Iowa State launches first AI graduate program in the state

Starting this fall, Iowa State University will offer a new two-year Master of Science degree program in artificial intelligence administered through the computer science department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Iowa State’s AI program will target graduate-level students who are interested in learning basic AI and machine-learning techniques. The curriculum will consist of core classes in both those areas as well as knowledge representation and reasoning; search and planning; computer vision and perception; natural language processing and robotics.

“The courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge and core skills needed to apply AI and machine learning techniques to address a wide range of practical problems,” said Hridesh Rajan, Kingland Professor of Data Analytics & computer science department chair, in an announcement.

No other Iowa colleges or universities currently offer an AI graduate program. Rajan says that Iowa State’s new program will draw students to the university from all corners of the globe.

“We believe this new program will attract new students to Iowa State. For instance, during a recent international university visit, we had several inquiries about whether we have an AI master’s of science degree.”

More information about Iowa State’s AI graduate program and the full curriculum for the program is available online at