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U.C. Berkeley to Offer Online Master’s Program in Data Analytics

Friday, August 9, 2013

In an effort to address the surging demand for data professionals who are schooled in the use of big data, the University of California at Berkeley is launching a Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) program online.

“This new degree program is in response to a dramatically growing need for well-trained big-data professionals who can organize, analyze and interpret the deluge of often messy and unorganized data available from the Web, sensor networks, mobile devices and elsewhere,” says AnnaLee Saxenian, dean of U.C. Berkeley’s School of Information (I School), home to the new program.

The MIDS program is currently accepting applicants and will open its virtual doors to students this January. A maximum of 30 students will be admitted for 2014, according to Saxenian, who says the I School is intentionally limiting the initial class size in order to provide the sort of “high-touch, high-quality interactive program that replicates the quality of education that students get on campus.”

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Source: Information Management

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