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U-M Regents approve new applied data science master's degree

MADS announcement lobby

Thursday, 07/19/2018

In response to the huge demand for people with experience in applied data science, the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved a new online graduate degree in the ever-growing field at its July 19, 2018 meeting. 
The School of Information Master of Applied Data Science degree to be offered on the Coursera platform is one of two new online master’s degrees and a master track program announced in March. As proof of the demand, in the few short months since that joint announcement by U-M and the online learning platform, the program has generated over 25,000 inquiries. According to Coursera officials, the number of inquiries in such a short time greatly surpassed their expectations. 
“The approval of this new degree moves us closer to our goal of extending access to professional education outside the conventional residential environment,” said UMSI Dean Thomas A. Finholt. “The demand for data scientists has grown dramatically in the past decade and it will continue to grow far beyond our capacity to accommodate students in a traditional classroom setting. The fact that we have had nearly 22,000 expressions of interest in the program since it was announced four months ago is a powerful indication that there is huge body of prospective students whom we could not reach or serve before.”

Before the program is official, one final approval is needed from the Michigan Association of State Universities. The program, which has been under development over the past 18 months, is expected to enroll its first students in Fall 2019.

Prospective students: To be added to the interest list, visit

- UMSI News Service