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Audra Brown is a full-time instructional technologist at Clovis Community College in New Mexico who finds time to write a weekly humor column, run Longhorn and Black Angus cattle, and maintain her Taekwondo black belt. Thanks to the Georgia Institute of Technology’s groundbreaking Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMS CS) program, she’s also more than halfway through a journey that will, hopefully, end with her earning a degree that otherwise might have been out of reach.
Audra’s demanding schedule is unique to her, but her challenges are typical of many who seek to weave post-graduate education and professional development into their busy lives. For many years, Georgia Tech has been a leader in offering high-quality distance-learning programs geared to help those like her whose circumstances make a traditional, on-campus experience problematic.
We live in an amazing time. Without ever setting foot in the United States, someone on the other side of the world can access a course devised and taught by a world-class Georgia Tech faculty member in Atlanta. Judging by the success we’ve had with such offerings as our OMS CS degree and our MOOCs (massive open online courses), we know there’s a tremendous appetite around the globe to tap into the vast reservoir of knowledge and information that is so readily available. People who take advantage of these opportunities are highly self-motivated, so there are great opportunities for higher education to partner with them.
Georgia Tech’s newest endeavor to reach such learners will come in August 2017, when it will formerly launch an Online Master of Science degree in Analytics (OMS Analytics). For less than $10, 000, students from all over the world will be able to earn a top 10-ranked degree from a top 10-ranked institution with a cost that is one-quarter of on-campus degree programs. The courses will be delivered through edX, an online-learning destination and MOOC provider that offers high-quality courses from some of the world’s best universities and institutions to learners worldwide.
This new degree will build upon the success of our OMS CS degree, which was pioneered by Georgia Tech as the first program of its kind. At a cost of about $7, 000, the OMS CS continues to be a tremendous bargain compared to the cost of earning a similar degree via on-campus classes. Three years after its launch, the program’s enrollment has grown from 380 in its first cohort to more than 4, 500 students today, with 277 students graduated thus far and approximately 300 scheduled for graduation in May 2017.