A Venn diagram in which AI, signal processing and communications overlapLaunching in fall 2023 - accepting applications now

Artificial intelligence (AI) is said to be the new electricity, but electricity alone is not enough to solve engineering problems. Companies need employees not only with skills in AI, but also domain knowledge.  

This degree plan provides a unique and integrated education in AI with domain knowledge in signal processing and/or communications. The curriculum includes courses on machine learning, deep learning, modern signal and data processing, information theory and wireless communications that are designed to meet the increasing industry demand for applying AI to engineering. The courses and course project content are continuously updated with industrial advisors’ input. 

Through core course options and electives, students enrolled in this program pursue a 30-credit master’s degree. The program is intended for students and engineers with a BS degree, as well as solid knowledge of calculus, linear algebra, probability and linear systems. Some courses offer distance learning options through CU Boulder Distance Education. 

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  • Students and engineers who are interested in the areas of AI, signal processing, or communications. 
  • New graduate applicants, graduate transfers and undergraduate students who qualify for the bachelor’s / accelerated master’s (BAM) program. 

Companies need employees not only with skills in AI, but also domain knowledge. This is especially true for signal processing and communication engineering, where signals and data are extracted and processed to learn or estimate patterns and parameters, and the information is communicated. Companies like Qualcomm, Broadcom, Google, Meta and Amazon, where our past master’s students work, all have AI divisions and have applied AI to their main products. As a result, there is a significant demand for master’s students trained in AI and Communication Engineering in an integrated fashion. This new AI Communications Engineering (AICE) professional master’s program (PMP) track is created to meet such demand. An industrial advisory board will advise on the courses and course projects.

A BS degree with solid knowledge of calculus, linear algebra, probability and linear systems.

The AICE sub-plan will launch in fall 2023. Applications will be due Feb. 15, 2023. To apply:
  • Use the CU Boulder Graduate Application.
  • Select the Professional Master's in Electrical Engineering, then select "Learning, Information, Network, Communication, and Data (LINCD) Sciences” in the drop-down menu.
  • Because it is a new program, you also need to write “AICE” as the first line of your personal statement.
  • Email Youjian Liu at youjian.liu@colorado.edu with the subject “AICE applicant” to directly inform him of your AICE application. This is to make sure that you will be on the applicant list, although you may not receive a reply.