Coursera, an online education company, has announced a data science master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — home to one of the top five computer science graduate programmes in the United States.
The University will open access to its data science curriculum at a fraction of the cost of a traditional on-campus or online master’s degree through the Master of Computer Science in Data Science (MCS-DS) degree on Coursera.
According to the new statistics from Coursera, data and computer science is already the most popular type of course among online learners in India with nearly half (43 per cent) of enrollments from over 1.4 million registered Indians fall into this category.
The degree taps into potential data scientists who are unable to take a traditional education path by reimagining graduate-level education as a “stackable” degree.
Daphne Koller, president and co-founder of Coursera, said, “Many of India’s largest employers are technology companies and the country’s startup community is growing fast. There is a huge demand for high-tech skills that can be gained quickly and without taking time to step away from the job market to go back to school. The MCS-DS degree combines an education in the most high demand career skills with an entirely new educational structure that empowers the student with choices in how to pursue his or her education.”