Hello everyone, I’m new to this site, but in the couple days I’ve been on here, this place seems like a fantastic place for advice! I stumbled upon a message board discussion dealing with Master Analytics degrees from such universities as UC Berkeley (MS in Data Science) and Northwestern University’s Masters in Predictive Analytics. The costs of these programs is quite considerable (50k to 60k), and to be blunt, from reading student reviews, the actual education portion of the programs do not seem anywhere worth the cost. It appears you are paying mainly for the name on the diploma. However, with that said, I believe the NU degree clearly states it is from the school of continuing studies and I’m not sure of its’ reputation. I know there are tons of certificates available online through sites like Coursera (data science specialization through John Hopkins), certificates in Predictive Analytics from UCI, data mining from UCSD etc. Thus, my question is as follows, those in the industry, or who have taken a master’s degree in something like predictive analytics, what are your thoughts on a degree from these master’s programs (or similar ones like NCSU) versus a lot of specialization certificates? I’m still somewhat unsure of my ultimate career goals (I’m currently a senior forecast analyst) but know I would like them to be centered in deep dive analytics and utilizing programs like R, SAS, etc. Would I be better served to get certificates in predictive analytics, R, etc and then get a masters in full blown statistics program (like the one at Penn State? Penn State Online | Master of Applied Statistics) Any insight would be greatly appreciated.