Best Universities for a Masters Degree in Machine Learning
Best Universities for a Masters Degree in Machine Learning
Top Universities to Pursue an MS with a Focus Area in Machine Learning

Careers, Education, Machine Learning

Best Masters Programs in Machine Learning (ML) for 2020

These are the best universities to pursue a master’s degree in machine learning, with research rankings in AI and machine learning research.

Stacy S.
Stacy S.
Jan 7 · 5 min read

Last updated on September 23, 2020

Considering various factors such as the research areas, research focus, courses offered, duration of the program, location of the university, honors, awards, and job prospects, we came up with the best universities to help you in your choosing process. This article is most suited for individuals who’d like to pursue a master’s degree with a focus on machine learning and need some guidance on their decision making.

Feel free to jump to the end if you are looking for only the names of the Universities.

Note: The universities mentioned below are in no particular order.

Program Name: Master of Science in Machine Learning
Research Ranking in Machine Learning: 1
Research Ranking in AI: 1
Duration: 1–2 years
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Core courses: Advanced machine learning, statistics, research, statistical machine learning, data analysis, artificial intelligence, data science.
Tracks available: Masters of Science in Machine Learning, Fifth Year Masters in Machine Learning, Secondary Masters of Science in Machine Learning, Masters of Computational Data Science, Master of Science in Computer Science.
Focus areas: Machine learning, artificial intelligence, NLP, computer vision, robotics, deep learning, data mining, web and information retrieval, computer science, etc.
Further information: Contact the Machine Learning Department at CMU.

Program Name: Masters in Data Science, Masters in EECS
Research Ranking in Machine Learning: 2
Research Ranking in AI: 15
Duration: 1–2.5+ years
Location: Berkeley, California
Core courses: Research design, data engineering, machine learning, data mining, ethics and privacy, data visualization, computer science, statistical analysis.
Tracks available: Masters in Data Science, Masters in EECS with a focus on machine learning.
Focus areas: Machine learning, artificial intelligence, NLP, computer vision, deep learning, data mining, web and information retrieval, etc.
Further information: Contact UC Berkeley.

Program Name: Masters of Science in Computer Science
Research Ranking in Machine Learning: 3
Research Ranking in AI: 3
Duration: 3–5+ years
Location: Stanford, California
Core courses: Mathematical and theory foundations, computer systems, applications, research, artificial intelligence.
Tracks available: Masters of Science in Computer Science with a focus on machine learning.
Focus areas: Computer science, Machine learning, artificial intelligence, NLP, computer vision, deep learning, data mining, web and information retrieval, etc.
Further information: Contact Stanford Engineering.

Program Name: Master of Science in EECS
Research Ranking in Machine Learning: 4
Research Ranking in AI: 5
Duration: 2–3+ years
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Core courses: Computer architecture and logic design, computer science, high-level mathematics, electrical engineering basis, artificial intelligence.
Tracks available: Masters in EECS with a focus on machine learning.
Focus areas: Machine learning, artificial intelligence, NLP, computer vision, deep learning, data mining, web and information retrieval, etc.
Further information: Contact MIT EECS.

Program Name: Masters in Computer Science
Research Ranking in Machine Learning: 5
Research Ranking in AI: 2
Duration: 2–2.5+ years
Location: Ithaca, New York
Core courses: Mathematical and theory foundations, computer systems, applications, research, artificial intelligence.
Tracks available: Masters in Computer Science.
Focus areas: artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer science, programming languages and logic, scientific computing and applications, systems, theory, and computation.
Further information: Contact Cornell Engineering.

Program Name: Masters in Computer Science
Research Ranking in Machine Learning: 6
Research Ranking in AI: 13
Course Duration: 1–2+ years
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Core courses: Advanced machine learning, statistics, research, statistical machine learning, data analysis, artificial intelligence.
Tracks available: Masters in Computer Science with a specialization in Machine Learning.
Focus areas: Machine learning, artificial intelligence, NLP, computer vision, deep learning, data mining, web and information retrieval, computer science, etc.
Further information: Contact Georgia Tech.

Program Name: Masters in Computer Science, Master of Science in Data Science.
Research Ranking in Machine Learning: 7
Research Ranking in AI: 6
Duration: 1–2.5+ years
Location: Seattle, Washington
Core courses: Computer architecture and logic design, computer science, high-level mathematics, electrical engineering basis, artificial intelligence, data science, machine learning, applied machine learning, statistical analysis.
Tracks available: Master of Computer Science, Master of Science in Data Science.
Focus areas: Machine learning, artificial intelligence, NLP, computer vision, deep learning, data mining, web and information retrieval, etc.
Further information: Contact the University of Washington.

Program Name: Masters of Science in Computer Science
Research Ranking in Machine Learning: 8
Research Ranking in AI: 7
Duration: 2.5–3+ years
Location: Los Angeles, California
Core courses: Computer architecture and logic design, computer science, high-level mathematics, electrical engineering, artificial intelligence, machine learning.
Tracks available: Master of Science in Computer Science.
Focus areas: Machine learning, artificial intelligence, NLP, computer vision, deep learning, data mining, web and information retrieval, etc.
Further information: Contact UCLA.

Program Name: Master of Science in Computer Science
Research Ranking in Machine Learning: 9
Research Ranking in AI: 4
Course Duration: 1.5–2.5+ years
Location: Champaign, Illinois
Core courses: Computer architecture and logic design, computer science, high-level mathematics, electrical engineering, artificial intelligence, machine learning.
Tracks available: Master of Science in Computer Science.
Focus areas: Machine learning, artificial intelligence, NLP, computer vision, deep learning, data mining, web and information retrieval, etc.
Further information: Contact the UIUC.

Program Name: Master of Science in Computer Science
Research Ranking in Machine Learning: 10
Research Ranking in AI: 12
Duration: 1.5–3+ year
Location: New York City, New York
Core courses: Computer architecture and logic design, computer science, high-level mathematics, electrical engineering basis, artificial intelligence.
Tracks available: Master of Science in Computer Science.
Focus areas: Computational biology, computer security, foundations of computer science, machine learning, NLP, network systems, software systems, vision, graphics and robotics, artificial intelligence, theory.
Further information: Contact Columbia University.

To summarize, we have listed the top universities for a Masters with a focus area in machine learning below:

1. Carnegie Mellon University

2. University of California — Berkeley

3. Stanford University

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5. Cornell University

6. Georgia Institute of Technology

7. University of Washington

8. University of California — Los Angeles

9. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

10. Columbia University

If you see anything that may need to be revisited, please email me: sstanford@towardsai.net

CSRankings: Computer Science Rankings, Machine Learning & Data Mining, http://csrankings.org/#/index?mlmining

US News & World Report, College Rankings
https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges

CSRankings: Computer Science Rankings, Artificial Intelligence, http://csrankings.org/#/index?ai

US News & World Report, Best Graduate Schools, Top Science Schools, AI Rankings, https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-science-schools/computer-science-rankings

Google University Search Rankings
http://bit.ly/best-universities-by-search-for-machine-learning

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Stacy S.

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