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5 top-ranked AI programs in higher ed


AI is predicted to be a critical career field, and it also holds promise for higher ed itself

Artificial intelligence has morphed from a sci-fi movie hypothetical to a field with real potential and impact in different industries, prompting many research institutions to offer AI concentrations–or even full degrees.

AI studies offers what many experts say is a secure future in career paths from video game design and software engineering to robotics programming and military specializations.

In fact, it is now so widespread that several groups rank AI degree programs and paths of study. In addition to its general university ranking, U.S. News also ranks schools by specific programs, including top AI programs. The ranking methodology notes that the field is evolving and will require broad training, and courses will span engineering, computer science, and other related areas.

According to U.S. News, AI program ranking, the following schools are top of the list:

1. Carnegie Mellon University: The university claims it is the first in the U.S. to begin offering an undergraduate degree in AI. Andrew Moore, dean of the School of Computer Science, says “specialists in artificial intelligence have never been more important, in shorter supply or in greater demand by employers.” The bachelor’s degree in AI will focus more on how complex inputs, such as vision, language and huge databases, are used to make decisions or enhance human capabilities.

Laura Ascione