SMU AI Boot Camp

Person looking at their computer
Classes begin quarterly

Explore: Curriculum | Innovative Model | Job Outcomes | How to Apply | Schedule

Learn AI Online in 24 Weeks

Artificial intelligence (AI) is an increasingly innovative solution to help organizations move more efficiently, cut costs and solve complex business challenges. AI has also increased in popularity and demand — machine learning engineer was one of Glassdoor’s Top 50 Best Jobs in America in 2022.1

As a student in our AI boot camp, you’ll build proficiency in numerous technologies to help meet that growing demand, including Python, unsupervised and supervised machine learning, generative AI, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, chatbots and many more. You’ll hone your craft by learning from expert instructors with five-plus years of industry experience and build an impressive professional portfolio that displays your AI talents to potential employers.

Behind every smart device is a smarter human. How will you harness the power of AI for your organization? Optimize your career opportunities with the SMU AI Boot Camp today.

150 Best Jobs in America 2022. (2022). Glassdoor. Retrieved July 14, 2023.

Structured Flexibility

Our course is designed for working professionals while providing you with the structure and support you need to successfully achieve your career goals.

Innovative Instruction

Our online AI boot camp from Southern Methodist University Continuing and Professional Education (SMU CAPE) offers live, interactive virtual classes led by expert instructors in the field of data analytics, programming and artificial intelligence.

Real-World Projects

Our market-driven curriculum teaches you the most in-demand AI and machine learning models through real-world examples. Everything you learn is immediately applicable to a professional environment across a range of industries.

Why Choose Our AI Boot Camp?

  • You’ll receive a Certificate in AI from SMU CAPE that you can show to potential employers after studying part time over 24 weeks.
  • You can pursue careers across a wide range of industries that use AI — or implement AI tools at your current organization.
  • The curriculum covers a range of key topics such as Python coding, external APIs, data modeling and forecasting, neural network models, deep learning, ethics and AI, and much more.
  • You’ll build a portfolio of work that solves data, machine learning and artificial intelligence problems to further stand out in a competitive job market.
  • You’ll join a career engagement network that helps you gain access to potential employers regardless of when you attended our boot camp.
  • You’ll receive access to 24/7 on-demand learning assistance and a 1-on-1 tutor.
  • You can connect with a global network of more than 250 employers looking to hire.

Market-Driven Curriculum

By the time you finish this accelerated boot camp, you’ll be equipped with a wide variety of programming, data and machine learning skills. As you participate in engaging classes, you’ll be prepared to create Python-based scripts, interact with APIs using Python Requests and JSON parsing techniques, utilize data-driven programming languages and libraries, and much more. The curriculum is market-driven, with relevant topics such as:*

Programming for Artificial Intelligence

  • Fundamental Python Syntax
  • Python Coding Logic & Reasoning
  • Python Script & Dictionary Creation

Making Predictions with Data

  • Data Modeling
  • Data Forecasting
  • Time Series Data

Machine Learning Optimization

  • Evaluating Model Performance
  • Imbalanced Data
  • Model Selection for Success Metrics
  • Limitations of Traditional Models

Emerging Topics

  • Generative AI
  • AI Applications Outside the Computer
  • Active Research Areas
  • Ethics and Regulation

AI Ethics

  • Legal and Ethical Considerations
  • Data Reproducibility
  • Algorithmic Bias
  • Data Privacy Regulations

Deep Learning

  • Deep Learning vs. Neural Networks
  • Deep Learning on TensorFlow and Keras

Natural Language Processing

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Tokenization
  • Word Models

*The material covered is subject to change. Our academic team adjusts to the market demand.

Get Program Info


Step 1 of 6

Job Outcomes

Students who complete our AI boot camp will be qualified for a variety of different challenging and fulfilling roles, including:

  • Collect, interpret and visualize key financial and market data to help an organization make more informed decisions.
  • Run programs, predictive models and algorithms that improve pattern recognition in machines and perform tasks that help accomplish project goals.
  • Assist organizations across a wide range of industries in applying AI solutions to reduce costs, develop business growth strategies and train employees to leverage AI in their everyday roles.
  • Develop and improve artificial intelligence systems and methodology to be used across a variety of business applications, from chatbots and language processing to speech and facial recognition systems.

An AI Boot Camp is Right for You if:

check mark

You’re currently working as a data or business analyst and looking to take your tech career to the next level by adding machine learning, programming and AI model training tools to your resume.

check mark

You want to apply AI techniques and methodology in your current role to further drive growth for your organization and be the one your team turns to for new ways to solve complex business problems.

check mark

You’re looking to build a career in tech from the ground up more quickly than a traditional degree program and want to leverage AI model training tools in your chosen industry.

About the Boot Camp

This boot camp, offered in partnership with edX, is made available through a unique consortium delivery model to provide skills-based learning to participants across Dallas and beyond. Participants will be taught by a university-approved instructor, while learning alongside students from other consortium-participating universities and institutions. Upon meeting the completion requirements, participants will be issued a certificate from SMU Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE).

How to Apply

Reserve your spot for the next AI boot camp today. The session begins soon, and requesting information only takes a moment. After requesting more details, you’ll be put in touch with a member of the admissions team who can answer questions and help you get your application started. To apply:

  1. Fill out our course interest form so an admissions advisor can get in touch with you.
  2. Connect with an admissions advisor to discuss the course and talk through your goals.
  3. Complete a short application.
  4. Complete a multiple-choice critical-thinking and problem-solving assessment.
  5. Connect with admissions to discuss financial options and payment.
  6. Finalize your enrollment and pay your deposit.
  7. Start your boot camp!

AI Boot Camp Schedule

  • 24-week online format
  • Study part time while maintaining your existing professional, educational or personal obligations
  • Learn through live online classes three days per week and complete projects designed to enhance your portfolio
  • Dedicate 9 hours of scheduled in-class time per week and a minimum of 20 hours outside of class to hands-on projects and practice work

Currently Enrolling

» UX/UI Boot Camp Part-Time 07/01/24

» AI Boot Camp Part-Time 07/01/24

» Coding Part-Time Online 06/03/24

» Coding Full-Time Online 06/18/24

» Data Science Part-Time Online 06/17/24

» Cybersecurity Part-Time Online 08/26/24

If you’re ready to learn more about the Southern Methodist University AI Boot Camp and expand your career opportunities, contact an admissions advisor at (214) 775-9982

Get Program Info


Step 1 of 6