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Majors & Degrees

Timelines & Requirements (MSAI)

The Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence accepts domestic students in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters and international students in the Fall and Spring semesters. 

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Admission requirements

Requirements to apply

  • A bachelor’s degree in artificial intelligence, computer science, information systems (or a closely related field) from an institution with full regional accreditation for that degree.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).
  • Transcripts that show completion of courses in key areas such as computer programming, artificial intelligence/machine learning, calculus, and statistics.
  • If you don’t have an undergraduate degree in artificial intelligence or computer science (or a closely related field), you may still be accepted, however, you might be required to take foundational courses as part of your formal Plan of Study.
  • International applicants must have a bachelor’s degree that is equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree in the U.S.
  • No GRE scores required.

Application deadlines (domestic students)

Please submit your application by:

  • August 15 for admission for the following Fall semester
  • November 15 for admission for the following Spring semester
  • April 15 for admission for the following Summer semester

Application deadlines (international students)

Please submit your application by:

  • April 15 for admission for the following Fall semester
  • November 1 for admission for the following Spring semester

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Application materials checklist

  • Completed online application
    •  Submit the $35 application fee.

    • After submitting your online application, you can log into your application portal to complete any remaining application documents and check the status of your application.

  • Purpose Statement
    • In 200 to 300 words, share your purpose for choosing this graduate degree and how you feel prepared. Our admissions committee wants to know:
      • Why are you choosing to pursue this degree?
      • What role does this degree program play in your career objectives?
      • What special knowledge, skills, or experiences prepare you to succeed in this program?
    • This is also an opportunity to expand on how you meet the program admission requirements.
  • Official transcripts 
    Official transcripts should show a conferred bachelor's degree. Transcripts with graduate credit can be submitted for credit-transfer consideration. 

    All official trancripts can be submitted to DSU-GraduateAdmissions@dsu.edu.

Additional application requirements for international applicants only

  • English translated transcripts
    Submit your transcripts with English translation. 
  • English proficiency documentation
    For scoring requirements, visit here.

Assistantship application deadline for on-campus/full-time students

Competitive Assistantships are available for this program for full-time, on-campus students only. You can indicate on your application and submit your resume in the application portal if you wish to apply.

  • April 15 – deadline for Fall assistantship applications
  • November 15 – deadline for Spring assistantship applications


How much does the program cost? 
DSU bills tuition per credit hour and the cost varies between online coursework and on-campus coursework. You can review the breakdown of costs per credit here: DSU Tuition Costs

Does this program require the GRE to apply?  
No, DSU does not require a GRE score for graduate program applications.

The GRE is only required if you are applying for a graduate assistantship (outside of athletics). Preferred GRE scores should be around 320 or higher to be considered for an Assistantship. Online Students are not eligible for Assistantship Awards. 

Does DSU require English proficiency scores for international applicants? 
Yes, please visit International Admissions Requirements for more information on English Proficiency requirements and additional application materials required for International Applicants.

How long does the program usually take to complete? 
For part-time students, the program can take 2-3 years to complete (1 class at a time). For full-time students, the program can take 1-1.5 years to complete (2-3 classes at a time).

Are assistantship awards available? 
Yes, Competitive Assistantships are available for full-time on-campus graduate students that are accepted into this program. However, assistantships are limited. GRE scores are required for consideration. Online students are not eligible for Assistantship Awards.

Can the application fee be waived? 
The $35 application fee is required for all programs and cannot be waived per University Policy.

When can I expect to hear if my application has been accepted?
Depending on the program, admission decisions may take up to several weeks after submitting all application materials or after the application deadline. 
You can always refer back to the portal to check on your application status, or if there are any remaining requirements needed: apply.dsu.edu/apply.

Have a question not answered here?
Contact GradOffice@dsu.edu for additional support.

Graduation requirements

Our MSAI program requires a total of 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate. This includes:

  • Successful completion of all courses listed on your MSAI Plan of Study within the five-year time limit.
  • Achievement of a GPA of at least 3.0 (a "B" average), with no more than six credit hours of a "C" grade and no grade below a "C" in the courses on your Plan of Study.
  • Satisfaction of Regental standards for residency, which allow up to nine credits transferred from other universities.
  • 15 credit hours of core courses.
  • 15 credit hours of elective course courses.

Program completion

You can choose to earn your MSAI as a full-time or part-time student. Full-time students can usually complete the program in under two years or five semesters. For part-time students, the completion time depends on the number of credit hours taken per semester.

Please note that you are required to complete the MSAI program within five years of the semester of your first course.

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(605) 256-5799