The legendary Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS) reached 8,672 students this term and the number of graduates so far exceeds 2,000. It includes learners representing all 50 U.S. states and nearly 120 different countries.
“Each year over 1,000 are graduating and this number can reach 1,500 in two or three years,” explained Zvi Galil to IBL News — Galil is the Dean of the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing and creator of the OMSCS program.
The number of programs that are following in the footsteps of OMSCS now exceeds 40, as explained in recent research.
The number of undergraduate students on Introduction to Computing Using Python (or CS1301) who are taking it online is 297 compared to 247 who take it in the regular sections.
The Online Master of Science in Computer Science program started in 2014, and it was the first degree of its kind to operate entirely a MOOC platform for course delivery (Udacity). The program began with 380 students.
The Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS) program was the first degree of its kind to operate entirely on the massive online, or MOOC, a platform for course delivery.
Its success inspired Georgia Tech to launch two additional degrees (on edX). The OMS Analytics degree began in Fall 2017 with 250 students; this semester’s enrollment is 1,500. The OMS Cybersecurity degree launched in January with about 250 students.
“OMSCS has been successful beyond our imagination. Our success really has rested on the faculty, who overwhelmingly approved OMSCS and then enthusiastically executed the program,” said Zvi Galil.
“This was all uncharted territory, and Georgia Tech has achieved accessibility through affordability and technology.”