Certificates and Degrees

Our school provides two kinds of credentials: Certificates of Completion and Proficiency Degrees.

Certificates of Completion

Our 12-month program consists of four 3-month quarters. In each quarter, our participants are asked to complete an original piece of work, either an academic research project or a software development project. Those who successfully complete their coursework and their project receive a Certificate of Completion for that quarter.

Proficiency Degrees

Proficiency Degrees at our school are hard to get and require a substantial amount of study time. In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the four Certificates of Completion, Proficiency Degree candidates need to demonstrate a complete mastery of the curriculum through a long series of quizzes, tests, and challenges. The Proficiency Degrees are designed to make sure that any employer can just close their eyes, give a job offer to a randomly selected Proficiency Degree holder, and never regret that decision. Similarly, PhD admissions committees can be confident any Proficiency Degree holder has more than enough knowledge to start in their program.

Proficiency Degrees are not for everyone. For example, if you are the founder of a successful AI startup or a senior employee at a major institution, you may not need to communicate to the outside world the depth of your knowledge. In these cases, it may be better to complete our program without obtaining a Proficiency Degree. Our Proficiency Degrees are not government-regulated degrees, unlike, say, master's or PhD degrees granted by official universities. They are unlikely to help, for example, when applying for a work visa in countries that have a point-based preference system that counts official degrees.

Degrees at other schools

By all means, we are strong supporters of our students' effort in their studies at other institutions. If they plan to apply for official degree programs after finishing ours, they can get extensive support and detailed recommendation letters from us. If they study in an official degree program concurrently with our school, we can even adjust our instruction to be more complementary to their academic interests there, for example, to the topic of their thesis.