Data Science is the Fastest Growth Area in Computer Science

We now offer Data Science Courses

We now offer Data Science courses in the Software Development area of our Computer Professionals Master’s Program.  Data Science courses supplement the software development skills that our students already have or are working to improve. This includes the following core courses:

  • Big Data
  • Big Data Technologies
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence

Note: Students completing at least four of the above courses with a grade of “B” or better will also receive a Certificate of Completion in Data Science along with their MSCS degree.

Data science courses supplement the software development skills that our students already have or are working to improve.  Unless the student is already a strong software developer, has strong written and verbal English skills and an outstanding aptitude in college mathematics, or already has 3-4 years of solid data science or big data professional experience,  data science courses are usually best taken with two courses on campus and two courses during distance education.

Data science courses will help a software developer get involved with development projects that interface with data science.  Gradually, the developer can learn and experience more in the data science domain.  During a period of 3-4 years of employment, a developer might be able to shift his/her career path to that area.  MSCS graduates who completed the data science courses speak of a fulfilling career transition from software development to data science.  They report they were very happy they had four data science courses that helped facilitate moving in that direction.

Please note that our MSCS degree emphasizes advancing the skills of software development, and the data science courses complement that emphasis but do not replace it.  If a student has very little professional programming experience, it is important to focus on improving software development skills in order to be successful in the U.S. job market.  The data science courses will enhance a student’s professional growth, but the student must still master software development for maximum success.

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U.S. EMBASSY INTERVIEW WAITING TIMES AND MSCS APPLICATION PROCESSING TIMES

We have found that many countries have very delayed interview dates. Please see Visa Appointment Wait Times (state.gov) to find out the length of time to get an interview date for your country/city.

If the interview waiting time is more than 2 months, we encourage you to apply and complete your application immediately, even if you are planning to apply for a future entry. This way you can complete the application process, get your I-20, and then get an interview date. You must have an I-20 to get the interview date.  If the date is earlier than you plan to come to the U.S., you can always postpone your arrival date once you get the visa. We would just issue you a new I-20 for the entry date for which you plan to come.

For questions regarding this information, please contact our admissions office at admissionsdirector@miu.edu.

Ask Yourself These 5 Questions:

  1. Do you have a Bachelor's degree in a technical field? Yes or No?

  2. Did you have good grades in your Bachelor’s degree? Yes or No?

  3. Do you have at least 12 months of full-time, paid work experience as a software developer after your Bachelor’s degree? Yes or No?

  4. Are you currently working as a software developer? Yes or No?

  5. Are you available to come to the U.S. for classes (this program is not available online)? Yes or No?

If you answered ‘yes’ to all the above questions, you may apply (Although this does not guarantee that you will be accepted.)