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Coursera Partners with UIUC to Launch a MOOC-Based Master’s Degree in Data Science

Almost a year ago, Coursera announced a partnership with University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign College of Business to offer its first online MBA — dubbed the “iMBA.” Now, Coursera and UIUC have teamed up again to offer a Master of Computer Science in Data Science (MCS-DS) degree online. According to U.S. News & World Report, UIUC is in the top five schools for Computer Science.

Similar to the iMBA, the MCS-DS is built on top of Coursera Specializations. Anybody can sign up for the Specializations, but students who are enrolled in the degree will also be expected to complete additional course assessments with access to guidance, feedback, and support from Illinois faculty and staff. The MCS-DS builds expertise in four core areas of computer science: data visualization, machine learning, data mining, and cloud computing; in addition, it builds valuable skill sets in statistics and information science through courses taught in collaboration with the university’s Department of Statistics and its iSchool.

The degree is expected to cost under $20,000, and learners can complete it in as little time as one year. Open for admissions today, the deadline to apply for the Master of Computer Science in Data Science degree is June 15, 2016. The first cohort of 150 will begin classes on August 22, 2016, with larger cohorts to be admitted in the following months.

Interested? You can find it here.