May 24, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Integrated Artificial Intelligence

Location(s): Blended (Main Campus & Online)

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Are you ready to unlock the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and become an expert in AI systems integration and operation?  

Our one-year Integrated Artificial Intelligence program will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in this innovative realm.

This program may be for you if you have previously completed post-secondary studies or have related work experience.

In this program, you will:

  • acquire knowledge of ethical AI system design based on a deep understanding of ethical considerations, prioritizing fairness, transparency and accountability
  • evaluate real-world case studies and tackle hands-on projects to develop and deploy AI solutions across diverse industries such as healthcare, finance, energy and more
  • develop proficiency in implementing AI solutions that address real industry challenges with data science
  • learn to communicate effectively with stakeholders, team members and non-technical audiences and bridge the gap between technical expertise and business objectives
  • explore the crucial aspects of managing and analyzing data with a people-first approach and understand the significance of clean, reliable data in AI projects
  • develop the ability to identify AI opportunities, assess risks and make data-driven decisions
  • build technical and human skills that emphasize the fusion of technical expertise with human-centric skills
  • learn how to lead AI projects with empathy, teamwork and understanding of human behaviour and needs.

By enrolling in this computer science program, you’ll take the first step toward a career in the AI industry.

Potential roles include an AI systems architect, a data scientist or a project manager.

Our Integrated Artificial Intelligence program will empower you to thrive in this rapidly growing field. Your future in the world of AI awaits.

Traits, skills and aptitudes

Those working in the artificial intelligence field tend to be innovative, objective and directive. 

You need:

  • analytical skills
  • technical aptitude
  • effective communication
  • ethical awareness
  • speaking and writing skills
  • an inquiring and inventive mind
  • an eye for details
  • patience and an organized approach to troubleshooting
  • decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • business acumen
  • an aptitude for math and science
  • teaching skills
  • time-management skills.

To do well in this field, you should enjoy being innovative, working with others or independently, and being precise in your work.  

Practicum, co-op and work integrated learning opportunities

You’ll complete a capstone project where you’ll address a real-world AI challenge in a safe-to-fail environment.

You can also complete an optional work term after semester two. This work placement includes full-time paid employment. 

Specialized intakes

International bundle program

This program is available to international applicants as a stand-alone program or as part of a program bundle - two programs delivered consecutively.

If you choose the program bundle, you’ll complete the Integrated Artificial Intelligence post-diploma certificate in the first year of study.

In the second year of study, you’ll complete one of the following:

After completing both programs, you’ll receive two credentials, including an Integrated Artificial Intelligence post-diploma certificate.

You may then qualify for a post-graduate work permit of up to three years. If you only complete one of the programs, you may be eligible for a one-year post-graduate work permit. 

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for both programs.

Learn more about international bundle programs >


Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Integrated Artificial Intelligence post-diploma certificate.

Program length

30 to 42 weeks (42 weeks if you choose the co-op work term)

Accepts international applicants - PGWP-eligible

This program accepts international applicants and meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, as long as the student is registered in on-campus classes or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for blended options). 

International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies. 


This program is eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Data scientists (21211)
  • Cybersecurity specialists (21220)
  • Information systems specialists (21222)
  • Business systems specialists (21221)
  • Software developers and programmers (21232)
  • Software engineers and designers (21231)
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) (21311)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • a diploma or degree from an accredited post-secondary institution in one of the following subject matter areas with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 (67% or C+)
    • Information Technology
    • Computer Science
    • Data Analytics
    • Software Development

A combination of education and professional experience may be considered in place of the above at the discretion of the Academic Chair.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Application process

International bundle program applicants

International applicants who wish to apply for this program as part of a program bundle should review the admission requirements for both programs and then sign in to the application portal to begin their application.

When selecting your programs, your first choice should be the program delivered in year one. The second choice program will be the program delivered in year two.

International applicants who wish to take this as a stand-alone program must complete the co-op work term to be eligible for a PGWP.

The bundle is not available to domestic applicants.

Program outline

The Integrated Artificial Intelligence post-diploma certificate requires 30 credits (10 courses) to complete.

The program spans 30 weeks (42 weeks for those who choose to participate in the optional co-op work term), with two semesters. International students must participate in the work term to be eligible for the PGWP. 

All courses must be completed within this timeframe. 

Optional courses

Suggested schedule of study


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Books and supplies

Books and supplies are approximately $1,500 per full-time year. The required textbooks will be discussed in class.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a custom computer hardware and software requirement. You can choose to use a PC or Mac computer.

PC computer minimum requirements

  • i7 processor
  • 32 GB RAM
  • 512 GB SSD storage
  • Nvidia Quadro T1000 video card
  • 15” screen size
  • 1920x1080 screen resolution
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit operating system

Suggested model: Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 3
Approximate cost: $3,000

Mac computer

  • i7 processor
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 512 GB SSD storage
  • AMD Radeon Pro video card
  • 15” screen size
  • 1920x1080 screen resolution
  • Mac OS Catalina or newer operating system

Suggested model: Macbook Pro
Approximate cost: $2,750 

Required equipment/tools

You’ll require a cloud computing service subscription to CloudMyLab, approximately $800 - $1,200 per year.

Advanced Digital Technology program advising

For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please contact our School for Advanced Digital Technology.

Phone: 403.284.8543

Program outcomes

  1. Governance - explain the ethical considerations and their application in AI systems deployment, management, and integration within organizations.
  2. Data management - apply knowledge of cloud computing and data management for AI.
  3. Emerging trends - examine emerging trends and developments in AI operations and integration.
  4. Analytics - apply advanced data science and data analytics concepts to existing data sets to create a model.
  5. Solutions - recommend appropriate AI technology solutions for various organizational contexts.
  6. Processes - interpret how AI systems impact business processes and decision-making.  
  7. Communication - implement data visualization and communication strategies to communicate AI systems’ impact effectively. 
  8. Design - design AI infrastructure solutions.

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