- 100% online  (you do have to visit the campus for a week during the course)
- Total price tag: $60,000 (Yes, pretty steep)
- You can finish in 1-2 years depending on how much you can do
- You must take the GRE or GMAT. No exceptions. I asked them. You also need to apply to this like any regular MS program which means good GPA (3+ min but you must have great work experience etc)
- Here is the curriculum in case you are interested 
Overall, I was very interested in this due to the berkeley brand and 100% online offering. But 60K seems too steep to invest and not to mention that I have to take GRE/GMAT. After being in the industry (real world) for 10+ years, I am just not interested in any of these exams. So I am passing. Will look for cheaper options.
Forgot to mention that they are aggressively selling this. The counselor called me like 15 times (literally) before I responded.
I would rather pay that kind of money for a brand name if I will actually make connections with people in real life.
Just having a piece of paper from a reputable institution with no real human connection is just not worth the price in my opinion.
This is based on my assumption that I do make better connections with people in real life compared to virtual setups.
I hate the feeling pay to play of a lot of our higher-level education as it seems that what you learn has nothing to really do with where you learn it.
Of course, if you're competent and work hard, you can probably build your own job from scratch in any number of software and technology fields.
Anyway, that probably wasn't a useful addition to my point. I believe you're more likely to get hired for a good company if somebody within the company knows you, and you're more likely to know people in good companies if you go to one of the "good" schools for your field. That doesn't happen with online degrees, no matter how prestigious the school.
in fact, most of the worthwhile resources are free, since this isn't a discipline that has really been taught at any level until recently, but draws from several.
As for full curricilums... I can't stand curriculums. It's like going to a buffet to eat some shrimp, lettuce, a slice of roast beef, some smashed potatas except they stack a bunch of other meals on top of it.
Also, FWIW, I was told it's not 100% online--you do have to come to campus for a week at some point
I would be interested, but I'm pretty unclear how much value a degree like this would have, and $60K is a lot of money.
Sounds depressingly like the real estate bubble before the financial crisis.
Just a quick overview of some of the problems they have:
- Poorly considered curriculum. Our data visualization class involved no d3js or training with data viz tools. Students were told to teach themselves the tools in their spare time while studying data viz theory (Edward Tufte, etc.) in class.
- Cost. There's absolutely no way to justify the $60k price tag, especially with no in-state tuition option.
- Choice of instructors. They're trying to increase the size of the program too quickly, while throwing in new instructors with zero teaching experience. These instructors also have part-time or full-time jobs outside of MIDS, so I didn't even get my grades back for assignments from the first month by two weeks before finals. It would often take a minimum of 2-4 weeks to get grades back.
I've officially withdrawn from MIDS, and I'm attending Zipfian this fall. I strongly recommend considering any and all alternatives to MIDS before even applying.
Not saying this is not a good company or that online education is not good - just that 2U is representing themselves as part of Berkeley Admissions.
Check this - http://2u.com/partners/berkeley/
Was contacted by this person when I wanted to learn more about the program, who's email signature looked like this:
datascience@berkeley Admissions Office
UC Berkeley School of Information
But he also works for 2U - maybe only for 2U - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/peter-wahlberg/67/800/27b
Again this admissions counselor and the company are innovating in the education space which is a good thing, but I do find it odd to misrepresent 2U employees as Berkeley admissions counselors - especially when I talked to him on the phone and he defended the $60k price tag by saying an MBA is $80k.
They do send the form to:
But as we all know if the form itself is in HTTP then it can be intercepted and modified to send the info to an attacker's own web-server making the fact that they're sending to a HTTPS-enabled server really rather meaningless.
HTTP form to HTTPS essentially breaks HTTPS's MITM protections, it only keeps the encryption somewhat in-place (although with a successful MITM the encryption is effectively disabled).
Yet they ask for a US college GPA to even get to the form? Little confused. Is that information used to determine your eligibility and why is there no "no clue" option? A GPA is a very US-centric thing.
Because even if you are the US but did not graduated there, you still can't apply.
After an awful experience with Northwestern's online analytics program, I don't want to touch any of these programs.
The program is based on weekly discussion board posts and a few exams per course. For the most part, I find myself attempting to put fluff into my posts rather than meaningful analysis.
There are "sync sessions" throughout the courses, but they don't occur every week. This is much unlike a MOOC, which provides a set of weekly lectures to view and gain understanding.
There was zero project work in my initial class and projects at or below the level of undergrad projects in more advanced courses.
I managed an A average while spending the absolute minimum amount of time on the class.
When paying 4,000 dollars per course, I had hoped that the instruction would be at the same level or better than that of a set of MOOCs. In the field of data science, I believe the time can easily be directed towards side projects for greater knowledge and similar employment prospects.
The real kicker here though is that these classes aren't open to other Berkeley students. There are general equivalents in the Stats department, in CS, and in the iSchool, but not tailored to generalists looking to add some kind of "Data Science" specialization. The curriculum is really walled off from the rest of the students, which is annoying because I want to take some of these classes.
Anyway, I think the real question here is how much opportunity cost you can avoid in the online format and the placement/salary you should expect coming out of it.
They didn't reply.
in G.Tech you CAN'T go on campus, although the degree is the same. I didn't hear of a decrease in the on campus program enrollment there.
I think that if GT will show profit and that it didn't hurt their on campus program (and that the program rigor is not affected) then other universities will have to follow.
I'm taking software dev process this semester, a bit of relaxation after advanced OS (good course, but not easy)
You don't have to "go anywhere" to complete it. The course load IS comprehensive. The tuition cost might be steep but in the end as the commenter said, it is cheaper and vastly superior to a MBA.
From what I gained, the partner also works with the likes of Duke and American U to bring the program online.. among others. Who cares & thank you partner. (http://2u.com/partners/)
This is the future and happens to be the future done right.