Lipscomb University to launch Nashville’s first graduate program for artificial intelligence

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Lipscomb University is launching a new graduate program to keep up with growing workforce demand when it comes to artificial intelligence.

The university recently announced plans to launch a Master of Science in Applied Artificial Intelligence. It’s the first of its kind in Nashville and the curriculum covers a variety of topics.

“We have a pretty interesting offering that’s based on a core set of courses in AI that cover the fundamentals of AI, the language of computing, ethics and the societal impacts of AI,” said Dr. Steve Nordstrom, the associate dean of Lipscomb’s School of Computing.

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Nordstrom is set to lead the 18-month program offered through the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering. The program has in-person, online, and hybrid options, and the curriculum will also focus on the problem-solving methods of AI and how it can be used to productively impact the workforce. As technology continues to transform workplaces worldwide, Nordstrom believes the program can help put minds at ease.

“AI can be very scary. Most technologies can be very scary when they first emerge onto the market,” said Nordstrom. “This program is also designed to help assuage some of those fears for those people who are like, ‘What is this AI thing?'”

Classes are expected to kick off in August, pending approval of the program’s accreditation.

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Nordstrom told News 2 this technology is something that stands to impact everyone and it’s better to take the time to learn about it sooner rather than later.

“Moving forward, whether it’s our interaction with government or our interaction with private industry, what we choose to do throughout the day, how we choose to spend our lives in terms of our professional work, all of those choices will involve our perspective on AI,” said Nordstrom.

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