A MOOC-like Open Online Master Program, Free or Accredited at low-cost

15 May, 2013

Online Master program in Computer Science (OMS CS) was announced yesterday by Georgia Tech at two levels. Courses in the program will be free through Udacity’s site, made up of video lectures and computer-graded assignments. Students who want credit or a degree will have to apply for admission to the university and pay tuition; they will get access to teaching assistants and even, in some cases, have their assignments graded by people.

The fees put a top-ranked computer-science program at a price point comparable to a typical community college—about $134 per credit, compared with the normal rates at Georgia Tech of $472 per credit for in-state students and $1,139 per credit for out-of-state students. The program is expected to take most students three years to complete, and cost less than $7,000. The university and Udacity will split the revenue from the paying students, with 60 percent going to Georgia Tech and 40 percent to Udacity.

According to Mr.R. Bras, the university’s provost,  the program “is going to be as hard and at a level of excellence of a regular degree.” And students on the degree track will  take tests in person at one of 4,000 proctored testing centers run by Pearson VUE.

Here is the fact sheet released as Q&A: http://www.omscs.gatech.edu/faq/

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