Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence

Program Overview

This master's degree in artificial intelligence prepares professionals and recent graduates with technical or mathematical training for a leadership role in AI. You’ll study with experts who are driving innovation across industries and hold an optional paid co-op or internship with one of the Roux Institute's 200+ industry partners.

Be a part of the center of AI activity in Maine by participating in EAI (The Institute for Experiential AI), located on campus, as well as initiatives such as Blue WAIve, AI4 Climate and Sustainability, custom learning in AI, and annual State of AI in Maine.

All Roux Institute programs provide content relevant to the urgent and emerging needs of industry in Maine and the rapidly evolving regional, national, and global economy. Opportunities for experiential learning will be concentrated in Portland, the state of Maine, and the Northeast region. Students are encouraged to pursue co-ops and special virtual Experiential Network projects with the institute’s founding corporate partners, a group of leading employers in Maine.

  • Portland


  • Full-Time


  • 2-2.5 years

    Duration of Program

Unique Features

  • AI masters degree with opportunities for paid, full-time co-ops or internships with Roux Institute industry partner organizations: L.L.Bean, WEX, Maine Health, and more.
  • Leverage the network of an R1 institution in AI, a key area of study for Khoury College, including the Institute for Experiential AI, AI Ethics Advisory Board, the World Economic Forum’s Global AI Action Alliance, and more.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in technical, interdisciplinary, and ethical aspects of AI.
  • Clear career pathways for aspiring AI specialists, AI strategists/consultants, and AI researchers/doctoral candidates.
  • The program is delivered through a hybrid model of online and on-site learning.

Program Objectives

Lead life-changing developments in artificial intelligence:

  • Go beyond learning AI as a tool—understand applications and impact through an interdisciplinary lens across fields like law, cybersecurity, environment, healthcare, business, finance, and more.
  • Develop advanced skills in algorithms, data science, robotics, and machine learning.
  • Build experience and connections at an institutional leader in human-centric and responsible AI.
  • Choose an academic track that matches your career goals, whether you aim to become a specialist, researcher, or consultant.
  • Hold an optional, paid, full-time co-op or internship with a partner company or within your current organization during your program.

Career Outlook

There is a huge demand for AI professionals with graduate degrees:

  • AI will create 97 million new jobs by 2025 (Source: Future of Jobs Report 2020 by World Economic Forum).
  • The field of artificial intelligence specialist hiring has grown 74% in the last four years (Forbes, 2020).
  • More than 50% of engineering positions were in robotics engineering (Forbes, 2020).
  • Artificial intelligence salaries in the United States are over two times higher than the national average salary (USBLS, 2022).
  • Roux Institute industry partners have growing demand for artificial intelligence, while our education model provides a talent pipeline, opening doors to career opportunities.

Scholarships and aid



Estimated Total Tuition

This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2023-2024 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time. For more detailed information, please visit Student Financial Services.

Generous scholarships

The Roux Institute is currently offering generous scholarships to meet the financial needs of all students through its Alfond Scholars Initiative. Each award is determined by an individual assessment. And Northeastern alumni receive a Double Husky Scholarship —a tuition discount of 25 percent.

Learn more about the Alfond Scholars Initiative

Corporate tuition benefits

Many employers subsidize education for their employees. Speak with yours about any tuition benefits your company may offer.

Special military scholarships

For military veterans and servicemembers, a limited number of donor-funded scholarships are available even after all other aid has been awarded to help with commuting costs, childcare, and other costs of living.

Learn more about military scholarships

Federal aid

You can apply for federal aid grants and loans through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

Learn about the FAFSA

Admission Requirements

  • Online application and application fee
  • PDF or scanned copies of unofficial undergraduate transcripts; you can submit official transcripts from colleges/universities attended at the time of admission
  • Statement of purpose that should include career goals and expected outcomes and benefits from the program
  • Recent professional resumé listing detailed position responsibilities
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GPA minimums: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, 8.0 on a 10.0 scale, or 80 on a 100 scale
  • Official TOEFL (100 minimum) or IELTS (7.5 minimum) examination scores (international students only)
  • GRE Optional

Admission Dates

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

  • International applicants: May 6
  • Domestic applicants: August 1
  • International applicants: September 15
  • Domestic applicants: December 1

Program Curriculum

Please view the Course Catalog for information regarding the program curriculum.

Experiential Learning

Learning integrated with professional experience is a hallmark of Northeastern and the Roux Institute. Students gain a clear understanding of real-world industry needs in Portland, the state of Maine, and the Northeast—and valued workplace skills like communication and teamwork—through assignments at companies and nonprofit organizations. Students can complete a six-week virtual project relevant to their studies through the university’s Experiential Network (XN) of employers, or even for their own company. Or they can apply for four- and six-month, full-time co-op positions. All opportunities enable students to build their resumés, expand their professional networks, and chart a path to in-demand careers.