Mandatory requirements

To apply for this program, you must have previously completed post-secondary studies at an accredited post-secondary institution or provide proof of related work experience.

Review admission requirements for more details.

Overview

Are you ready to unlock the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and become an expert in AI systems integration and operation?  

Our one-year Integrated Artificial Intelligence program will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in this innovative realm.

This program may be for you if you have previously completed post-secondary studies or have related work experience.

In this program, you will:

  • acquire knowledge of ethical AI system design based on a deep understanding of ethical considerations, prioritizing fairness, transparency and accountability
  • evaluate real-world case studies and tackle hands-on projects to develop and deploy AI solutions across diverse industries such as healthcare, finance, energy and more
  • develop proficiency in implementing AI solutions that address real industry challenges with data science
  • learn to communicate effectively with stakeholders, team members and non-technical audiences and bridge the gap between technical expertise and business objectives
  • explore the crucial aspects of managing and analyzing data with a people-first approach and understand the significance of clean, reliable data in AI projects
  • develop the ability to identify AI opportunities, assess risks and make data-driven decisions
    build technical and human skills that emphasize the fusion of technical expertise with human-centric skills
  • learn how to lead AI projects with empathy, teamwork and understanding of human behaviour and needs.
By enrolling in this computer science program, you’ll take the first step toward a career in the AI industry.

Potential roles include an AI systems architect, a data scientist or a project manager.

Our Integrated Artificial Intelligence program will empower you to thrive in this rapidly growing field. Your future in the world of AI awaits.

Those working in the artificial intelligence field tend to be innovative, objective and directive. 

You need:

  • analytical skills
  • technical aptitude
  • effective communication
  • ethical awareness
  • speaking and writing skills
  • an inquiring and inventive mind
  • an eye for details
  • patience and an organized approach to troubleshooting
  • decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • business acumen
  • an aptitude for math and science
  • teaching skills
  • time-management skills.
To do well in this field, you should enjoy being innovative, working with others or independently, and being precise in your work.

You’ll complete a capstone project where you’ll address a real-world AI challenge in a safe-to-fail environment.

You can also complete an optional work term after semester two. This work placement includes full-time paid employment. Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Integrated Artificial Intelligence post-diploma certificate.

International applicants who wish to take this as a stand-alone program must complete the co-op work term to bring the total program length to 42 weeks to be eligible for a PGWP.

International bundle program

This program is available to international applicants as a stand-alone program or as part of a program bundle - two programs delivered consecutively.

If you choose the program bundle, you'll complete the Integrated Artificial Intelligence post-diploma certificate in the first year of study.

In the second year of study, you'll complete one of the following:

After completing both programs, you'll receive two credentials, including an Integrated Artificial Intelligence post-diploma certificate.

You may then qualify for a post-graduate work permit of up to three years. If you only complete one of the programs, you may be eligible for a one-year post-graduate work permit. 

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for both programs.

Bundle program details

Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Integrated Artificial Intelligence post-diploma certificate.

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Careers and opportunities

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 21211, 21220, 21222, 21221, 21232, 21231, 21311.

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Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.

Courses

The Integrated Artificial Intelligence requires 30 credits (10 courses) to complete.

The program spans 30 weeks (42 weeks for those who choose to participate in the optional co-op work term), with two semesters.

International students must participate in the work term to be eligible for the PGWP. 

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Course Credits

This course is designed to give students the skills to build, deploy and manage AI applications on the web and in cloud environments. This course covers the technical and practical aspects of web development and cloud computing. It emphasizes the importance of using these technologies to create secure, scalable and accessible AI systems.

3

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of AI's ethical and social implications and promote the development of AI systems aligned with human values and interests. The course emphasizes a human-first approach to implementing and deploying AI systems.

3

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the techniques and algorithms used in Natural Language Processing (NLP), a sub-field of AI that focuses on the interaction between computers and humans using natural language.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARTI 406
  • STAT 400
3

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the techniques and algorithms used in computer vision, a sub-field of AI that focuses on teaching computers to interpret and understand visual information from the world.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARTI 404
  • ARTI 406
3

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the processes and best practices required to manage and maintain AI systems and applications.

Pre-requisites:
  • ETHI 401
3

This course is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of the techniques and algorithms used in predictive modelling and data analysis. The course covers the fundamental concepts of machine learning and statistical modelling and emphasizes their applications in AI.

3

This course is designed to build upon the foundation of the first-level course, taking students to a deeper level of understanding and mastery of predictive modelling and data analysis. This course covers more advanced topics in predictive modelling, including deep learning, reinforcement learning, and neural networks. Students will learn about the latest techniques and algorithms used in these areas and will gain hands-on experience using these methods to build predictive models.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARTI 406
  • DATA 440
  • STAT 400
3

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the ethical, legal and regulatory considerations surrounding the development and deployment of AI systems. The course covers data privacy, algorithmic bias, transparency and accountability.

3

This course is designed to allow students to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout the program to real-world AI projects and applications in a “safe to fail” environment. This course emphasizes hands-on learning and allows students to work on projects that address real-world AI challenges and problems using the skills they are developing in their other courses.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARTI 404
  • DATA 440
  • ETHI 401
3

This course teaches R and introduces Python and is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of statistical techniques and their applications in AI. The course covers the fundamentals of statistics, including descriptive statistics, probability theory, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis. Students will learn to use statistical techniques to analyze and interpret data and gain hands-on experience using the R programming language to perform statistical analyses.

3

Course Credits

This cooperative work term course allows you to apply your classroom learning in a practical workplace setting and gain valuable industry experience.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARTI 407
  • ARTI 408
  • ARTI 409
  • DATA 480
  • PROJ 407

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure >

Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents:

  • a diploma or degree from an accredited post-secondary institution in one of the following subject matter areas, or equivalent, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 (67% or C+):
    • information technology
    • computer science
    • data analytics
    • software development
  • a combination of education and experience may be considered and is subject to approval by the academic chair.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Transfer agreements

At SAIT, we evaluate post-secondary credit you have previously earned and apply it to your SAIT credential. Explore our formal transfer agreements available for this program.

We can evaluate your prior education, even if we don't have a formal agreement in place.

Submit a transfer credit application

There are no formal transfer agreements currently in place for this program.

Transfer options for graduates

Build on the knowledge you’ve learned at SAIT. The opportunity to advance your education at an accredited post-secondary institution may be available.

🔗 Visit Transfer Alberta for a full list of transfer opportunities within the province.

Available intakes

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024
International students: Closed
  • Application deadline: May 29, 2024

Costs

2024/25 tuition and fees

The following estimated costs are effective as of July 1, 2024.

Domestic students

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for domestic students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $18,000 $1,608 $19,608
Total cost:
$19,608

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $21,990 $1,608 $23,598
Total cost:
$23,598

This program is also available as part of a program bundle with another certificate. 

The below costs represent both programs in the bundle. The programs must be taken in the order listed.

Integrated Artificial Intelligence (year one) + Business and Entrepreneurship (year two) bundle
The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $21,990 $1,608 $23,598
2 2 $18,210 $1,608 $19,818
Total cost:
$43,416
Integrated Artificial Intelligence (year one) + Management and Leadership (year two) bundle
The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $21,990 $1,608 $23,598
2 2 $18,210 $1,608 $19,818
Total cost:
$43,416
Integrated Artificial Intelligence (year one) + Data Analytics (year two) bundle
The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $21,990 $1,608 $23,598
2 2 $18,408 $1,608 $20,016
Total cost:
$43,614

Books and supplies are approximately $1,500 per full-time year. The required textbooks will be discussed in class.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a power-user hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Specifications PC computers Mac computers
Processor  i7 i7
RAM 32GB 16GB
Storage 512 GB SSD 512GB SSD
Video card  Nvidia Quadro T1000 AMD Radeon Pro
Screen size 15" 15"
Screen resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
OS version  Windows 10 Pro 64-bit  Mac OS Catalina or newer
Approximate price (CAD) $3,000 $2,750
Suggested model Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 3 16" Macbook Pro case model

Required equipment/tools

Students will require their own cloud computing services subscription to CloudMyLab, approximately $800 – $1,200 per year.

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Financial aid

Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.

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This program is eligible for Canada Alberta Job Grant funding.

Application process

International bundle program applicants

International applicants who wish to apply for this program as part of a program bundle should review the admission requirements for both programs and then sign in to the application portal to begin their application.

When selecting your programs, your first choice should be the program delivered in year one. The second choice program will be the program delivered in year two.

International applicants who wish to take this as a stand-alone program must complete the co-op work term to bring the total program length to 42 weeks to be eligible for a PGWP.

The bundle is not available to domestic applicants.

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Follow our step-by-step guide to submitting a successful application.

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Communication during admission

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the sadt.advising@sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

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Begin your application

Apply now using the online application portal. 

Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

Contact us

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Email
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403.284.8852
Email
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