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Note: As of winter quarter, IPD 236 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning Program has been replaced by two different programs.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
Dates & Location
Spring Quarter 2020:
Application Deadline:Mar. 12, 2020
Tuition Deadline:Mar. 19, 2020
Classes Begin:Mar. 31, 2020
Classes End:Jun. 9, 2020
On-campus section: Classes meet on Tuesday evenings (5:45pm-9pm) at DePaul's Loop Campus at 243 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.
Online section: Students may elect to register in an online section of this program. For more information about the online section, click
Spring Quarter 2020
Regular DePaul University students are charged the above rates based on their degree program. The tuition fee for this program is not included in the university's tuition package for full-time undergraduate students.
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-redundable 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 Enterprise Program by Apr. 14, 2020 (convenience fees will not be refunded).
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.
Required textbook: To be announced
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 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, to apply via fax, mail, or in person, print out and complete the
Application Form. Upon admission, the Institute office will contact the prospective student with information and instructions about the registration process.
Registration is restricted to admitted students. IPD staff will register students upon receipt of payment and registration form. Regular DePaul students cannot register themselves via the university's registration system.