Master of Computer Science in Data Science

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Master of Computer Science in Data Science

This fully online professional master’s degree equips learners with knowledge from Illinois faculty who have produced seminal research in data science. MCS-DS graduates will be uniquely qualified to enter one of the highest paying and in-demand career tracks in the industry today.

About the MCS-DS

Students gain graduate-level expertise in four core areas of computer science: data visualization, machine learning, data mining and cloud computing. At the same time, they can build valuable skill sets in statistics and information science with courses taught in collaboration with the University’s Department of Statistics and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  They will finish well-versed in the new statistical and computational data science tools that are transforming business and society.

First MOOC-Supported Data Science Master’s Degree—Flexibility to Learn on Your Schedule

The MCS-DS combines the established online assessment of the longstanding online MCS program with Coursera’s MOOC approach to learning that breaks up long classroom lectures into shorter, focused video lessons. Each MCS-DS semester-long course consists of two short 4-6 week MOOCs along with an exclusive credit component that provides students with guidance on assignments, exams, and projects from Illinois faculty and teaching assistants. Students can complete the eight courses required for the MCS-DS at their own pace, within a five-year window. 

Excellence, Relevance, and Affordability—Supporting Our Land-Grant Mission

Computer Science graduate programs at Illinois are among the top five in the nation. Incorporating the Coursera MOOC platform enables Illinois to offer the MCS-DS and the expertise and guidance of its faculty to a larger, more diverse online community than ever before. With a tuition of only $19,200*, the MCS-DS is the most affordable gateway to one of the most lucrative and fastest growing careers of the new millennium. 

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was established by the Morrill Act which launched the nation’s land grant universities, and Illinois was the first land-grant university to partner with Coursera to help achieve its educational mission to provide top-quality education to as many as possible. 

*Additional Coursera ID Verification, ProctorU and Amazon Web Services fees may apply. 

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With a full tuition of only $19,200, the MCS-DS is the most affordable gateway to one of the most lucrative and fastest growing careers. 

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Fully Online
Flexibility to learn anywhere. Completely online, including all course and group work plus faculty office hours so you can discuss material, ask questions, or get help.

This degree will go far beyond recorded classroom lectures to offer the same educational rigor as the Illinois on-campus program.

Learners have the option to take one course, or several courses for a Coursera certificate, or complete the curriculum needed to earn the master's degree.

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