Stand out from the competition by gaining an edge in your career.

Since businesses across the globe are heavily investing in AI, IT professionals must be prepared to evolve alongside the industry.  As the use of artificial intelligence expands, businesses seek experts with advanced knowledge of AI and its business and technological applications.  

Since artificial intelligence impacts nearly every facet of our lives and the professional world, you need the opportunity to build your the skills to effectively utilize AI technologies in response to workplace demands. Earning your Executive Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence could help you launch a new career or set yourself up for a promotion.

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$77, 030

Average Salary

28%

Industry Growth

100%

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Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

Executive Master's Degree in Artificial Intelligence

If you’re ready to achieve more in the field of artificial intelligence, Cumberlands is here to help you plan your next steps. With the recommended course rotation, a full-time student could complete the program in 12 months (three semesters). By taking part in our hybrid master's in AI program, you’ll develop theories, strategies, and tactics for critical fields, including business intelligence, IT management and leadership, data mining, and information security.

The Executive Master’s in Artificial Intelligence program covers core subjects such as AI in manufacturing, sales and marketing, healthcare, financial services, and risk management; data visualization, machine learning, AI and operations management, and transforming a business with AI, and a one-credit-hour learning project.

Classes are scheduled in two eight-week sessions and 16-week sessions during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Full-time degree candidates typically take one or two classes per bi-term, a total of 6-9 hours per semester.

Course Requirements

  • MSAI 511 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • MSAI 531 Neural Networks and Deep Learning
  • MSAI 532 Natural Language Processing
  • MSAI 544 Application of AI in Healthcare
  • MSAI 578 Data Visualization
  • MSAI 630 Generative AI with Large Language Models
  • MSAI 631 Artificial Intelligence for Human-Computer Interaction
  • MSAI 632 Application of AI in Risk Management (original listed as BADM 566)
  • MSAI 633 Ethics in Artificial Intelligence
  • MSAI 599 Transforming Business with Artificial Intelligence
  • MSAI 699 Capstone (1 hour) or INTR 599 Applied Learning Practicum (1 hour)

**Executive students may take MSAI 699 or INTR 599 as part of their program degree requirements. The Computer and Information Sciences Department, the School of Business, and the Leadership graduate (Masters and Doctorate) executive format programs have an applied learning component (internship/practicum) that is an integral (essential) part of the established curriculum. Due to the applied learning component required for the degree program, executive format students must enroll in INTR every term of enrollment. 

 

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Executive Student Resources

UC's Department of International Graduate Services enjoys providing support resources for our international students. Find tutorials and information regarding offices and policies for the International Graduate Students and programs.

Executive Program Format

Our Executive Programs include hybrid course days designed for international graduate students studying in the U.S., or domestic students seeking a hybrid-format program.  We strive to incorporate professional experience and real-world application of course curriculum into our programs to enhance the learning experience.  Practical Training is an integral part of program coursework and available to all students.  At the University of the Cumberlands our degree programs focus on quality education at an affordable price.

Executive Program students take three (3) courses per semester.  The program semester is based on the existing UC semester calendar, with three (3) annual semesters: fall, spring, and summer.  Two of the courses each semester focus on the specific program content.  Additionally, students will be required to attend an intensive residency weekend as part of their course enrollment each term.  The third class includes an Applied Learning Practicum, in which students apply what they are learning in their other two courses to the real world via work or internship experiences.

Residency FAQs

Residency Session dates are determined by the course that you are registered for. It is very important that you make note of the class you registered for, as well as the designated residency weekend for that course as each course will only meet one weekend for the duration of the semester.

Even though we will only be meeting one weekend per semester, we will have the same number of contact hours with you. This will enable the instructors to make residency weekends much more valuable. This change will allow us to have meaningful projects on residency weekends.

You can view your semester schedule in your self-service portal in your Student Profile. Once you log into your MyUC account, click on Academics, then click on Current Schedule. Your schedule details will indicate the date and location of your residency weekend.

You can find information on the residency site locations on our website.

Yes, all three days are mandatory, and requests to arrive late or leave early will not be approved. Should you not be in attendance for the full session, you will be counted absent for the entire session. Please plan travel accordingly!

Attendance to each executive residency class session is mandatory. Students may make up no more than one (1) residency session throughout the duration of their academic program. Missing a second residency will result in the student being dismissed from the university.

A missed session will result in the student attending a make-up session, and paying a $300 residency make-up fee. In addition, the student may be asked for documentation from the program department providing an explanation as to why the scheduled residency session was missed. Make-up sessions must be completed prior to the end of the term. Noncompliance with this policy will result in dismissal from the executive program.

Make-up residency sessions will be held at our campus in Williamsburg, KY. You will be contacted with the time and dates after your absence is reported. There will only be one (1) residency make-up session offered each semester. Failure to attend all days of the makeup session will result in receiving a failing grade for the course, as well as potential dismissal from the University, and SEVIS termination. 

If you cannot be in attendance for all three days then you will be counted absent for the entire residency weekend and be required to attend the make-up residency and pay the $300 make-up fee.

The Department of International Graduate Services will contact you via your UC student email as registration for the next term approaches. Please remember that you are required to register for (one) main class, (one) online class, and Applied Learning Practicum each semester in order to maintain your F1 status – late registration will not be accepted and can result in the termination of your student status. 

Once you register for a class you will want to make note of the residency weekend that your class is scheduled, as that is the only session for that class that will be scheduled for the semester. You will need to be sure to plan your travel accordingly to ensure that you are in attendance for the full residency session.

Registration is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once a course is full, there will not be additional seats added, as we cannot exceed classroom seating capacity; therefore, it is advised that you register for classes as much in advance as possible. As a reminder, students cannot register for future semesters until their current tuition balance is paid in full.

*Please note all times are in local time zone*

Friday

Facility will open at 4:00 p.m.

Saturday

Facility will open at 7:00 a.m.

Sunday

Facility will open at 7:00 a.m.

We ask that you please take note of the above-mentioned times and schedule your travel accordingly.

*These dates have been set; however, if any changes are made, they will be made prior to registration for that semester. Not all dates are available at each residency location.

Fall 2023 (August 28 – December 15)

  • September 29 – October 1
  • October 6 – 8
  • October 13 – 15
  • October 20 – 22
  • November 3 – 5
  • November 10 – 12
  • November 17 – 19

Spring 2024 (January 8th – April 26th)

  • February 9 – 11
  • February 16 – 18
  • February 23 – 25
  • March 1 – 3
  • March 8 – 10
  • March 15 – 17
  • March 22 – 24
  • April 5 – 7

Summer 2024 (May 6th – August 23rd)

  • May 31 – June 2
  • June 7 – 9
  • June 14 – 16
  • June 21 – 23
  • June 28 – 30
  • July 12 – 14
  • July 19 – 21
  • July 26 – 28
  • August 2 – 4

Fall 2024 (August 26th – December 13th)

  • September 27 – 29
  • October 4 – 6
  • October 11 – 13
  • October 18 – 20
  • October 25 – 27
  • November 1 – 3
  • November 8 – 10
  • November 15 – 17
  • November 22 – 24 
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Mission & Goals

Students in the executive artificial intelligence program will develop skills needed to design, implement, and manage AI systems and solutions in a variety of professional settings.

Develop proficiency in advanced artificial intelligence concepts, develop relevant AI skills, and learn appropriate techniques.
Develop an ethical decision-making framework to guide them in situations that involve ethical considerations.
Develop the practical skills required to integrate artificial intelligence theories and methodologies.
Develop the competency to collaborate effectively and communicate efficiently in diverse team settings.
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Artificial Intelligence Careers & Outcomes

All stats from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Logistics Analyst: $77,030

Logistics Analyst: $77,030

Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain. 

Research Analyst: $82,360

Research Analyst: $82,360

Operations research analysts use mathematics and logic to help solve complex issues. 

Transportation Analyst: $98,560

Transportation Analyst: $98,560

Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations.  

Computer and Information Research Scientist: $131,490

Computer and Information Research Scientist: $131,490

Computer and information research scientists design innovative uses for new and existing computing technology. 

Data Scientist: $100,910

Data Scientist: $100,910

Data scientists use analytical tools and techniques to extract meaningful insights from data.

Database Administrator/Architect: $101,000

Database Administrator/Architect: $101,000

Database administrators and architects create or organize systems to store and secure data.

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Common Questions

A hybrid master’s in artificial intelligence is a graduate degree that builds upon what you learned in your undergraduate in business, computer science, computer engineering, or information technology degree, as well as your personal work experience. It offers the chance to explore a new direction in the field, build career-specific skills, and prepare for potential leadership opportunities.

The fields in which these AI-driven tasks are performed are nearly limitless, and the career possibilities are, too. With an MSAI, you’ll be able to choose from careers like logistics analyst, operations research analyst, computer and information scientist, database administrator/architect, and more! 

 UC’s Executive Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence program will prepare you to: 

  • Conduct sophisticated analyses using the appropriate analytical tools, techniques, and technologies pertinent to the functional areas of business 
  • Apply research-based strategies that integrate theory and practical applications across functional areas in the context of overall business operations 
  • Use ethical reasoning skills and behavior standards to ethical issues in the application of artificial intelligence in businesses and organizations 
  • Work in a team environment and effectively communicate recommendations of applying artificial intelligence across the functional areas of business guided by high professional standards 

Yes. University of the Cumberlands programs are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Learn more about accreditation

Pursuing an advanced degree is an investment in your future, and earning a master’s degree in AI from University of the Cumberlands may be worthwhile for a number of reasons:  

You could prepare for leadership opportunities. Many organizations prefer to hire business managers who hold a graduate degree. These career paths may become increasingly complex as businesses increasingly rely on artificial intelligence for daily routine tasks. Earning a master’s could help you prepare for both current and future, unforeseen challenges and opportunities in artificial intelligence.  

You could boost your earnings and job security. Master’s degree-holders earned a median annual salary of nearly $13,000 more than bachelor’s degree-holders in 2019. In addition, those with a master’s degree had an unemployment rate of just 2 percent, compared to 3 percent for the working population overall.    

Earning a master’s doesn’t have to put your career on pause. The master’s in AI at University of the Cumberlands is designed for working adults. Offered in a variety of modalities, you can study in a flexible format, enhance your skillset, and prepare for new professional challenges—all while keeping your current job. 

A group of Graduate students entering during the processional at Commencement.

Executive Program Admission Requirements

All students in our executive programs are required to meet a standard set of admissions requirements for graduate students.

Faculty Experts

Learn more about the professors you will interact with. 

Dr. Raed Sbeit

Dr. Raed Sbeit

Associate Professor
School of Computer Information Sciences
Information Systems Security

Dr. Raed Sbeit

Contact Information

raed.sbeit [at] ucumberlands.edu
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