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Prepare for a Career in Data Science with the MCS-DS

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If you’re looking to use big data to understand the world, discover new insights, and optimize your decision-making, the Master of Computer Science in Data Science is the program for you. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is home to one of the top five computer science graduate degrees in the United States. Read on:

The same degree as on campus.

The MCS-DS is made up of 8 courses and builds expertise in four core areas of computer science: data visualization, machine learning, data mining and cloud computing. The program is 100% online, so you can learn anywhere and anytime but still get the same exact degree that you’d receive on campus. With the ability to complete the courses at your own pace (12-36 months) – the program is perfect for professionals, working parents, or those who are balancing other commitments while pursuing higher education. Because the MCS-DS is grounded in computing fundamentals, students will learn the deep skills needed to work with today’s massive datasets.

Learn from the best.

The MCS-DS faculty will teach you about new statistical and computational tools that are transforming business and society today. Learn from a team of instructors who have produced seminal research in data science and have created rigorous curriculum. You will gain knowledge in the most cutting-edge skills like machine learning and cloud computing that will give you a leg up in the field.

Join the ranks of Nobel Prize Winners.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign boasts 24 Nobel prize winners within alumni and faculty. Once you graduate, you’ll be part of one of the largest U.S. alumni organizations with over 425,000 members.

Demand for skilled labor in data science is high.

MCS-DS graduates will be uniquely qualified to enter one of the highest paying and in-demand career tracks in the industry today. IBM predicts that demand for data scientists will rise by 28% by 2020, making it one of fastest growing jobs today. The average salary for a data scientist is $120,931 and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has the 7th most graduates hired by Silicon Valley employers.

Who could benefit from a data science master’s degree?

A master’s degree is a great next step if you already have experience in almost any profession and are interested in analytics and advanced technology, and want to dive into the world of data science. You might also be a recent graduate with a degree in IT, engineering, or technology, but don’t have any work experience. The MCS-DS will make you a stand-out applicant and some courses offer the chance for internships and industry placements to help you gain experience and make contacts.

Get started on your application today! Deadline to apply to May cohort is February 15: http://bit.ly/2CYJwV6

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