Georgia Tech's online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMS CS) represents the first attempt by an accredited U.S. university to offer an advanced degree program exclusively through the massive-online delivery format. Created in 2013 in collaboration with Udacity and AT&T, the OMS CS program is intended to greatly expand access to elite computing education through both its delivery mechanism and its greatly reduced price—less than $7,000 for most students. The first OMS CS students began coursework in January 2014, and Georgia Tech intends to grow the program gradually until it becomes financially self-sustaining from revenues generated both by degree-seeking students and others seeking non-credit certificates. Overall, OMS CS represents a collaboration among leaders in education, MOOCs and industry to apply the disruptive power of massive-online teaching to widen the pipeline of high-quality, educated talent needed in computer science fields. In his talk, Dean Galil will provide an overview of the program and help the audience consider implications of this instructional model for universities, students and employers.
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