Harness the Power of AI

The AI Boot Camp at UNC-Chapel Hill | Part-Time

  • Lead the way in all things AI: Learn how to leverage AI and machine learning to automate, solve problems, and drive results. No previous programming experience required.
  • Showcase your new skills to employers: Flex your newfound AI skills and build a portfolio through nine challenges and three team-based projects.
  • Make connections that open doors: Gain access to a network of 250+ employers looking to hire.
  • Explore funding options: Find payment plans and other financial resources to meet your needs.

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Date:

September 9, 2024

Time to
Complete:

24 weeks,
part-time

Live Online
Classes:

9 hours
per week

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AI’s Been Here. Now Learn Where It’s Going.

We’ll Support You Every Step of the Way

Whether you’re just starting out with AI or you’ve dabbled with AI applications, we can help you tap into its full potential. The boot camp serves as an introduction for those just entering tech and builds on that foundation with specialized AI skills for those looking to upskill and set themselves and their resumes apart. Upon completion, you will be able to lead AI conversations — and initiatives — to bring about key results for your organization.

As you prepare to start, switch, or upgrade your career, we will support your learning journey with unparalleled services and resources.

  • Stay on track with a dedicated student success advisor.
  • edX Xpert support available for students 24/7, 365 days a year.
  • Connect with engaged instructors, teaching assistants, and peers for academic support.
  • Meet one-on-one with a career coach and tap into our network of 250+ employers.
  • Build a portfolio as proof of your new skills in AI.

No previous programming skills are required to apply. However, it is recommended that applicants hold a bachelor’s degree and/or two years of work experience in business, finance, statistics, management, or a related field.

Develop the AI Skills Employers are Seeking

AI applications rely on human intelligence. To take advantage of all things AI, employers will need professionals who understand AI applications and can leverage them to drive results. According to a McKinsey report, 39% of businesses reported hiring software engineers, and 35% hired data engineers for AI-related positions in 2022.1

The AI Boot Camp at UNC-Chapel Hill will prepare you to leverage AI and machine learning to solve business problems and to discuss the latest innovations in AI with key stakeholders.

1The State of AI in 2022 — and a Half Decade in Review. (2022). McKinsey. Retrieved June 8, 2023.

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Further Your Career

Our Career Engagement Network will help you apply the tools and knowledge you learn in your program to advance your career by assisting you in developing a strong portfolio, a polished resume, and sharp interview skills. You’ll also have access to free career resources throughout your professional life.

A Curriculum That’s Current: Learn Where AI Is Now

Our rigorous AI boot camp curriculum reflects the latest in an ever-changing field. You will learn everything from “What is AI?” to machine learning optimization to emerging topics and developments that point to where AI is headed. Classes are delivered through high-quality coursework and live, online classes led by instructors who are fully vetted by the university. That means you can ask questions in real-time, engage in discussion with fellow classmates, and feel supported as you learn something entirely new.

All instructors are assessed for not only their experience in the field, but also their ability to successfully communicate complex AI concepts in an online environment. After class, instructors hold office hours where you can check in, ask questions, and problem solve on assignments.

In this first section, you will learn fundamental skills to source, prepare, and analyze data for machine learning models and AI applications. Building on these skills, you will learn to make predictive models to use for forecasting time series data.

Portfolio Project: This section will culminate in a project where you will prepare data and forecast predictions. You will leverage skills learned in this first section such as programming, data preparation, visualization, and forecasting.

The second section takes your programming and data skills to the next level through learning machine learning, using supervised and unsupervised learning, evaluating models for optimal performance, and understanding the legal and ethical considerations of using artificial intelligence.


Portfolio Project: This section concludes in a project where you will train machine learning models, optimize the models, and evaluate model performance in order to choose the best model for your application.

The final section of the course will explore cutting-edge AI topics such as neural networks, deep learning, natural language processing, transformers, and emerging topics in AI.

Portfolio Project: The final section of the course consists of a capstone project that utilizes skills and knowledge from across the course. Students are encouraged to explore advanced techniques utilizing neural networks and transformers.

Now You’re Ready

By the time you complete the boot camp, you will have gained in-demand skills, built an impressive portfolio of AI-focused projects, and earned a valuable Professional Certificate from UNC-Chapel Hill Digital and Lifelong Learning.

Learn on Your Schedule

This part-time program is designed for working adults, students, and busy professionals. It combines flexible online content with live virtual classes held outside of business hours.

Time to complete24 weeks
Live classes9 hrs/week
Homework & projects 20+ hrs/week
Class time3 weekday evenings
(3 hrs/class)

Invest in Your Career.
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Part-time AI boot camp fee: $11,245

Pilot Discount: Enroll in the inaugural cohort of the boot camp and get $1,000 off your tuition cost.

Pay in Full Discount

Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive $1000 off your total fee.

Alumni Discount

UNC-Chapel Hill alumni are eligible for a $500 discount.

24-Month Interest-Free Payment Plan

Once approved, you’ll pay your deposit and split the remaining tuition over 24 monthly installments with zero interest.

Employer Funding

Use available educational benefits or tuition sponsorship from your employer. 

Sallie Mae

Offers private student educational loans.

edX Boot Camps does not receive any commissions or payments for referrals or successful loan applications. The lender’s loan approval criteria will apply and you should consider the terms and conditions of any loan carefully. We are not credit advisors. We make no representations about whether you will be given a loan or whether a loan will be suitable for you. We are not responsible for representations made to you by any credit provider.

What Employers Are Saying About the Boot Camp

Don’t just take our word for it. See what hiring managers and tech leaders across the globe with experience are saying about the AI Boot Camp. From top research universities to start-ups, these leaders have their fingers on the pulse of what AI skills are needed today and tomorrow.

  • “The skills acquired in the AI Boot Camp will prove valuable in almost every job in the future.”

    Akshika Wijesundara, Ph.D

    Research Associate in Machine Learning,

    King’s College Chief Technology Officer, Tilli

  • I would consider hiring an AI Boot Camp graduate. Completing a boot camp demonstrates initiative and a commitment to gaining practical skills. It also ensures hands-on experience with topics like programming, data science, and machine learning.

    Priyo Chatterjee, Ph.D

    Advisor, Stealth Start-Up

    Former Head of Data Science:

    Advertiser Products, Meta

Testimonials come from paid members of the edX AI advisory council.

A Powerful Educational Partnership

About UNC-Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. Every day, faculty — including two Nobel laureates — staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

This program is offered through UNC-Chapel Hill Digital and Lifelong Learning, in partnership with edX.

About edX

edX, part of 2U Inc., works with respected universities and organizations to deliver innovative, skills-based training to a community of over 45 million learners around the world to support them at every stage of their lives and careers. edX delivers boot camps through an immersive learning experience with expert services and valuable resources. As of 2021, graduates have been hired by 6,700+ companies, including more than 62% of the Fortune 100.

About the AI Boot Camp

The Next AI Boot Camp Starts September 9, 2024. Reserve Your Spot Today!

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