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    Here's edx's launch post (sept 20):
    MicroMasters Programs: a New Credential to Advance Your Career and Accelerate Your Master

    and from Bloomberg 2 days ago:
    New at MIT: Learn First, Pay Later (or Never) - Bloomberg

    Highlight- "MIT, the originator of the MicroMasters, launched its pilot program in supply chain management earlier this year. It involves five courses lasting 10 weeks each, requiring eight to 10 hours of work per week per course. The school says 27,000 students enrolled, of whom 3,500 are working toward a certificate. By contrast, only 40 students are admitted each year to MIT's traditional, 10-month master's degree in supply chain management."
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    I love the idea, but the problem in my opinion is that none of these feed into any distance learning masters program.

    Feels like a missed opportunity for many of these schools

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    Danger, Will Robinson! (Robot B-9 - Lost in Space) A micro-master's could lead to a nano-doctorate ... or worse, a pico-fellowship!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ_Atlanta View Post
    none of these feed into any distance learning masters program
    Look under the descriptions of these Micro-Masters again. Seems like some of these (SCM, Project Management for instance) can be transferred to a Master's degree.

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    hmmmmmmmm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msganti View Post
    Look under the descriptions of these Micro-Masters again. Seems like some of these (SCM, Project Management for instance) can be transferred to a Master's degree.
    The Supply Chain Management is on campus, not distance learning, and I believe the RIT is as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ_Atlanta View Post
    The Supply Chain Management is on campus, not distance learning, and I believe the RIT is as well
    From the RIT master's page: Project Management MS | RIT Online
    RIT courses are available online or on campus.
    While it might not be a 100% online degree, if the majority of work can be done online, it might still be useful to some (considering the name value of the schools).

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    Still a missed opportunity to me. Having a low cost teaser product that doesn't feed into an upsell is a missed opportunity; especially the foreign schools on a predominantly US site

    Perhaps more will do so if the popularity increases

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    In general, fields like data science are multi disciplines, which involves computer science (machine learning), statistics, and domain knowledge (usu . Business for business analytics).

    Micro master from moocs usually will not touch on commercial softwares like SPSS Statistics and Modeler. They may touch more on open source technologies like R and Python, Apache Spark. SPSS and SAS should usually be covered in master degree, at least for mine.

    A specialized certificate in statistic is certainly not going to supersede someone with statistics master degree, likewise a micromaster cert in artificial intelligence is not going to win a person with machine learning master. But these certificates can help people who already have degrees in one field say machine learning to know more about another field like statistics. As such, the person is able to handle task involves statistics and discusses advanced data science challenge with another statistician to reduce communication barrier. If not why can't a micromaster transfer credits fully to get a full master degree without further study.

    In a master programme, because it is not an undergraduate degree, your classmates can already be working adults with years of experiences. if you are able to work with him in your course projects and passed out with a same master degree with him/her, I do not think you really lack too much skills. This may be the reason that some job requirement stated a bachelor degree with n years of experience or a master degree with n-2 years of experiences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lagu88 View Post
    A specialized certificate in statistic is certainly not going to supersede someone with statistics master degree, likewise a micromaster cert in artificial intelligence is not going to win a person with machine learning master.
    For highly competitive positions this is true. A certificate/micro-masters may not sway the hiring manager at Google. But there are a large number of smaller and mid-size employers (and even divisions of larger companies) that don't attract people with a Masters in Machine Learning/AI or even CS. Sometimes they just cannot offer a competitive enough salary.

    For my own company we hired a data analytics manager. But our budget was significantly less than a company that has a more robust analytics program. Predictably, he stuck around for a little while and then bounced as soon as someone offered him more money. Different companies invest in different areas. We pour most of our money into software developers and engineers (as well as welders on the operations side). When the business decision comes up as to whether we pay data analytics folks more or hire an additional engineer or software developer it almost invariably ends with the latter choice.

    I say this because there is this conventional, and wrong, wisdom that a person with a Masters in discipline X is automatically further ahead in the hiring decision than the person with only a bachelors in discipline X. And, in this case, that a person without Masters in discipline X is irreparably impeded against a candidate with a Masters in discipline X.

    It simply isn't true in the bulk of U.S. corporate hiring. For many of these roles the skill, not the degree, is what is sought. If you can demonstrate that skill, very often through work history , without a degree you are going to be given a solid chance.

    If you have a BA in English and years of experience working in analytics at a respected firm no one is likely going to look at your resume and say "Pfft...I don't need an English major in this role." Work experience and demonstrable skill trump work credentials. That's why many people with diploma mill degrees tend to get away with it for so long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neuhaus View Post

    Skills trump degrees. Always have and likely always will. The most solid combination is to have degrees and skills.
    This should be the motto of this forum and of every school of higher education in the world. So many "kids" are coming out of school today with expensive degrees, but they have no skill/experience at all, want big money to start somewhere, then complain when it doesn't happen. For the last 17 years I served as the top executive for my employer. When the owner retired I bought the organization and now serve as its owner and president When I look at resumes, I look for experience first, academic credentials second. Truthfully, the only reason I care about the academic credentials is because at least for today, I need them for inclusion on the organizational bio. As a related aside, I also utilize pre-employment screening to assess logic and reasoning skills, math, reading comprehension, general aptitude, etc. You'd be shocked at how many college grads can't pass the assessments.
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    Micro-Masters update: edX adds programs

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