An exciting educational milestone has occurred. On the 14th May 2013, it was announced that MOOC provider Udacity has partnered with AT&T and Georgia Tech to offer students an affordable graduate degree, the Online Masters of Science in Computer Science.
This educational breakthrough is groundbreaking. Georgia Tech’s site explains that they are “committed to fully incorporating disruptive technologies (i.e. MOOCs) and “to extend access to high-quality education to an exponentially larger number of people”.
The degree will be delivered in the massive online format, is the first of its kind and will bring together professionals from academia, industry, and MOOC. Although Georgia Tech has yet to publicize the actual program cost, they plan to offer it for under $7,000, which is considerably less than any other traditional on-campus or online graduate degree. The timeframe that students are expected to complete the program will vary from three to six years, with a possibility of longer. The goal for first enrollment is set for Fall 2014.
Admissions are that of the traditional route, with all relevant documentation and the requirement of either a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or a related Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution. Applicants are also not required to take the GRE.
More information can be found at Georgia Tech’s Frequently Asked Questions.