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VSB Creates New Minor in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Villanova, Pa., September 24, 2020The Villanova School of Business (VSB) has introduced the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) minor in Fall 2020. The three-course minor degree is open to all VSB students, with coursework that includes building prototype intelligent systems, natural language processing, expert systems, supervised and unsupervised learning, and robotics, among other areas that comprise the broad field of AI.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have become increasingly important technologies across all business disciplines such as finance, banking, marketing, healthcare, accounting, real estate, and more.

“A minor in artificial intelligence and machine learning will ensure that VSB students remain competitive in today’s job market,” says Mike Peters, PhD, chair and professor, Accounting & Information Systems. “Our new AI and ML minor will allow students to leverage the skills that are crucial to businesses now, as well as prepare them for the future.”

Students will be exposed to how AI and ML will continue to impact the future of business, including the automation of business processes and tasks, decision-making, conversational interfaces and personalization. They will also examine the ethical concerns of AI to understand the issues surrounding giving decision-making power to intelligent systems.

The program is expected to serve as a minor program to students majoring in Finance, Marketing, Management, Accounting, MIS, Economics and Real Estate.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is top-ranked among business schools in the nation. Its online graduate business programs are ranked #3, and its online MBA program is ranked #9 by U.S. News and World Report. VSB has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to five Centers of Excellence – the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights and the Center for Church Management – with each designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and applied opportunities for students. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit