Miami Dade College to Offer One of First Associate Degree in Applied Artificial Intelligence in the U.S.

Miami, May 31, 2023 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) School of Engineering and Technology has received approval from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) to offer three new college-level programs in artificial intelligence (AI), all are first of their kind in the state and will be available starting fall 2023. The Associate in Science in Applied Artificial Intelligence is one of the first in the nation.

MDC will host an information session on the new AI programs and scholarships available on Tuesday, June 6, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the AI Center, MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Room 2104 (Building 2, first floor). Register for the info session here.

In recent years, the global artificial intelligence market has experienced significant growth. By offering these new programs, MDC is creating pathways for students to gain knowledge about AI technologies and develop a range of skills, from basic awareness to technical expertise.

“Miami Dade College will continue leading the way in artificial intelligence training in South Florida, and beyond,” said MDC President Madeline Pumariega. “As AI continues to grow and evolve, it is essential to prepare a workforce with the necessary skills to succeed in this dynamic, in-demand industry.”

The Associate in Science in Applied Artificial Intelligence, one of the first AI associate degrees in the nation, will prepare students to fill the rising demand for professionals with technical expertise, such as AI Developers or AI Specialists. This program provides students with an understanding of AI’s lifecycle management and the ethical considerations relevant to its design and implementation. Students also learn machine learning, data collection, classification, natural language processing, the functions of AI virtual assistants, and techniques used in AI for computer vision as domains to build AI solutions, among other concepts and popular tools.

MDC also received approval to offer two new College Credit Certificates (CCC) in AI for those seeking to learn the fundamentals of AI and sharpen skills. The 9-credit CCC in Artificial Intelligence Awareness is designed to provide students from any field with an understanding of AI concepts and applications. Students will learn about AI’s role in various industries and how these technologies may be applied in their fields. The 18-credit CCC in Artificial Intelligence Practitioner is designed for students seeking to develop the technical skills required for real-world AI applications. The program covers data management, machine learning, natural language processing, and computer vision, among other topics.

In an effort to make AI education more accessible and affordable for local residents, MDC’s School of Engineering and Technology will offer scholarships for all new AI courses offered in the fall 2023 semester, which begins August 21. For more information about the new programs visit