An eleven-week program covering artificial intelligence for IT professionals and business leaders
Note: As of winter quarter, IPD 236 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning Program has been replaced by two different programs. The Artificial Intelligence for Enterprise Program explores AI’s current capabilities and applications including computer vision, natural language processing, and robotics, and how they may be applied to your business. The
Machine Learning and Deep Learning Program covers machine learning concepts, automated machine learning and deep learning techniques to build, train, and deploy predictive models using different algorithms including neural networks with technologies like TensorFlow.
DePaul University's Artificial Intelligence for Enterprise Program is designed for IT professionals and business leaders who want to understand the fundamental principles of artificial intelligence (AI) and be able to apply them to their businesses. The program is suitable for IT professionals wanting to make the transition from business intelligence to artificial intelligence and bring their knowledge to the next level. AI is reshaping and revolutionizing the world—many different industries have already seen automation of business processes and significant disruptions in their business models because of AI. The program focuses on artificial intelligence, cognitive analytics, natural language processing (NLP), knowledge engineering, digital voice assistant/chatbot technologies, image/video recognition, robotics process automation (RPA), and augmented reality. In addition, the program also covers different APIs that are used in the industry relating to cloud and mobile applications.
Program content consists of lectures and demonstrations complemented with hands-on labs. Reading assignments, case studies, group discussions, and projects will be assigned. The program will prepare students with the necessary skills to create efficient AI applications to solve business problems and improve business processes.
In order to maximize learning, students will be required to bring their own laptop computer to every class session. Several cloud-based products for AI will be explored. While access to most of these cloud services will be provided to students in class, there may be some cloud services that are only accessible via the use of the student’s own credit card. Students should expect to spend a small fee to access these services.
Students in this program will be able to:
- Understand digital transformation and use it to influence positive business outcomes
- Identify basic concepts, terminology, models, and methods in the field of AI
- Discuss the landscape of common AI use cases and various solutions across different lines of business
- Review real-world scenarios that are optimized through the practical use of AI
- Gain insight into the use of AI and advanced analytics to identify customer behavior patterns and make the best use of available data
- Develop artificial intelligence applications using cloud-based tools
- Use different bot frameworks to implement conversational bots and digital assistants
- Experiment with vision technology including facial recognition, object detection, etc.
- Gain real-world experience through lab work to demonstrate the skills learned
- Understand the capabilities provided by various cloud-based tools integrated with different artificial intelligence systems and APIs offered by Google, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, etc.
For a completed program description, download the program's brochure
Spring Quarter 2021:
Application Deadline:Mar. 11, 2021
Tuition Deadline:Mar. 18, 2021
Classes Begin:Mar. 29, 2021
Classes End:Jun. 7, 2021
Online: Hybrid Section
Days & Times: Mondays, 5:45pm-9:00pm (Central Time)
These classes are a combination of asynchronous and synchronous online work. The class meets synchronously on-line, on specified dates at the assigned time, using a synchronous meeting tool like Zoom. Classes will be recorded, so any student who is not able to join at the specified time will be able to watch the recording of the class. Though the class has assigned time(s) and day(s) of the week, it typically meets synchronously only some of the time.
Synchronous online classes will meet on five (5) Mondays: Mar. 29, Apr. 19, May 3, May 17, and Jun. 7, 2021. A two- to three-hour pre-recorded lecture will be assigned for viewing on the weeks that there are no synchronous online meetings.
What if I cannot make it to every online synchronous class meeting?
Joining the class meetings in real time is highly recommended, but is not required. You can still take this class by viewing the class recordings and keeping pace with the weekly topics and assignments.
Online: Async (Sync-Option) Section
These classes do not meet at a specific time on specific days. This class is paired with a class that takes place at a specific time on a specific day via Zoom (or similar tool). Students in this class may connect with the live classroom and instructor, if and when they are available, but they are not required to do so.
Students will have access to the recordings of the paired synchronous online classroom. They are expected to follow the same weekly agenda of topics and assignments as the class that meets synchronously, but can view the course material at a time of their own choosing.
Spring Quarter 2021
Full payment of tuition must be received before the start of the program. Students who elect to pay tuition using a credit or debit card will be assessed a non-refundable 2.75% convenience fee.
Refund/Cancellation Policy: DePaul reserves the right to cancel any program before that program’s first scheduled meeting, in which case tuition fees (but not convenience fees) will be refunded. The university's refund policy allows a return of 100% of tuition if the student drops the Artificial Intelligence for April 12, 2021 (convenience fees will not be refunded).
Notice for Current DePaul Students
- Undergraduates: Please be aware that the tuition fee for this program is not included in the university’s full-time term package pricing.
Each program requires a $40.00 (non-refundable) application fee that can be paid online (via credit card) during the online application process. If you need to pay this fee by check or money order, please make the check or money order payable to DePaul University and send it to:
DePaul University Institute for Professional Development
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604
Textbooks are a separate purchase to be made by students.
Reading materials for certificate programs consist of textbooks and supplementary handouts. Textbook readings are considered preparatory in nature and are typically assigned prior to lectures; supplementary handouts are frequently distributed in class to provide additional information.
Title: Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach
Author: Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig
List Price: $199.99
Fees are payable by check made out to DePaul University, or by credit card. Students who elect to pay tuition using a credit or debit card will be assessed a non-redundable 2.75% convenience fee.
Applicants who are eligible for a tuition reimbursement program offered by their employer and are interested in deferring their tuition payment using the university's Employer Tuition Deferral Plan must return the Employer Tuition Deferral Plan application to the Institute for Professional Development Office. Submitting this application to any other DePaul office may delay the student's registration process. Information about this plan, along with an application form, is found
Applicants who wish to use the university's Single Term Payment Plan or a third-party billing arrangement should contact the Institute for Professional Development office at (312) 362-6282 for details.
The Institute for Professional Development is pleased to announce a new need-based financial award, the
Chou Family IPD Scholarship, to provide funding for students interested in our certificate programs in Spring Quarter 2021. Applications will be accepted through March 5, 2021 for this scholarship.
The program is suitable for IT professionals and business decision-makers who are eager to deepen their expertise in the field of artificial intelligence and advance their careers. Basic understanding of cloud computing and machine learning is helpful, but not required. In addition, students are required to bring their own laptop computers to class. Both Windows and Mac computers are acceptable.
The Artificial Intelligence for Enterprise Program is catalogued as a non-credit course of DePaul University. A certificate of completion from DePaul University is awarded to those who successfully complete the program's requirements. Program requirements include reading assignments, labs, projects, case studies, and group discussions. No midterm or final exams are conducted.
Course #: IPD 241
The Artificial Intelligence for Enterprise Program is a graded course. A final grade letter as well as a DePaul transcript (upon request) will be available upon program completion.
Application & Registration Procedure
All interested parties should apply for admission using the Institute for Professional Development's
online application; or, download and complete the
Application Form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon admission, the Institute office will contact the prospective student with information and instructions about the registration process.
You do not have to be an existing DePaul student to take this certificate program. Registration is restricted to individuals who apply for admission to the program and receive an acceptance letter. IPD staff will register applicants upon receipt of payment and registration form.
Regular DePaul students cannot register themselves via the university's registration system. If interested in enrollment, regular DePaul students should begin by submitting an application for admission. Students must meet the program's admission criteria.