Skip to main content

Lipscomb University launches innovative Master of Science, graduate certificate in applied artificial intelligence

Programs are the first in Nashville, designed for non-computer science professionals as well as industry experts

Kim Chaudoin | 

AI image

Learn more about Lipscomb's graduate program in AI.

Lipscomb University is launching the first graduate program in applied artificial intelligence (AI) in Nashville. This cutting-edge program is designed to meet the growing demand for AI expertise across industries, offering flexibility and accessibility to seasoned and aspiring professionals.

In an era defined by rapid technological advancements, the field of AI has emerged as a transformative force, revolutionizing how businesses operate, industries evolve and societies function. AI has also become a powerful force in everyday life. From voice assistants that power smart speakers to high-tech coffee makers, this technology is quickly becoming a mainstay of life.

Recognizing the critical need for skilled AI practitioners, Lipscomb University has developed an innovative program that equips individuals with the knowledge, skills and practical experience essential to thrive in this burgeoning field through a new Master of Science degree and certificate of graduate study in applied artificial intelligence programs.

“This technology is a major disruptor — and opportunity — that is creating a shift in the workplace. AI won't replace you, but someone successfully using it will. With the knowledge to use AI successfully, professionals can harness the power of the technology for certain foundational tasks that will allow them to focus on more strategic work,” said Lipscomb University President Candice McQueen. “Workforce demand will continue to grow rapidly as we discover new possibilities for this technology. Lipscomb University’s new graduate programs are poised to produce highly trained professionals to meet these needs who will be on the frontlines as this technology continues to evolve.”

Candice McQueen

Lipscomb University President Candice McQueen

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data forecasts that the number of computer and information technology occupations will grow 13% from 2020 to 2030. A recent Precedent Research study indicates that the AI market is slated to expand over 1,000 percent by 2030. According to, the average artificial intelligence-related job salary is $143,054 per year with entry positions starting at $115,000.

“HCA Healthcare is utilizing AI-powered solutions to optimize processes, streamline workflows and improve patient outcomes. This aligns with the company's vision of enhancing patient care and operational efficiency and effectiveness,” said Brant Beard, assistant vice president of talent engagement and development at HCA Healthcare. “Universities, such as Lipscomb, can play a significant role in achieving this goal by preparing students to become leaders in this space. This will help companies leverage transformational technologies to fulfill their mission.”

Lipscomb’s AI program may be completed in as little as 18 months. Courses are offered in 8-week sessions delivered in the modality needed by each student,  including online, in-person or hybrid formats. This flexible structure accommodates the diverse needs and schedules of working professionals. The program is designed for professionals in areas such as health care, business and entertainment, seeking to learn how to apply AI in those industries; career-changers and those seeking to advance in their current roles. A background in computer science is not required for this program.

“AI is driving unprecedented innovation and reshaping industries worldwide, Our new graduate programs in AI empower students to harness the potential of this transformative technology to be applied in their respective fields,” said David Elrod, dean of Lipscomb’s Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering where the new programs will be housed. “Our students will learn the fundamental concepts of AI, its capabilities and limitations, with a focus on practical application in student-selected specific fields. Through a comprehensive curriculum integrated with a strong ethical framework, we will prepare the next generation of AI leaders to drive innovation and impact their respective fields in meaningful ways.”

Program curriculum covers a wide range of topics including: 

  • foundations of artificial intelligence, 
  • ethics and societal impact, and 
  • applied AI courses in engineering, healthcare, entertainment and the arts, literature, education, environmental and sustainability science, business, finance and analysis, 

ensuring students develop a well-rounded understanding of AI principles and applications. Through hands-on projects, industry partnerships and collaborations with industry experts, students will gain practical experience and real-world insights that position them for success in the rapidly evolving AI landscape.

Steve Nordstrom

Steve Nordstrom

“Lipscomb's program fills a crucial gap in the Nashville market by providing a comprehensive AI education that caters to individuals with diverse educational backgrounds and experiences,” said Steve Nordstrom, associate dean of Lipscomb’s School of Computing, who will be directing the new program. “As the demand for AI talent continues to catapult across industries such as healthcare, finance, manufacturing and entertainment, Lipscomb's program equips students with the specialized skills and expertise needed to thrive in high-demand roles covering both AI-centric jobs such as AI engineers, data scientists, NLP engineers, roboticists, AI ethicists, as well as corporate leaders, integrators, and strategists responsible for bringing these new technologies to a variety of fields.” 

Nordstrom said Lipscomb’s location in Nashville, a burgeoning hub for technology and innovation, provides students with unparalleled opportunities for networking, internships and career advancement. 

“By bridging the gap between academia and industry, Lipscomb's AI program serves as a catalyst for driving technological innovation and economic growth in the Nashville market and beyond,” he said. 

Classes will begin in August 2024 pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). To learn more about the program, contact Nordstrom at schoolofcomputing [at] (subject: I%20would%20like%20more%20information%20about%20Lipscomb%27s%20new%20program%20in%20AI) or call 615.966.5002.

About the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering
Lipscomb University’s Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering provides students the opportunity to prepare for an engineering career in an educational environment that also encourages missional vocation. A major focus of Lipscomb’s engineering program is challenging its students and alumni to use their engineering education to help others and for the betterment of society through its Peugeot Center for Engineering Service in Developing Communities. The college has ABET-accredited, the world standard in engineering education, undergraduate programs in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering as well as programs in computer science, software engineering, cybersecurity, and Information technology. Learn more at

Learn more about the Lipscomb University School of Computing