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Online Master of Science in Analytics

Now accepting applications for Spring 2019

Degree Overview

Understanding the vast quantities of data available in today’s markets is essential to developing a winning business strategy. With Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Analytics (OMS Analytics), you can build and strengthen your expertise to make yourself more valuable to a host of companies. 

Our interdisciplinary approach gives you the opportunity to learn from some of the most knowledgeable experts in the fields of business intelligence, statistics, and operations research, as well as big data and high-performance computing. 

The training you get with our OMS Analytics degree will leave you prepared to develop deep insights and sharpen your ability to work across disciplines to uncover the answers to the vast array of analytics problems you’ll encounter in your career. 

In order to approach analytics problems, you need to develop a broad set of interdisciplinary tools. The OMS Analytics program provides the foundations so you can: 

  • Identify an analytics problem. 
  • Tap into relevant data streams. 
  • Employ mathematical models. 
  • Execute an effective analytics project. 

Looking for the on-campus program? Visit the On-Campus Master of Science in Analytics page for more information. 

Program-at-a-Glance

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    $275 per credit hour
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    11 Courses
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    3 Tracks
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    Top 10 University
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    2-3 Years
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    Online 24/7

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Admissions

  • Admission Requirements
  • Admission Deadlines
  • How to Apply
  • International Students
Admission Requirements

Prerequisites 
For admission into the OMS Analytics program, all applicants are expected to have: 

1. An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. 

2. At least one college-level course or equivalent knowledge in: 

  • Probability/statistics 
  • Computer programming in Python at the level of CS 1301
  • Calculus and basic linear algebra** 

*Even if you have experience in some high-level language -- C, C++, Java, Python, FORTRAN -- it still would be helpful to take CS 1301 (free online) prior to starting the OMS Analytics coursework. 

**Applicants who lack a background in mathematics or computing may still be admitted. In these cases, students are expected either to learn the necessary materials on their own before beginning the program, or take one or more preparatory course after being admitted. 
 
Applicants who are selected for admission will be conditionally admitted into the degree program and must pass the two OMS Analytics foundational courses with a grade of B or better to be fully admitted. Students do not need to take these foundational courses before registering for other core or elective courses. However, we recommend students take at least one foundational course per semester in which they are enrolled until they are fully admitted to Georgia Tech. 

Online Application  
Admission is a competitive process and we carefully review all facets of your application. The information you include in your application assists our admissions committee in evaluating your potential for success in the program. Your application will not be reviewed until all of your supporting documents have been submitted.  

International Students  
For international graduate applicants, please review the international student’s tab for requirements.  

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Admission Deadlines

Due to program size constraints, we cannot guarantee that all applications submitted by the Regular Decision deadline will be considered for admission for the applied semester. However, all qualified applicants will be considered for enrollment in the following semester.  

Spring 2019 Enrollment: 
Early Decision Application Deadline:  July 15, 2018  
Regular Decision Application Deadline:  September 15, 2018  

Fall 2019 Enrollment:
Early Decision Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
Regular Decision Application Deadline: April 15, 2019

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How to Apply

Ready to apply? You're in the right place. Applications are accepted year-round.   

What You Need  
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:  

  • Official transcripts from each institution attended. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.  
  • Lawful Presence Document (U.S. Citizens Only). Applicants must verify their lawful presence in the United States prior to enrollment.  
  • English Proficiency (International Students Only). The language of instruction at Georgia Tech is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum test scores and expectations are found on our International Students tab.  
  • References. You will initiate the process through the online application by entering the name and email addresses of three references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to the recommender requesting a brief online recommendation. Please inform your references that they must submit the form for your application to be complete.  
  • Test Scores (Optional). You may choose to submit standardized test scores, most commonly GRE or GMAT. This is not required for admission into the program.  

Program-Specific Questions/Materials  

  • Personal Statements. Describe your specific career goals and objectives, the decision to pursue an advanced degree, and other information that may be useful to the admissions committee.   
  • Professional Resume. A listing of your professional experience and uploaded to the online application.  

Start Your Application  
You can submit your application to the program at any time of the year. If you have any questions during the application process, please check our Frequently Asked Questions or contact the  Student Services Team. We also have an instructional guide to help navigate through the online application process.

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Please set aside sufficient time — usually about two to three weeks — for Graduate Studies to receive and process your supporting documents. We cannot guarantee applications received after the deadline will be reviewed in time for the applied semester.  

Application Fee  
A non-refundable application fee must be paid online with a credit card or electronic check if you have a U.S. bank account. The application fee is $75 for U.S. applicants and $85 for international applicants. Your application will not be received until the fee is paid.  

Status Checking  
Once your application is completed and submitted, you may monitor its progress through CollegeNet’s online status check system (using the same CollegeNet user ID and password created when you applied).  

Technical Requirements  
There are technical requirements for our online degree program. Please review the technology requirements.  

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International Students

Georgia Tech considers you an international applicant if you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident, regardless of where in the world you live.  

The admissions criteria applied in evaluating international applicants are essentially the same as those for U.S. citizens. All application materials, including transcripts and recommendations, must be submitted online and in English. You are also required to submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score.  

International and domestic candidates that have relocated to the state of Georgia for purposes of full-time employment, as well as their spouses, may qualify for a waiver of the non-Georgia resident portion of tuition through the Economic Advantage Program. We strongly encourage all international applicants to submit application materials early to expedite the admissions process and to confirm eligibility for the Economic Advantage Program.  

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)  

Applicants must submit a valid TOEFL score if:  

  • They are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States.  
  • They are a citizen of a country where English is not the sole official language of instruction.*  
  • They have not successfully completed at least one year of study at an accredited university in the United States.  

*Countries where English is the sole official language of instruction include Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Canada — except Québec, Cayman Islands, Ghana, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, and Wales.  

TOEFL scores are valid for two years and the minimum required total score on the exam is 100 for the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT). For more information about these tests visit the ETS official TOEFL website.  

Transcripts  

All applicants to the OMS Analytics Program must hold a U.S. bachelor's degree or equivalent to be considered for admission. A three-year degree is not equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree. Neither professional designations nor work experience will count toward the fourth year of study. We're unable to make exceptions to this policy.  

The Georgia Tech Graduate Studies Office does not accept any private evaluation of academic documents. Official transcripts and degree documents must be submitted at the time of application and the Georgia Tech Graduate Studies Office will evaluate them.  

The Georgia Tech Graduate Studies Office requires the following documents from international applicants:  

  • Official native language transcripts  
  • Official English translation of the native language transcript  
  • Official native language degree documents  
  • Official English translation of the native language degree document 
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Cost & Aid

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Payments and Refunds
  • Financial Assistance
Tuition and Fees

Tuition                                     $275 per credit hour*  
Mandatory Fees*  
Institutional Fee                $194  
Technology Fee                 $107  

*Most OMS Analytics courses will be three-credit hours, with the exception of the six-credit hour practicum course.  
*Fees are assessed only for the terms in which students are enrolled in courses.  

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Payments and Refunds

All payments of tuition and fees are handled by the Bursar’s office. For deadlines and instructions on how to pay, please visit the student payment portal.   

The Georgia Tech Bursar’s Office processes refunds via EFT, also known as Direct Deposit, Monday through Friday. Refunds and overpayments are electronically disbursed to the student’s checking or savings account and should be in the students account on the following day or sooner. You are not always eligible for a refund when dropping a course, so please read over the refund policy.  

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Financial Assistance

Education Loans  
U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible for education loans. To learn more about graduate financial aid and loan programs, visit Georgia Tech’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.  

Employer Tuition Reimbursement  
Contact your employer’s human resources department for available tuition assistance programs and eligibility.  

The Post-9/11 GI Bill  
Effective August 1, 2011, qualified U.S. veterans may be eligible to receive financial support for tuition, mandatory fees, books, and housing. Additional information is available through the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Website.  

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Curriculum

Using multiple digital platforms and world-class instructors, you’ll have the opportunity to tailor your degree to your needs and interests by selecting a specialized degree track.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Accreditation
Accreditation

The Georgia Institute of Technology is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia Tech Institute of Technology. Additional information can also be found on the SACSCOC website.

NC-SARA Approval

The Institute has been approved by the state of Georgia to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establish comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.

Admissions
What is the admission criteria for the program?

For admission into the OMS Analytics program, all applicants are expected to have:

  1. An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.
  2. At least one college-level course or equivalent knowledge in:
  • Probability/statistics
  • Computer programming in Python at the level of CS 1301*
  • Calculus and basic linear algebra**

*Even if you have experience in some high-level language -- C, C++, Java, Python, FORTRAN -- it still would be helpful to take CS 1301 (free online) prior to starting the OMS Analytics coursework.

**Applicants who lack a background in mathematics or computing may still be admitted. In these cases, students are expected either to learn the necessary materials on their own before beginning the program, or take one or more preparatory course after being admitted. If you plan to take any preparatory courses before the program begins, we recommend you provide this information in your application packet, including course information and timeframe for completion.

Applicants who are selected for admission will be conditionally admitted into the degree program and must pass the two OMS Analytics foundational courses with a grade of B or better to be fully admitted. Students do not need to take these foundational courses before registering for other core or elective courses. However, we recommend students take at least one foundational course per semester in which they are enrolled until they are fully admitted to Georgia Tech.

If I meet the admission criteria, am I automatically admitted?

No applicant is automatically admitted into the program. All applications are reviewed by a faculty committee to ensure those admitted can succeed in the program. 

I don’t have the academic credentials for full admission now, but would like to work toward that. What advice do you have?

The best advice is to build up your background knowledge in probability and statistics, computer programming, calculus, and linear algebra. If you don't have much analytics-oriented background, gaining this knowledge will give you a preview of what the OMS Analytics curriculum will be like, and help position you for successfully maximizing your learning in our program. 

What is meant by official or unofficial transcripts? How do I submit them?

Official transcripts are delivered directly to Georgia Tech from your academic institution (certified PDFs or sealed, physical transcripts). Other forms or types of transcripts are considered unofficial.

You will have the option to upload additional supporting documents when submitting your online application (documents should be .pdf files). Note that if you do this, you will not need to mail your documents at this time. But if you are admitted, you will be asked to submit the official documents.

Secure electronic certified transcripts (E-transcripts) should be sent to transcripts@grad.gatech.edu. This is a special e-mail address only for secure electronic transcripts delivered via National Student Clearinghouse, eScrip-Safe, Parchment, and Truecopy Credentials. Please check with the registrar or records office at your college/university to see if they provide secure electronic certified transcript service. (Transcripts sent as email attachments are not accepted as official documents.)

Any documents that are not uploaded with your online application will need to be mailed in one envelope (with the name of the applicant as it appears on the application written on the front) to Graduate Studies. Please do not staple, clip, bind, brad, or tie your documents together. Leave all sheets loose, and stack them in order. This will speed up the processing of your application. Mail all documents to:

Graduate Studies
Georgia Institute of Technology
631 Cherry St., Room 318 
Atlanta, GA 30332-0321

Is there a cap on admissions?

There is no hard cap on admissions. However, Georgia Tech is limiting enrollments to 400 students per semester. This number will scale up over time. 

I don’t have a formal education. Do I qualify for the program?

No. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent, demonstrated academic excellence, and evidence of preparation in their chosen field sufficient to ensure successful graduate study are minimum requirements for applicants to graduate programs at Georgia Tech.

Do I need to submit proof of Lawful Presence?

Yes. In accordance with University System of Georgia policy, students admitted to Georgia Tech must verify their lawful presence in the United States prior to enrollment. Visit the Georgia Tech Graduate Studies website to learn more about the policy for U.S. and non U.S. citizens.

How do I submit criminal and academic misconduct history?

The OMS Analytics application will ask you to report your criminal and academic misconduct history and will be verified by Georgia Tech’s Office of Graduate Admissions.

Application Process
How are applications to the program evaluated?

All applications are reviewed by a faculty committee to ensure those admitted can succeed in the program. 

Are there any prerequisites to the program?

Yes. An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.

At least one college-level course or equivalent knowledge in:

  • Probability/statistics
  • Computer programming in Python at the level of CS 1301*
  • Calculus and basic linear algebra**

*Even if you have experience in some high-level language -- C, C++, Java, Python, FORTRAN -- it still would be helpful to take CS 1301 (free online) prior to starting the OMS Analytics coursework.

**Applicants who lack a background in mathematics or computing may still be admitted. In these cases, students are expected either to learn the necessary materials on their own before beginning the program, or take one or more preparatory course after being admitted. If you plan to take any preparatory courses before the program begins, we recommend you provide this information in your application packet, including course information and timeframe for completion.

What topics do I need to be familiar with to meet the math prerequisite?

To meet the math prerequisite, you’ll need to have covered:

  • Differentiation and integration in multiple variables
  • Basic linear algebra
  • Basic understanding of vectors and matrices, including how to add and multiply and how to invert a matrix

Some familiarity with eigenvalues and eigenvectors is also helpful.

What is the application deadline for the program?

Please review the Admissions Deadlines section for current application deadlines.

How can I apply?

Applications are accepted year-round. Please review the How to Apply section to ensure you have everything you need for a complete application.

What materials must be on file before the application is considered complete and can be evaluated?

Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application: 

  • Official transcripts from each institution attended. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time. 
  • Lawful Presence Document (U.S. Citizens Only). Applicants must verify their lawful presence in the United States prior to enrollment. 
  • English Proficiency (International Students Only). The language of instruction at Georgia Tech is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum test scores and expectations are found on our International Students tab. 
  • References. You will initiate the process through the online application by entering the name and email addresses of three references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to the recommender requesting a brief online recommendation. Please inform your references that they must submit the form for your application to be complete. 
  • Test Scores (Optional). You may choose to submit standardized test scores, most commonly GRE or GMAT. This is not required for admission into the program. 

Program-Specific Questions/Materials 

  • Personal Statements. Describe your specific career goals and objectives, the decision to pursue an advanced degree, and other information that may be useful to the admissions committee.  
  • Professional Resume. A listing of your professional experience and uploaded to the online application. 
Is a GRE or GMAT required?

Applicants are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores. If you have already the GRE or GMAT and believe your score may strengthen your application, feel free to submit it.

I'd like to apply to the OMS Analytics and the MS Analytics on campus at the same time. Can I submit just one application for both programs?

You will need to apply to the online program separately to be reviewed within that specific applicant poll. Our system currently does not allow you to submit two applications for the same program, same term.

Once you have submitted your application, contact Graduate Studies and request that they move you to the online application for the term you wish to apply. They can also add the recommendations you included in your original on-campus Analytics application to the online application.

Can I enroll in the OMS Analytics and another program at Georgia Tech at the same time?

Students may not be enrolled in the OMS Analytics and another Georgia Tech program at the same time. While we're exploring ways to offer the option of concurrent enrollment to OMS Analytics students in future, we are currently unable to do so. 

I have already applied to the Online Master of Science in Computer Science program. Can I apply to the OMS Analytics program at the same time? If so, do I need to submit new letters of recommendation for the OMS Analytics application?

We allow a maximum of two applications at the same time for any one term. You are required to follow the full application process for each program since you will be assessed for each program separately. Letters of recommendation must be specific to the program for which you’re applying. 

Will you accept the same letters of recommendation for the OMS Analytics that I submitted when I applied to the Online Master of Science in Computer Science program?

Your letters of recommendation must be up to date and specific to the program to which you are applying. You can use the same recommenders.

I have a Georgia Tech master's degree, so you already have my application documents on file. Do I have to send them to you again to apply to the OMS Analytics?

Yes. The admissions committee for this program reviews applications individually, so you will need to follow the full application process for the OMS Analytics program and submit all the required documentation even if you have already submitted it for a different degree.

International Applicants
Who is considered an international applicant?

Georgia Tech considers you an international applicant if you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident, regardless of where in the world you live.

What is the admissions process for international applicants?

International applications are evaluated in the same manner as U.S. applicants. Non-U.S. citizens may need to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. Application processing may take longer due to review of foreign academic transcripts and financial documents. We strongly encourage all international applicants to submit application materials early to expedite the admissions process.

Who is required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?

Applicants must submit a valid TOEFL score if: 

  • They are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. 
  • They are a citizen of a country where English is not the sole official language of instruction.* 
  • They have not successfully completed at least one year of study at an accredited university in the United States. 

*Countries where English is the sole official language of instruction include Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Canada — except Québec, Cayman Islands, Ghana, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, and Wales. 

TOEFL scores are valid for two years and the minimum required total score on the exam is 100 for the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT). For more information about these tests visit the ETS official TOEFL website

What is the minimum TOEFL score needed to be admitted?

The minimum required total score on the exam is 100 for the internet-based TOEFL (iBT).

Do I need to have my transcripts translated or converted?

You will be asked to provide an unofficial English translation of your transcript upon application. If your undergraduate institution does not grade on a 4.0 scale, you do not need to convert your GPA.

Cost and Aid
What are the tuition and fees for the program?

View current tuition and fees.

What kind of financial aid to you offer?

View current financial assistance options.

What is the payment schedule for the program?

All payments of tuition and fees are handled by the Bursar’s office. For instructions on how to pay, please visit the student payment portal.  

The Georgia Tech Bursar’s Office processes refunds via EFT, also known as Direct Deposit, Monday through Friday. Refunds and overpayments are electronically disbursed to the student’s checking or savings account and should be in the students account on the following day or sooner. You are not always eligible for a refund when dropping a course, so please read over the refund policy

Credit Transfer
I'm enrolled in a master's program at another university. May I transfer to OMS Analytics?

Transfer credit is generally not accepted. If you complete the Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods MicroMasters program through edX and choose to continue your studies in analytics, you may apply for advance standing credit. Courses from this edX MicroMasters program may be considered for credit, but Georgia Tech cannot guarantee that credit will be granted.

Can I get credit for courses I completed at another university?

We generally do not give credit for courses completed at other universities. However, you are welcome to include the information in your application, and we will review it if you are accepted into the program.

I graduated from the Online Master of Science in Computer Science program. Can I get credit for courses I completed as part of my degree requirement or do I have to repeat them for the OMS Science Analytics?

Course credits that have already been used for another degree cannot be used again for the OMS Analytics. However, you do not need to repeat the same courses for the OMS Analytics. Instead, you can select different courses to make up the required credit hours. 

I am currently enrolled as a non-degree seeking student in the Online Master of Science in Computer Science program. Will those courses count for the OMS Analytics?

You can get credit for relevant courses completed as part of the Online Master of Science in Computer Science if the credit has not already been used for another degree. 

Can OMS Analytics courses be applied to Ph.D. programs at Georgia Tech?

It depends on the Ph.D. program in question. The decision to accept OMS Analytics courses is up to the home department of the Ph.D. program in which the student is interested. 

I am currently enrolled in a Georgia Tech master's program. Can I transfer to the OMS Analytics?

We require all applicants to follow the same application process, so you will need to submit an application for the OMS Analytics program and follow the full application process. You can get credit for relevant courses completed as part of your master’s program if the credit has not already been applied to another degree. 

I am currently enrolled in the Online Master of Science in Computer Science program and would like to transfer to the OMS Analytics. Can I transfer get credit for the courses I completed so far?

We require all applicants to follow the same application process, so you will need to submit an application for the OMS Analytics program and follow the full application process. You can get credit for relevant courses completed as part of the Online Master of Science in Computer Science if the credit has not already been applied to another degree. 

Curriculum
Where can I find the curriculum? How does it compare with the on-campus degree?

The curriculum represents a subset of the on-campus curriculum, allowing for a full MS in analytics. Visit the Curriculum page to view all requirements.

What tracks are available?

The OMS Analytics degree is tailored to the learner’s interests and goals through the selection of a specialized degree track. Analytical Tools, Computational Data Analytics, and Business Analytics are the tracks that are currently available.

What are the foundational courses?
  • CSE 6040 - Computing for Data Analytics
  • ISYE 6501 - Introduction to Analytics Modeling
  • MGT 8803 - Introduction to Business for Analytics
What are the technical requirements for the OMS Analytics curriculum?

We highly recommend OMS Analytics students have access to a broadband or other high-speed internet connection. Some courses may also require the use of a headset with a microphone and webcam. Using your mobile device, iPad, or tablet as the primary or only device is not recommended. Review our technology requirements for more information on more specific platform requirements.

How many courses may I take at one time?

Full-time students may take up to six courses at a time, and must take both foundational courses in their first semester.

Part-time students may take only up to two courses until they pass their foundational requirement.

Once fully admitted, the maximum number of hours a part-time student may take is nine hours a semester (three courses). Be advised that each course is just as rigorous as its on-campus equivalent. We recommend that OMS Analytics degree-seeking students working full-time while taking courses enroll in no more than two courses simultaneously.

Can I get a copy of the syllabi for the courses?

We are able to share the curriculum overview and course descriptions. Syllabi for each course will be available at a later date and will be shared with successful candidates who are admitted to the program. 

Are students expected to know R and Python? What courses focus on them?

Both R and Python will be taught in introductory core courses, so all students will be exposed to both languages from early on in the program. For advanced coursework, students will be expected to be familiar with R and Python. The course ISYE 6501 includes R, and the course CSE 6040 includes Python. Both ISYE 6501 and CSE 6040 are introductory courses, so students will be exposed to R and Python early on in the program.   

Do any courses focus on big data tools such as Hadoop/spark?

Yes. These tools are covered in the required core course, CSE 6242 Data and Visual Analytics, so every student will have the opportunity to learn about them.

My employer is supporting my degree and I plan to do the practicum at my company. What information needs to be shared between my employer and Georgia Tech to verify I did the internship?

The practicum is 10-15 weeks depending on the semester. We would need the following:

  • a verification from your employer before the start of the practicum
  • a general write-up of the project topics (not including any proprietary information) at the start of the practicum
  • a verification at the end of the practicum from your employer, including some feedback on student performance
  • a general write-up of what was done for the project (again not including any proprietary information)
How much time can I expect to spend on reading, course assignments, etc.?

This is difficult to estimate, since all students have different learning styles. A general rule is three hours a week per credit hour, in addition to viewing the course videos. Therefore, someone taking two courses at three credit hours each can expect to spend roughly 18 to 20 hours per week on coursework.

Will I be required to purchase textbooks?

Most course materials will be provided free of charge online, however some courses may require additional purchases for materials.

How does the student workload for the OMS Analytics compare to a residential degree? How many hours a week will students spend on it?

The total workload is the same for the online program as the residential program. The weekly or hourly workload depends on whether students are full-time or part-time, and how quickly students wish to complete the program. We consider students to be full-time if they are not employed and can dedicate the majority of their time to the program. Part-time students are those who have full-time jobs and cannot dedicate themselves full-time to the program. 

About Online Learning
What type of instructor contact will I have? Email, phone, chat?

There will be a tiered structure of human support for students, typically involving electronic (email, discussion board) interaction with course personnel, including the instructor of record.

Are courses taught at specific times or can I learn at my own pace?

The courses are typically taught asynchronously, which means learners access and study content anytime, anywhere.

However, there may be synchronous virtual office hours with faculty and teaching assistants or for group project meetings, which students may need to attend in real time. These sessions are often recorded for later access.

Exams, in general, are open for a period of time, during which students take the exam in a shorter time period. For example, you would have two hours within a 48-hour period to take the exam.  

How will you guarantee academic honesty?

All exams on the edX platform utilize an online proctoring solution. Students in these courses are expected to comply with the Georgia Tech Academic Honor Code.

How will you handle grading? Will each student be evaluated individually by a human being, or is there an automated process?

Grading is the privilege and responsibility of Georgia Tech’s instructors. We use current and new strategies to encourage academic integrity, including visually verifying your identity against a government issued identity card or passport. We leverage MOOC technology to automate aspects of the grading process, using a significant portion of the tuition to support the scaling of student evaluation through such technologies. Similar techniques already are in use at Georgia Tech to handle grading in classes with very large enrollments.

General Program Information
How many total credit hours are required for the OMS Analytics program?

The degree requires a minimum of 36 credit hours (12 courses) for completion.

How long does it take to complete and receive a degree?

The typical time for full-time students to complete the degree will be about one year, and two to three years for many part-time students. We will allow for longer enrollments—up to six years—for those students who need greater flexibility.

Will all courses be taught in English?

Yes. International students applying to the degree program are required to submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 100 as part of their application.

What kind of programming exposure will students have in the program?

You will get experience with R, Python, Hadoop, Spark, SAS, Tableau, d3, SQLite, Pig, Hive, HBase, GitHub, Amazon Web Services, and others. You also have the opportunity to network with fellow students in your cohort.

Is the program more theory based, or is it more project-based?

The program balances theory and project-based work to enable students to develop a deep understanding of concepts in analytics and to apply this conceptual knowledge to real-world projects as part of their course work. The program is designed to prepare students for optimal on-the-job performance while they expand their expertise and grow professionally over time.  

May I work full-time while enrolled in degree program?

Yes. The degree program is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate the needs of adult learners and working professionals.

Will there be a graduation ceremony? If so, are we required to attend?

Yes. Graduation ceremonies are held on campus at the end of the fall and spring semesters. We welcome your participation, but it is not required.

Which Georgia Tech school confers the degree?

This interdisciplinary degree is conferred by three Georgia Tech schools:

  • The College of Computing
  • The Scheller College of Business
  • The College of Engineering

At commencement, it is introduced as the "Master of Science in Analytics: Interdisciplinary with the College of Computing, the Scheller College of Business, and the College of Engineering." The Provost presents the degrees to graduates.  

Will the degree I receive from the OMS Analytics program be the same as the on-campus Master of Science in Analytics or will my degree say "online"?

The degree name for both is Master of Science in Analytics. The modality (on-campus or online) does not appear on the diploma or transcript.

Career Development
Do you offer job placement support as part of the program?

No. The program does not include job placement support.

On-Campus Program
How is this online master's degree different from the traditional Georgia Tech Master's in Analytics?

The online master’s degree in analytics and the on-campus master’s degree in analytics are the same program as far as academic rigor and requirements are concerned, but online students have fewer elective choices. The electives offered are the most widely requested courses in the on-campus program.

The on-campus master’s degree is a premium tuition program that includes boot camps, dedicated placement professionals, and other add on features not available to online students. Although available to all on-campus students, these are supplemental services that on-campus students have the option to use but are not required to do so to complete the program.

The online master’s degree allows students to learn at different times throughout the day, and to benefit from faculty access on forums and a global network of fellow learners through the edX site’s interactive features.

Can I transfer from the online program to the on-campus program after I've started the online program?

Yes. Admission in the on-campus degree is limited and we cannot guarantee that you will be accepted. It is much easier to transfer from the on-campus degree to the online degree because we can accommodate more students. 

MicroMasters Program
What is the program?

The Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods MicroMasters program is comprised of three foundational courses from Georgia Tech’s full, interdisciplinary OMS Analytics degree.

The foundational courses are: 

  • ISYE 6501 - Introduction to Analytics Modeling
  • MGT 6203 - Data Analytics in Business
  • CSE 6040 - Computing for Data Analytics

This program is offered by edX and is not a Georgia Tech degree. However, the required outcomes, course experience, and course assessments are identical between the three MicroMasters program courses and the three corresponding OMS Analytics courses. 

How much does it cost?

MicroMasters courses are free and open for enrollment to anyone. For learners who want to earn a MicroMasters certificate as a standalone credential, the cost is $1,500 ($500 per course).

What are the differences between the MicroMasters and OMS Analytics program?

See our program comparison table to help choose the right analytics program for you.

Can I use the MicroMasters courses towards the OMS Analytics degree?

Learners who complete the Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods MicroMasters program certificate through edX and choose to continue their studies in analytics may apply the courses to the OMS Analytics degree program at Georgia Tech.

Applicants who meet all regular admission requirements and are admitted into the program may petition to apply up to nine hours (three courses) from the edX MicroMasters credential. These hours are considered advanced standing credit toward the 36 hours required for the degree. A petition for advanced standing does not guarantee approval, and in some cases these courses may need to be repeated for them to count toward your degree.

How do I find out more about the MicroMasters?

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