OMSCS at Georgia Tech for Technical Development of Data Scientists

I’ve looked at and used a range of training resources for software engineers and machine learners. For some, the quality can be poor and the value dubious.

But one resource that really stands above the rest – this one is world class, with very high value, is the OMSCS at Georgia Tech.

If you don’t know already, OMSCS stands for the Online Masters of Science in Computer Science. Georgia Tech has partnered with Udacity to deliver courses online for those who want to study – at the post-graduate level – computer science. If you take 10 courses the will give you a MS in CS. But keep in mind it is one of the top computer science departments in the US, and is not easy.

Their mission is to make education accessible to more people, and they do so by charging the fees at cost. The entire degree costs ~US$7k.

The program is part-time – the most aggressive schedule would be 5 courses in a 12 month period – so can be completed in 2+ years.

If an engineer has some background in basic object oriented programming, networking, relational databases and some prior exposure to memory management and Python, then it should be possible to get through the course work. (Check out the OMSCS subreddit for admission stats)

At one course per semester, it would be a ~3 year effort. And would comprise a significant technical development path for any relatively junior machine learner.

Not too bad for technical development. USD$7k and 3 years, part-time!