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Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
Pfäffikon, Switzerland
Inspired by the renowned Swiss apprenticeship system, this unique Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence is a game changer. It gives companies the opportunity to integrate AI in their strategy and to acquire the skills they need. At the same time, it provides students with theoretical knowledge, professional skills, a salary and maximum flexibility to fit in with their personal life.
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Project development in the artificial intelligence area requires highly specialised skills. This programme teaches state-of-the-art modules in areas such as machine learning, deep learning, language processing or robotics. 60% of the programme is dedicated to learning and 40% to developing an AI company strategy and an AI project within a company. The learning part of the programme is flexible as most courses take place online. A very small traditional class attendance is required. This structure allows participants to combine courses with artificial intelligence development activities within a company.


The Masters of Science in Artificial Intelligence is a recognised, flexible professional qualification adapted to recent trends in our society.

Programme Structure

Full-time dual track education and training course combining lectures with working in a business enterprise.


  • Students with a solid IT background, with the motivation to work with the company in setting up an artificial intelligence development strategy. 
  • To companies which aim to integrate AI in their strategy, but which are blocked by the lack of highly qualified staff. The company establishes a position in the company for the student who is given responsibility for the AI project(s).


This unique university education is the fruit of a strategic partnership between Distance Learning University, Switzerland and Idiap. Distance University offers a cutting edge technical and organisational infrastructure thanks to its expertise in e-learning and its status within the Swiss higher education system. Idiap offers scientific expertise as a national centre of expertise in AI.

Detailed Programme Facts

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    Entry once a year possible: 1 February

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Duration description

      Full-time dual track education and training course combining lectures with working in a business enterprise.

  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended, Online

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or equivalent.

Work Experience

Hold a position within a business enterprise/company that has the desire and ability to integrate artificial intelligence into its strategy.

Technological Requirements

  • Excellent spoken and written knowledge of English, the teaching language
  • Knowledge of programming languages (C++, Python, etc.) and of mathematics

Tuition Fee

 Tuition fee: CHF 2,000.- / semester. Advisory and support costs for the operation and development of the project(s) in the company.


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