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Online Master of Science in Analytics Degree to be Offered for Less Than $10,000

Top 10-ranked program will be offered in collaboration with edX

Jan 12, 2017

The Georgia Institute of Technology has announced a new online master of science degree that be will offered at a quarter of the cost of its on-campus program. The Institute’s top 10-ranked program in analytics will be delivered in collaboration with edX, the leading nonprofit MOOC provider.

Tuition for Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Analytics (OMS Analytics) degree will be available for less than $10,000 beginning in August. The residential program ranges from $36,000 for in-state students to $49,000 for out of state.

OMS Analytics will accept 250 students for the first semester and will grow over time as the program scales to meet demand and student needs. Full-time students can complete the program in one year, and most working professionals can earn the degree in two. Applications will be available Thursday, Jan. 12.

The new degree program will follow the same model as Georgia Tech’s highly successful online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMS CS) program that demonstrated to the world that quality education could be accessible at a lower price. OMS CS launched in 2014 and currently enrolls nearly 4,000 students.

“The field of data analytics is growing very fast. It is applicable in practically all forms of business from retail to health,” said Rafael L. Bras, provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs and K. Harrison Brown Family Chair. “We have far more qualified applicants than our residential program can admit. Building on our pioneering and very successful OMS CS program, Georgia Tech will continue to innovate by offering unique access to top-quality education at an affordable price, particularly for working professionals.”

The top 10-ranked analytics degree program is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering, College of Computing and Scheller College of Business.

“It is a national imperative for universities to offer high-quality degree programs at an affordable price and Georgia Tech has developed a model that delivers the rigor of the campus curriculum to online students world-wide,” said Gary S. May, dean of the College of Engineering and Southern Company Chair. “OMS Analytics gives professionals access to world-class faculty and instruction at a competitive tuition rate. Learners will benefit from the intersection of technology, leadership, decision-making, and innovation, which are highly sought after traits for engineers and business leaders.”

The OMS Analytics program will launch with two focused tracks: big data and analytical tools. A third, business analytics, will eventually be available. Georgia Tech is ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report and QS World University Rankings in computer science, quantitative analysis in business, and statistics and operational research.

“The degree is among the first truly interdisciplinary graduate programs of its kind,” said Joel Sokol, OMS Analytics program director and associate professor in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. “Analytics has quickly become a key facet of business strategy because it ties together new opportunities through computing, advanced quantitative methods and the need for better business intelligence and decision support.”

All OMS Analytics courses will be designed and produced for online delivery by Georgia Tech Professional Education via edX.org.

Three of Georgia Tech’s OMS Analytics foundational courses will form the Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods MicroMasters program on edx.org. MicroMasters courses will be free to enroll and open to anyone. Learners who want to showcase their knowledge will be able to earn a MicroMasters certificate as a standalone credential for $1500.

“With the Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods MicroMasters program, learners around the world will have access to high-quality courses and expertise from Georgia Tech’s top-ranked program,” said Anant Agarwal, edX CEO and MIT professor. “Our collaboration with Georgia Tech to deliver the MicroMasters program and the OMS Analytics master’s degree will help learners gain in-demand skills to advance their careers in affordable, flexible and accessible ways. We are proud to work with Georgia Tech as we further our mission to increase access to education and improve learners’ lives.”

Applications for the Georgia Tech OMS Analytics degree program will be available Thursday, Jan. 12. Additional details on the Georgia Tech OMS Analytics program can be found at http://omsanalytics.gatech.edu/.

Courses in the Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods MicroMasters program will be open for enrollment shortly. More information can be found at http://blog.edx.org/gt-top-analytics-program.