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UMSI online MADS degree opens for winter admissions

Wednesday, 07/01/2020

Applications are now open for the winter cohort of UMSI’s online Master of Applied Data Science (MADS) program. The MADS program is currently the only UMSI program to offer a 100% online degree and the only program at UMSI with winter admissions.

The MADS degree was developed in collaboration with the U-M Office of Academic Innovation to meet the growing demand for people with experience in applied data science. It is offered on the Coursera platform, an online learning portal that features many additional University of Michigan and UMSI courses.

"Despite all the constraints and uncertainties during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud that MADS is able to provide a safe, flexible and rigorous option for our future data scientists,” said UMSI professor and MADS founding director Dr. Qiaozhu Mei.

Since the program began in Fall 2019, over 150 MADS students in 11 countries have begun their journeys in applied data science. MADS students have full access to UMSI’s academic and career resources as well as esteemed UMSI faculty.

"We've seen MADS applications continue to climb, and given what we know about the increasing demand for data scientists, this makes sense.” said Assistant Director of Academic Program Development Amy Homkes-Hayes. “We are proud to offer a program that meets this growing industry, and are adding a January application cycle to respond to this abundant interest. As we continue to grow the MADS program our commitment to offering a rigorous curriculum and strong student support continues to strengthen."

A series of live Q&A webinars for prospective students will begin on July 9 with a discussion on the program curriculum led by Homkes-Hayes, Mei and faculty member Dr. Christopher Brooks. Interested students can register here.

The MADS priority application deadline is August 17. Click here to learn more about application requirements.

-UMSI News Service