MS in Data Science from Univ of Colorado - Boulder "Performance-based Admissions"

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  1. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    I came across an MS in Data Science program from Univ of Colorado - Boulder that's starting up next January in partnership with Coursera. What's interesting here is the "performance-based admissions" aspect, which seems to imply no bachelor's degree will be required. I could be wrong, and the program won't be available until next Spring. If I'm reading this right, I'm not sure I've come across another RA master's program that allowed one to gain admission without a bachelor's.

    Anyway, aside from admissions, it looks to be an interesting program (i.e. complete 30, 1-credit courses to earn the MS).

    https://www.coursera.org/degrees/master-of-science-data-science-boulder
     
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  2. nomaduser

    nomaduser Active Member

    Interesting... University of Texas at Austin's MS in Data Science program also offers 'non-traditional' admission for those who don't have a bachelor's degree in computer science. However, those top university programs are not easy to finish. They said if you get GPA below 3.0, you'll be kicked out of their program.
     
  3. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    As noted above, there’s no mention of a bachelor’s degree of any kind (let alone one in CS) being required for admission. Pass your first three, 1 credit courses and you’re in. That said, I’d expect a degree from a top university to be rigorous.
     
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  4. nomaduser

    nomaduser Active Member

    I'm actually very excited about this program. It looks like the only top university MS program that comes with performance-based admission..
    Now the only problem is the pricing. If they price it $10k just like UofT Austin MSc Data Science program, I'd apply ASAP. I see their MSc Electrical Engineering program costs $20k. I hope this data science program won't cost that much. Most of online MSc in Data Science now costs $10k.
     
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  5. Seylan

    Seylan New Member

    Yes, around $10k would be a great price. It seems like most online engineering programs are priced fairly high.
     
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  6. Dustin

    Dustin Active Member

    I'm still waiting for this one! $667 a credit and 30 credits = $20K. Looks really interesting.
     
  7. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    Appears to be an interesting program. Hopefully someone on the forum applies and can give insights into it.
     
  8. DrSchmoe

    DrSchmoe New Member

    I saw you started at Eastern. The CU-Boulder program is now coming to fruition (May). Are you considering transferring? Another $10k in tuition isn't much considering the higher pay you'd get over your lifetime with a nationally-ranked school. I've narrowed it down to Eastern and this one. I've applied to UT as well, but I'm not counting on getting in.
     
  9. Dustin

    Dustin Active Member

    The UC-Boulder program looks good, but I'll stick where I am. Eastern is now in their third semester of running their MSDS and they had to fix a lot of bugs in the first 3 courses. They lost at least one student (who was disenrolling when I started) and possibly others due to the bugs, but they've all been worked out now and students haven't had any issues. My first course went without a hitch.

    I wouldn't want to trade that understanding of the process for something totally new that might have issues, even though the name recognition is better.
     
  10. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    UT-Austin would be a phenomenal resume booster. Their MSCS and MSDS are new programs but I’d expect them to be rather exceptional.
     
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  11. asianphd

    asianphd Member

    I have contacted them and they said they are planning to offer a Quantum Computing class for the MSCS. I have registered my interest in them. Personally, I enrolled already in the MLAI at IIITB + LJMU from Upgrad. I have not paid for the MSc portion (about $3000) and the UT-Austin program is really interesting tbh.
     
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