Prospective Students

Welcome, prospective students! In 1984 interested researchers at the University of Georgia formed the Artificial Intelligence Research Group. The program has grown by leaps and bounds since then, and it is still growing today. It was officially established as the Artificial Intelligence Center in 1995, which became part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences in 2006. The AI Center became the Institute for Artificial Intelligence in 2008.

Two degrees are offered through the Institute for AI. One is the undergraduate major in Cognitive Science. The other is the master's degree in Artificial Intelligence, a two-year interdisciplinary program. As far as we know, this is the only place in the United States you can get a terminal master's degree in artificial intelligence (one that is not an incomplete part of a Ph.D. program). This degree stands on its own and prepares you for employment in the software industry or entry to a subsequent Ph.D. program here or elsewhere.

The master's degree in AI program consists of two years of course work in the background and major research areas of AI. Research skills are then further developed through an original thesis project. Details of the program can be found at the M.S.A.I. Program Details Page. It includes a comprehensive study of AI, with strengths on logic programming, expert systems, neural networks, genetic algorithms, and natural language processing. Along with these major research areas, students also have the flexibility to learn about other topics of interest at UGA. The interdisciplinary nature of AI will introduce students to diverse fields of study, and UGA is the perfect place to learn. As a top-ranking research institution, UGA is proud to have some of the best researchers from around the world. As a student in the AI program you will have the opportunity to work with these leading scholars.

Over the years the IAI has received funding for research from the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture, GlaxoSmithKline Research & Development Ltd., the Georgia Research Alliance, Centro Internacional por Agricultura Tropical, Clemson University, Medical College of Georgia, and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. Currently IAI faculty and students are working with a variety of academic and industrial institutions on exciting research projects.

Admission is competitive. We are looking for students with a strong preparation in a relevant background area (psychology, philosophy, linguistics, computer science, engineering, or the like), a demonstrated ability to handle all types of academic work (from humanities to mathematics), and an excellent command of written and spoken English.

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