Skip to main content
teacher in front of the white board teaching

Applied Artificial Intelligence—M.S. & Graduate Certificate

Program Overview

Program Overview

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has exploded in capability and popularity, disrupting many established industries and leaving urgent knowledge and skills gaps in its wake.

With a predicted addition of $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030 (PwC), it is critical that professionals from various fields in the workforce:

  • Understand modern solution trends in AI
  • Learn and grow new skill sets in AI tools
  • Develop competencies in industry-specific AI solutions
  • Grow a deeper understanding of the impact that AI has on society

Lipscomb’s Applied Artificial Intelligence graduate program is the first of its kind in Nashville, Tennessee to provide professionals the opportunity to amplify their industry-specific experience with modern computing skills without requiring an undergraduate degree in computer science. Choose to pursue either a Master of Science (30 credit hours) or a graduate certificate (9 credit hours).

What is an Applied Artificial Intelligence degree and why is it significant?

Our program, Applied AI, focuses on the use and application of AI tools and techniques to solve practical problems in an effective, efficient and ethical manner. We aim to provide answers to the questions around the rise of AI technologies and their potential effects across all industries.

This program explores the core principles, strategic solutions and application domains of artificial intelligence, along with its ethical implications. Through discipline-specific application sequences, students will examine AI trends and their problem-solving capabilities across various industries, such as health care, business, education, the arts, engineering, entertainment and more. Our innovative curriculum and course delivery features a studio-based educational environment where students collaborate to build AI projects that address emerging challenges where AI is increasingly becoming the optimal solution strategy. 

Our program focuses on top-tier tools and interfaces from industry leaders, such as Open AI (GPT), Microsoft (CoPilot and Azure AI), Google (Gemini), IBM (Watson) and others to solve challenging problems in health care, business, public leadership, education, the arts and engineering. 

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

All applicants to the graduate or certificate program must submit the following:

  • Application with $50 nonrefundable fee 
  • Official transcript(s) showing undergraduate degrees with a minimum math course of college algebra
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Interview



Growth in Computer & IT Jobs by 2030 (BLS)

Curriculum and Flexibility

Our unique hybrid format offers the perfect blend of in-person engagement and online flexibility, providing a dynamic collaborative environment that promotes innovation and learning. Enjoy the convenience of attending classes in person or virtually, with access to cloud-based recordings for asynchronous participation.

Real-World Application

Complete your coursework with two directed project experiences, building AI projects in an innovative educational setting designed to meet the needs of particular industrial applications where AI is emerging as the preferred solution strategy.

AI Mastery for All Professionals

Designed for professionals in areas such as health care, business and entertainment, as well as career-changers and individuals looking to advance in their current roles, this program teaches how to apply AI in various industries. No computer science background needed.

Ethics & Faith at the Core

We're committed to providing a Christ-centered education that not only teaches AI but also its impact on society, ensuring you're prepared to use technology for the betterment of humanity.

Our Faculty

  • Steve Nordstrom headshot

    Steve Nordstrom

    Associate Dean, School of Computing

    Dr. Nordstrom has served in several teaching and administrative roles in engineering and computing since joining the faculty of Lipscomb University in 2008. He currently serves as Associate Dean of...

    Meet Steve Nordstrom
  • Ken Mayer

    Ken Mayer, Jr.

    Assistant Professor

    Ken received his first computer in the early 80's, a Commodore 64! This sparked his lifelong interest in computing, especially IT hardware. Just like many students who have gone for...

    Meet Ken Mayer, Jr.

Career Paths

AI Engineer

AI engineers help companies make better decisions and produce greater results by providing data, software development and algorithm engineering for computer systems to operate at an optimum, human-like function.

AI Solutions Architect

AI solutions architects design, develop and deploy artificial intelligence solutions to address business and client needs through a variety of strategies and systems. All of this is done in compliance with business goals and ethics.

AI Applications Analyst

AI applications analysts build artificial models and architectures from the ground up, optimizing solutions for businesses. Their involvement in the process encompasses the whole cycle from ideation to implementation.