The bourgeoning field of artificial intelligence has brought with it many ethical challenges for organisations, institutions, and governments across the world. There is a distinct need for people with a unique set of capabilities to work on ethics frameworks and processes to solve a range of new problems. Traditional education in computer science or engineering might (or might not) include a single semester course on technology ethics - see here for an excellent collection of syllabi. Given the complexity of the problem space, the question arises whether a single semester is really enough, particularly when modern technology has the capacity to affect the lives of millions if not billions both now and in the future.

Deeper education in philosophy (particularly ethics), psychology, sociology, law, cultural norms, privacy, responsible innovation, sustainability, and many other typically non-STEM disciplines is becoming more important. This is evidenced by the growing number of postgraduate (or graduate/grad school in North America) offerings available specifically in AI Ethics globally. A sampling of these courses is included below.

Courses specifically focused on AI Ethics

For those looking for a graduate certificate or masters length course, the following institutions have a distinct offerings with a focus on AI Ethics.

Cambridge University's AI Ethics masters starts later this year and is perhaps one of the most prominent new offerings available:

AI Ethics course is a first for Cambridge University
Masters for those wishing to understand what artificial intelligence means for us as a society

University of Twente

Master Philosophy of Science, Technology & Society
Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society is the premier Master’s programme for learning how to critically analyse and assess the impact of scientific and technological developments on society.

NTU (Singapore)

San Francisco State University

San Francisco State U. to Launch Grad Certificate in AI Ethics - Daily Nous
San Francisco State University has developed a graduate program in artificial intelligence (AI) ethics. According to an article at the Wall Street Journal (registration, but no subscription, required to view), the program is one of the first of its kind, and aims to educate graduate students and pro…

Duke University

Tech Ethics & Policy | Duke University Science & Society

Applied Ethics / Applied Philosophy Courses

An alternative to courses with a focus on AI Ethics would be to pursue a philosophy degree that includes applied ethics, particularly in technology. A number of interesting options can be found below.

Arizona State

Applied Ethics (Science,Tech and Ethics), MA | School for the Future of Innovation in Society


Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence: law and ethics of emerging technologies - InnoLawLab
The post-graduate Master on Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Internet of Thing: legal and ethical-anthropological profiles aims to provide students with technical and legal skills on Artificial Intelligence (“A.I.”), on Blockchain and Internet of Things use, moving from the general categories…


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UAB Barcelona

Official Master’s Degree Applied Philosophy - UAB Barcelona - Spain
This master’s degree allows you to apply critical thinking to contemporary challenges: new technologies, climate change, animal rights, feminism,...

Lastly, MIT offers a short course on the Ethics of AI in their Professional Education series that may be a good starting point for those not wanting to invest in a full masters degree: