one of the following culminating experiences: thesis or project. Theses and projects are completed under the supervision of an advisor.

Plan A (Thesis)

A master’s thesis includes original research on a topic approved by the thesis committee and must meet university requirements as stipulated in this catalog and in the SJSU Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Guidelines. It undergoes a thorough review and revision process under the guidance of the candidate’s thesis committee chair with the assistance of the thesis committee.

Plan B (Project)

A master’s project is a research or development effort performed by a student individually on a topic chosen by mutual agreement between an advisor and the student. The choice of project topic is also approved by the Graduate Advisor. The individual student projects could be distinct components of a larger integrated project performed by a team of students. At the end of CMPE 295B , a project report is submitted for department review, and students present their project work in a department project exposition.