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Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is today’s most important area of computer science. AI is everywhere: It recognizes your speech when talking to Siri, Alexa, or Ok Google; it identifies faces and objects when you take pictures with your smartphone or when you upload your photos to Facebook or Instagram; it diagnoses tumors in medical images; it predicts stock market trends; it translates languages, filters your email spam and it enables drones and cars to understand the environment and drive by themselves. 

«AI is the new electricity», says Stanford proessor and AI pioneer Andrew Ng. The ultimate goal of AI is to implement intelligent behavior, such as the capability to learn and improve from experience, into machines or just any computer program. Classes in the AI major study program will teach you the following foundations and advanced skills:

  • Deep learning
  • Machine learning
  • Computer graphics
  • Computer vision for robotics
  • Natural language processing
  • Machine translation
  • Coordination of complex systems
  • Big-data analytics
  • Combinatorial and approximation algorithms
  • Randomized and online algorithms
  • Mathematical and computational statistics
  • Algorithmic Game Theory and Mechanism Design

Career prospects

Knowledge of Artificial Intelligence is one of the most demanded expertises on today’s job market. Students graduating from this master study program will be able to apply their knowledge in many areas: robotics, business forecasting, video games, computer vision, intelligent search, chat bots and medical diagnostics.

Moreover, graduates with the right aptitude will have the opportunity to complete a doctorate, an outstanding foundation for an academic career.

Department of Informatics


Artificial Intelligence is available as:

Major program (90 ECTS credits)

Can be combined with the following minor programs:

Business and Economics Informatics
Banking and Finance Data Science
Business Administration Informatics
Economics Information Systems

Weiterführende Informationen

How to proceed?

You plan to pursue a Master's program at our Faculty. Information on the next steps you need to take is available here.

Application and admission: For assuming studies at our Faculty, you first need to apply to the University of Zurich.
Application and admission

Admission based on academic background: If you have a Bachelor's degree from another higher education institution, get informed about the categorization process.
Admission to the Master's program

Changing program: Being a student at our Faculty, you have come to the conclusion that another study program might fit your interests even better.
Changing program

Regulations: You will find everything you need to know about your studies in the regulations.

Questions on your program of studies: You are pursuing studies at our Faculty and have specific questions? Our academic advisors or the Dean's Office are ready to help you.