Master's Degree Program Details
Programs of Study
The Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence (M.S.A.I.) degree program is offered by the interdisciplinary Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Areas of specialization include automated reasoning, cognitive modeling, neural networks, genetic algorithms, expert databases, expert systems, knowledge representation, logic programming, and natural-language processing. Most recently added in January 2000 to the areas of specialization are microelectronics and robotics. Requirements for the M.S.A.I. degree include interdisciplinary foundational courses in computer science, logic, philosophy, psychology, and linguistics; courses and seminars in artificial intelligence programming techniques, computational intelligence, logic and logic programming, natural-language processing, and knowledge-based systems; and a thesis. There is a final examination covering the program of study and a defense of the thesis for the M.S.A.I. degree program. For the M.S.A.I. program, no specific undergraduate major is required for admission. However, an interdisciplinary background including courses in computer science, logic, psychology, linguistics, and philosophy is preferred.
The Artificial Intelligence Laboratories serve as focal points for the M.S.A.I. program. AI students have regular access to Pentium 4 PCs running current Windows technology. The Institute for AI also features facilities for robotics experimentation and a microelectronics lab. The AI Laboratories also house a photographic scanner and two color printers. For student laptops and robots, a wireless network with three access points is available. There are other wireless networks elsewhere on campus and in downtown Athens; it is easy to set up your laptop to access all of them. The University of Georgia libraries began building strong AI and computer science collections long before the inception of these degree programs. Relevant books and journals are located in the Main and Science libraries (the Science library is conveniently located in the same building complex as the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the computer science offices). The University's library holdings total more than 3 million volumes.
Graduate assistantships are available. Stipends are currently approximately $1,137.00 per month which is around $5,685.00 a semester, depending on qualifications, for the nine-month academic period. Assistantships require approximately 13 hours of work per week and permit the holder to carry a full academic program of graduate work. In addition graduate assistants pay a small matriculation fee and all student fees per semester.
Cost of Study
The cost for a year of study at UGA for in-state residents is approximately $2,829.00 a semester. The cost of study for a year for out-of-state students or international students is approximately $10,389.00 a semester. For a more up to date cost of study please visit here.
Living and Housing Costs
On-campus housing is available for about $2,000 per semester. A full range of University-owned married student housing is offered for approximately $450-$700 a month, depending on the size and type. Student fees include use of a campus-wide bus system and some city bus routes. More information regarding housing is available here: University of Georgia Housing.
The University of Georgia has an enrollment of about 33,500 including 8,400 graduate students. Students are enrolled from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Currently, there is a very diverse group of students in the AI program. Women and international students are well represented. About one third of these students receive financial support.
The University and The Programs
In 1785, Georgia became the first state to charter a state university. The University opened in 1801 and is now the hub of a statewide university system. The interdisciplinary Artificial Intelligence Program was established in 1986. It is built upon strong graduate programs in the cognate areas of computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology.
Admission is possible in every semester. Fall admission is preferable. Applicants seeking financial assistance should apply before February 15, but assistantships are sometimes awarded at other times. Applicants must include a completed application form, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and Graduate Record Examinations scores and a sample of your scholarly writing on any subject, in English. Only the General Test of the GRE is required for the M.S.A.I. program. International students must also submit results of the TOEFL and a statement of financial support. Applications must be completed at least six weeks before the proposed registration date. For more information regarding applications check out the MS Program Admissions page.