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The Real Deal: UHD’s M.S. in Artificial Intelligence Named ‘Top Pick of the Very Best’


By Marie Jacinto

With all the University of Houston-Downtown “firsts” heralded in recent editions of UHD News, it isn’t surprising that UHD was an early adopter of offering a Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence (MSAI) program.

Artificial intelligence (AI), originally called “machine intelligence” by Alan Turing, is the field of study in computer science that develops and studies intelligent machines called AI and has been around as an academic discipline since 1956. Since then, the field has gone through cycles of optimism and disappointment, with upswings in 2012 when deep learning surpassed all previous AI techniques, and in  2017 with the introduction of the Transformer architecture, leading to the AI boom of the early 2020s. That’s when UHD jumped on board with its master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence.

ai-degree-guide-squareThe program began in fall 2022, and just last month, AI Degree Guide named it a “Top Pick of the Very Best Master’s Programs in Artificial Intelligence.” UHD was listed alongside some of the nation’s top tech and/or research universities, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Johns Hopkins University. TechGuide recently ranked UHD’s program No. 30 in the Best Master’s in Artificial Intelligence Programs for 2024.

“Our MSAI is one of six graduate-level AI programs offered in Texas,” said Dr. Hong Lin, MSAI Director and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Technology. “Our MSAI program came just at the right time when the entire world saw a growing demand for AI professionals.”

UHD’s MSAI program trains graduate students in specific skills for AI applications in the industrial, business, and educational sectors. Demand for AI-skilled employees is especially increasing in such areas as machine learning, game theory, and cybersecurity.  

“Our program is poised to give students an advantage in AI careers by focusing on the skills that companies and firms are seeking, including speech recognition, sign language recognition, and prediction in machine learning,” said Lin. “Our program trains students to apply AI algorithms and models to solve real-world problems, setting them up for success in their chosen career paths.”

Interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence? Email msai@uhd.edu or call 713.223.7972. You can also download and view the MSAI degree sheet at the top right of this page.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.