Professional Certificate Program in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

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MIT Professional Education is pleased to offer the Professional Certificate Program in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence. MIT has played a leading role in the rise of AI and the new category of jobs it is creating across the world economy. Our goal is to ensure businesses and individuals have the education and training necessary to succeed in the AI-powered future. This certificate guides participants through the latest advancements and technical approaches in artificial intelligence technologies such as natural language processing, predictive analytics, deep learning, and algorithmic methods to further your knowledge of this ever-evolving industry.

Awarded upon successful completion of four qualifying Short Programs courses in Professional Education, this certificate equips you with the best practices and actionable knowledge needed to put you and your organization at the forefront of the AI revolution.

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How to Apply

To apply, submit an application for the program using the link below, along with a non-refundable $325 application fee. After you have been accepted into the program, you should then apply for the individual courses that you intend to take this year.

This program has reached capacity for 2019; register for updates to receive notification when application for 2020 has opened. 

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The Professional Certificate Program in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence enables you to:

  • Learn in-person from renowned MIT faculty and leading industry practitioners
  • Learn essential concepts and skills needed to develop effective AI systems
  • Understand the challenges posed by AI in the workplace
  • Apply cutting-edge, industry-relevant knowledge in machine learning and AI
  • Network with an accomplished group of peers from around the globe

As an MIT Professional Education Professional Certificate Program alumnus you will:

  • Be eligible to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Receive a 15% discount on future MIT Professional Education Short Programs and Digital Plus Programs courses
  • Gain membership in the exclusive MIT Professional Education LinkedIn group
  • Receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the MIT Technology Review upon completion of the program
  • Obtain updates on faculty research, new programs, and MIT initiatives via our newsletter

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The Professional Certificate Program in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence is designed for:

  • Professionals with at least three years of professional experience who hold a bachelor's degree (at a minimum) in a technical area such as computer science, statistics, physics, or electrical engineering
  • Anyone whose work interfaces with data analysis who wants to learn key concepts, formulations, algorithms, and practical examples of what is possible in machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Managers who need the vision and understanding of the many opportunities, costs, and likely performance hurdles in predictive modeling, especially as they pertain to large amounts of textual (or similar) data
  • Professionals looking for a deeper understanding and hands-on experience with MIT faculty and industry experts

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Machine learning is more than just algorithms: it requires math, statistics, data analysis, computer science, and programming skills. MIT is a hub of research and practice in all of these disciplines and our Professional Certificate Program faculty come from areas with a deep focus in machine learning and AI, such as the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL); the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS); and the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS).

The program allows individuals to interact with all these key disciplines. Leading MIT faculty experts will guide participants through the latest breakthroughs in research, cutting-edge technologies, and best practices used for building effective AI-systems. The program provides a well-rounded foundation of knowledge that can be put to immediate use to help people and organizations advance cognitive technology.

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This Professional Certificate Program consists of two required core courses in Machine Learning and two elective courses that build on that foundation and explore related disciplines. Earning the Professional Certificate requires the completion of the four courses within two years. You can customize your learning experience by selecting the courses that are most relevant to you and your organization.

  • Successful completion of four qualifying Short Programs courses, including the two required core courses
  • Courses primarily take place in June, July, and August on MIT's campus
  • Additional courses may be offered in other locations; please see individual course pages for details
  • Courses must be taken within 36 months
  • Non-refundable application fee: $325

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The professional certificate program application fee is $325 (non-refundable). Each of the four courses will be paid at the per-course rate. Visit the Short Programs webpage for individual course information.

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Note: MIT Professional Education – Short Programs is committed to providing a diverse and updated portfolio of Short Programs courses and reserves the right to change these course selections in future years.

We recommend taking the two core courses first. However, if there are elective courses that you have the background and education to begin with you are welcome to do so. Please note that whether you begin with core or elective courses you are required to complete all requirements within 36 months.

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Note: MIT Professional Education – Short Programs is committed to providing a diverse and updated portfolio of Short Programs courses and reserves the right to change these course selections in future years.

  • Machine Learning for HealthcareJune 24-25, 2019, $2500 - Explore machine learning methods for clinical and healthcare applications and how emerging trends will shape healthcare policy and personalized medicine. Participants of this coure should be comfortable programming in Python, performing basic data analysis, and using the machine learning toolkit Scikit-learn. 
  • Advances in Imaging and Machine Learning: Medical, VR-AR, and Self-Driving Cars, July 8-11, 2019, $3900 - Examine emerging solutions, like machine learning, that are opening up new research and commercial opportunities in immediate and future applications, including VR-AR, self-driving cars, medicine, and others.
  • Computational Design for Manufacturing: Creating a Pipeline for the Future of Production, July 8-12, 2019, $5,500 - Acquire the frameworks you need to build a smart design and manufacturing workflow—powered by artificial intelligence—that will fuel your organizations’ ability to produce large volumes of highly integrated, complex, customized products.
  • Modeling and Optimization for Machine Learning, July 15-19, 2019, $4700 - Reduce machine learning problems to their standard mathematical form and understand how to identify the best algorithms and software tools to solve them. Participants are required to have a background in linear algebra and multivariable calculus, as well as at least basic programming in Python.
  • Designing Efficient Deep Learning Systems, July 22-23, 2019, $2500 - Discover how to overcome power, memory, and processing challenges to deploy complex deep learning neural networks on IoT enabled devices such as cell phones, wearables, and drones. 
  • Deep Learning for AI and Computer Vision, July 29-August 1, $4800 - Develop practical skills necessary to build highly-accurate, advanced computer vision applications. Participants should have experience in programming with Python, as well as experience with linear algebra, calculus, statistics, and probability.
  • Ethics of AI: Safeguarding Humanity, October 24-25, $2500 - Explore key ethical issues of AI including topics in safety and progress, intrinsic bias, human rights, and politics.

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