FAQs

Admission Criteria

Application Process

Auditing OMS Analytics

Credit Transfer

Free OMS Analytics Courses

Grading and Academic Honesty

Graduation and Degree

International Students

Market Demand for Analytics Expertise

MicroMasters Program

On-Campus Master of Science in Analytics

Program Cost

Program Curriculum

Program Delivery and Student Experience

Program Expectations

Program Schedule

Program Tracks

Veteran Benefits

 


 

Admission Criteria

What are the admission criteria for the OMS Analytics degree program?
Our admissions criteria outline the prerequisites for the program, which include:

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

Calculus and basic linear algebra 
Computer programming in a high-level language like C, C++, Java, Python, FORTRAN, etc.
Probability/statistics

Preferred qualifications for admitted OMS Analytics students are an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and knowledge equivalent to a good first college-level course in each of probability and statistics, computer programming, and calculus. Applicants who do not meet these criteria will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

Significant professional or other work experience or academic achievement with supporting recommendations may qualify as an adequate substitute for the appropriate academic credentials, and applicants without the preferred background knowledge may still be admitted on the condition that they obtain the necessary background before beginning their OMS Analytics coursework. However, work experience will not take the place of an undergraduate degree.

Georgia Tech will not admit applicants into the OMS Analytics degree program without the minimum qualifications for success. The Georgia Tech minimum criteria used in determining each applicant's eligibility for consideration shall include: evidence of award of a bachelor's degree or its equivalent (prior to matriculation) from a recognized institution, demonstrated academic excellence, and evidence of preparation in their chosen field sufficient to ensure successful graduate study; and for international applicants, a minimum score of 100 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

I don't have the academic credentials for full admission now, but I 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. All applicants to the OMS Analytics must meet the Georgia Tech minimum admission criteria. However, admission is not guaranteed for those who meet the minimum criteria.

If I meet the admission criteria, am I automatically admitted?
No applicant is automatically admitted into the master's program. All applications are reviewed by a faculty committee to ensure that those admitted can succeed in the program. 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.

What is meant by official or unofficial transcripts? When can I send them?
The most common official transcripts are those delivered directly to Georgia Tech from your academic institution. Some institutions also provide certified PDFs to alumni for use in graduate applications, as well as sealed, physical transcripts. Other forms or types of transcripts are considered to be unofficial. If you are accepted to the OMS Analytics, you will be asked to verify your unofficial transcript provided at the time of application with an official copy as described above.

How do I submit my transcript?
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 Fall 2017 enrollments to 250 students. This number will scale up over time. 

I don't have a formal education. Do I still qualify for the program?
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?
Lawful Presence Under Policy 4.1.6, the lawful presence of any student applying to an institution must be verified before a final offer of admission can be extended. This policy applies to any student admitted for the Georgia Tech Fall 2011 semester or any semester thereafter. If the student will remain living outside of the U.S. and will be enrolling only in distance education courses, then it is not necessary to verify lawful presence. International students residing outside the United States do not need to submit proof of lawful presence. All other applicants must submit proof of lawful presence. Please visit the Lawful Presence page of our website for a complete list of acceptable lawful presence documents.

How do I provide criminal and academic misconduct history?
On the OMS Analytics application, you will be asked to report your criminal and academic misconduct history to be verified by Georgia Tech's Office of Graduate Admissions.

 

Application Process

 

How does the application process work?
Prospective students will have to furnish materials commonly required for graduate admissions (prior degrees, transcripts, etc.). For full information about application requirements, please visit the Application Information page of this website.

When can I apply?
Please visit the page our application deadlines page for the current information. We also encourage you to join the OMS Analytics mailing list to receive updates about the program.

How do I apply?
Please review the information on the program and application pages, which explains the relevant datescosts, and information necessary for application.

I'd like to discuss my specific case with you to determine if I am likely to be accepted to the program before I submit an application.
Assessment of the suitability of candidates for this program takes place only after we receive full applications. We require all applicants to meet the admission criteria, which you can find on our website. If you meet these requirements, we encourage you to apply to the OMS Analytics program. If you have additional documentation that is not on our list of requirements but that you believe is relevant, please submit it as part of your application. Also, please note that meeting application requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

Is a GRE or GMAT required?
Applicants are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores with their applications. However, if you have already taken the GRE or GMAT and believe your score may strengthen your application, feel free to submit it. Please note that while a high GRE or GMAT score may strengthen your application, not submitting a GRE or GMAT score will have no adverse effect on your application. It is important to note that all applicants, whether or not they submit GRE or GMAT scores, MUST meet the specified application requirements for the program. 

May I take OMS Analytics courses for college credit without being enrolled in the degree program?
No. Georgia Tech does not currently offer OMS Analytics courses for credit to students not enrolled in the degree program.

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, so you are reviewed in within that specific applicant poll. Our system currently does not allow you to submit two applications for the same program, same term, so please apply for spring 2018. Once you have submitted your application, contact Graduate Studies and request that they move you to the online fall 2017 application. 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 OMS CS 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. 

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.

Will you accept the same letters of recommendation for the OMS Analytics that I submitted when I applied to the OMS CS program?
Your letters of recommendation must be up to date and specific to the program to which you are applying. You can, however, use the same recommenders as you did for the OMS CS program.  

 

Auditing OMS Analytics

 

Can this degree program be audited if I already have an MS Analytics degree?
Not at this point in time. As the program expands, we may include an audit option.

 

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 by applying to the OMS 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 OMS Analytics program.

I graduated from the OMS CS 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 OMS CS program. Will those courses count for the OMS Analytics?
You can get credit for relevant courses completed as part of the OMS CS 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 OMS CS and would like to transfer to the OMS Analytics. Can I transfer from the OMS CS to the OMS Analytics? Can I 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 OMS CS if the credit has not already been applied to another degree. 

 

Free OMS Analytics Courses

 

I'm not interested in the degree program, credentials, or credit, but I would like to take the courses for free? Is this possible?
Yes. The OMS Analytics courses are available for free on edX.org. These free courses do not carry college credit and offer limited academic support.

 

Grading and Academic Honesty

 

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.

 

Graduation and Degree?

 

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, and 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.  

How will this degree appear on my diploma and transcript?
The name "Online Master of Science (OMS)" is an informal designation to help both Georgia Tech and prospective students distinguish the delivery method of the online program from our on-campus degree. The degree name in both cases is Master of Science in Analytics. The modality (on-campus or online) does not appear on the diploma or transcript.

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"?
Your diploma will read "Master of Science in Analytics," exactly the same as those of on-campus graduates. There will be no "online" designation for the degrees of OMS Analytics graduates.

 

International Students

 

Can I qualify for Optional Practical Training (OPT) if I complete the program?
No. International students applying to OMS Analytics will not be offered visas. Hence, they will not qualify for OPT.

Can I apply to the OMS Analytics if I'm an international student and have Optional Practical Training authorization?
Since your question is immigration related, you will need to contact your international student advisor. If you are currently a Georgia Tech student, please contact our Office of International Education. If you are an international student from an institution other than Georgia Tech, please contact the international student advisor from that institution.  

I'm an international student currently enrolled at another U.S. program. May I be granted an I-20 to leave my current program and apply to OMS Analytics?
No. Georgia Tech will not support visas for OMS Analytics students. International students do not require U.S. residency to enroll in the OMS Analytics.

What kind of proof of U.S. citizenship is required?
For more information on accepted proof of citizenship, please visit the Georgia Tech graduate admissions website.

I'm not a U.S. citizen and/or don't live in the United States. May I still apply?
Yes, subject to U.S. export control policy.

If my country's a primary language in English, do I still have to provide a TOEFL score?
Exceptions are given to the applicants from countries where English is the SOLE OFFICIAL language of instruction (Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada-except Québec province, England, Ghana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad, Tobago, Uganda and Wales). An applicant is exempt from TOEFL only if they are a naturalized citizen, a Green Card holder or have spent at least one year in residence and enrolled at a U.S. college or university. The Graduate Studies website has more information regarding TOEFL requirements. Please note that for this particular program, we require a TOEFL score of 100.

Can I submit my TOEFL score after the application process ends?
No. TOEFL scores are due upon completion of your application.

I'm an international student. 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. The Office of Graduate Studies will convert your GPA; it does not accept GPAs converted by applicants.

 

Market Demand for Analytics Expertise

 

Is there a demand in the market for analytics practitioners?
We are offering the OMS Analytics in response to a demand for analytics education driven by the growing market need for analytics practitioners. For example, McKinsey Global Institute (2011) predicted that by 2018, the U.S. will face a shortage of up to 200,000 people with deep analytical skills, as well as 1.5 million analytics-trained managers.  

Do you offer job placement support as part of the OMS Analytics program?
No, the program does not include job placement support. The OMS Analytics program offers students worldwide a flexible, affordable way to obtain a Master of Science degree from a top 10-ranked institution in a high demand field. 

 

MicroMasters Program Offered By edx.org

 

What is the Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods MicroMasters program on edX?

Three of Georgia Tech’s OMS Analytics foundational courses will form the Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods MicroMasters program on edx.org.

The foundational courses are: 

  • ISYE 6501 - Introduction to Analytics Modeling, 
  • MGT 6203 - Data Analytics in Business, and 
  • 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 the Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods MicroMasters Program 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 $500 per course, which amounts to a total of $1,500.

What is the difference between the OMS Analytics and the Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods MicroMasters Program?
The OMS Analytics is a degree program that requires 36 credit hours for completion and leads to a master’s degree from Georgia Tech. It takes approximately two years to complete. Applicants to this program are required to follow the Georgia Tech admission process and, if accepted, become Georgia Tech students.

The MicroMasters program, Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods, offered by edX, requires completion of three OMS Analytics courses and can lead to a standalone credential from edX. The MicroMasters credential or individual courses do not automatically count as credit towards a Master’s degree.  In order for one or more of the MicroMasters courses to count as credit towards the Master’s degree, you must first apply to Georgia Tech and be accepted into the program.  If admitted, learners may petition to have up to 9 hours (3 courses) from the EdX MicroMasters credential counted as advanced standing credit toward the total of 36 hours required for the degree. Please note that 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.

Learners in the MicroMasters program are not Georgia Tech students and do not have access to Georgia Tech resources. 

Can I get credit for MicroMasters courses for the OMS Analytics?
Learners who complete the Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods MicroMasters program certificate through edX and choose to continue their studies in analytics may apply to the OMS Analytics degree program at Georgia Tech. If admitted, learners may petition to apply up to 9 hours (3 courses) from the EdX MicroMasters credential as advanced standing credit toward the total of 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.

Please note that applicants will need to meet all regular admission requirements for the OMS Analytics.

Do I need to pay for the edX MicroMasters certification in order for credit to transfer to OMS Analytics program?
To earn the MicroMasters credential you must be on the verified track of each of the courses in the program, earning a Verified Certificate in every course.  When all courses are completed on the verified track and if you have earned passing grades, you then earn the MicroMasters credential.  The cost of the MicroMasters credential is the total cost of the Verified Certificate in each course.

MicroMasters credit does not automatically transfer as credit for the OMS Analytics degree, and completing the MicroMasters program does not guarantee admission to the OMS Analytics. You will still need to meet all regular admission requirements for the OMS Analytics and follow the application process. If admitted, learners may petition to apply up to 9 hours (3 courses) of the EdX MicroMasters credential as advanced standing credit toward the total of 36 hours required for the degree. Completing the MicroMasters certification does not automatically guarantee approval of the adcanced standing petition, and in some cases one or more courses may need to be repeated in order to count toward the OMS Analytics degree.
 

When will the edX MicroMasters course be available online?
The announcement will be made on February 28, 2017 by edX.

How can I find out more about the MicroMasters program?
We recommend you visit edX.org or contact edX here for additional information about the MicroMasters program.

 

On-Campus Master of Science in Analytics

 

How is this online MS degree different from the traditional Georgia Tech MS 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 bootcamps, 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. On the other hand, 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. You can apply to transfer from the online to the on-campus degree. However, since places in the on-campus degree are limited, 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 in the online degree. 

 

Program Cost

 

How much does the program cost?
Tuition is $825 per three-credit course. Most OMS Analytics courses are three credit hours with the exception of the 6-credit hour practicum course. Fees are $301 per academic term of enrollment. This amount includes the institutional fee of $194 and the technology fee, which is $107. Fees are assessed only for those terms in which students are enrolled in courses. For more information, visit our Cost and Payment Schedule page.  

Am I eligible to receive financial aid for OMS Analytics?
Yes. All federal financial aid benefits and restrictions apply to enrolled OMS Analytics students. Federal aid enrollment requirements apply.

What is the payment schedule for the program?
For all program costs, please see the Cost and Payment Schedule page.

I am a master’s student in another Georgia Tech program and noticed that some courses in the OMS Analytics are the same as for my program but cost less. Can I take the OMS Analytics courses at the lower tuition rate instead of the course in my program?
For all Georgia Tech programs, course tuition is connected to specific degrees. You are required to take the course in your program at the specified tuition rate for that program. Only students enrolled in the OMS Analytics can take OMS Analytics courses for credit. 

 

Program Curriculum

 

What is the curriculum, and how does it compare to the curriculum for the residential degree?
The curriculum in the launch of OMS Analytics will represent a subset of the on-campus curriculum, allowing for a full MS in analytics. Initially only two of the three tracks available on campus will be offered in the online program. These tracks will include only the elective options that are most widely requested in the on-campus program. The OMS Analytics curriculum will expand as more courses become available online.

What tracks will be available with this program?
The following tracks are currently offered: Analytical ToolsComputational Data Analytics. A third track, Business Analytics, is planned for future. Join the OMS Analytics mailing list for program updates.

What are the foundational courses?

  • CSE 6040 - Computing for Data Analytics
  • ISYE 6501 - Introduction to Analytics Modeling
  • MGT 8803 - Introduction to Business for Analytics

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?
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.

Which courses will focus on R and Python?
Some courses for this program are still in development. At this point, we can confirm that every student will be exposed to R, Python, and several other languages and software. 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.

What kind of programming ability would be most helpful to students in this program?
We consider depth of programming ability (program structure and flow, data structures, algorithms) to be more important than breadth. Students who can program well in at least one language will find it easier to learn the languages and packages we teach. If you have the option of taking a preparatory course in Python or a different language, we suggest you choose Python, which is likely to serve you best as you proceed though the program. 

What are your programming prerequisites?
You will need to be comfortable with coding medium-complexity tasks from scratch. If you search CS1301, you will find a course website that shows the skills we'd like incoming students to have. 

Please note, if you plan to take any preparatory courses before the program begins, we recommend you provide this information in your application packet, including information about the course and the timeframe for completion.

Which topics do I need to be familiar with to meet the math prerequisite?
To meet the match prerequisite, you’ll need to have covered the following topics: differentiation and integration in multiple variables, basic linear algebra including understanding vectors and matrices, how to add and multiply them, how to invert a matrix. Some familiarity with eigenvalues and eigenvectors is also helpful. 

What kind of programming exposure will students have in the program?
During the program, you will get experience with the following: 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.  

Considering I would do the degree with my employer’s support and I would select doing the practicum at my company, what information needs to be shared between my employer and Georgia Tech to verify I did the internship? The company would not want to give out proprietary information on the work I do.
The practicum is ten to 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)

 

Program Delivery and Student Experience

 

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. Information on more specific platform requirements is available on edX.org

What type of instructor contact will I have? Email, phone, chat?
The OMS Analytics program will have a tiered structure of human support for students, typically involving electronic (email, discussion board) interaction with course personnel, including the instructor of record.

Are OMS Analytics 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.   

 

Program Expectations

 

How many total hours are required?
Georgia Tech's M.S. in Analytics requires a minimum of 36 credit hours for completion.

Will all courses be taught in English?
Yes. International students applying to the OMS Analytics 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 are the expectations for enrollement, coursework and performance?
Admitted degree-seeking students are expected to continue making progress through the program. Full-time students can take up to 18 hours in a given semester. We recommend a maximum of nine hours per semester for part-time students, which are students who work full time.

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.

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?
Possibly. We anticipate 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. 

How long does it take to complete and receive a degree?
We anticipate the typical time for full-time students to complete the OMS Analytics will be about one year, and two years for many part-time students. We will allow for longer enrollments—up to 6 years—for those students who need greater flexibility.

May I work full-time while enrolled in OMS Analytics degree program?
Yes. OMS Analytics is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate the needs of adult learners and working professionals.

 

Program Schedule

 

What's the academic calendar and schedule for the program?
All relevant dates are maintained on the application deadlines page.

 

Progam Tracks

 

Which tracks are currently offered?
We currently offer the following two tracks: Analytical Tools, Computational Data Analytics. The Analytical Tools track provides a focused understanding of quantitative methodology. This track is particularly suitable for anyone who wants a deeper knowledge of analytics itself. The Computational Data Analytics track provides a deeper understanding of big data. This track is ideal for anyone who plans to focus on the computational side of analytics. 

I'd like to enroll for both tracks. Is that possible?
Yes. You can take extra courses to satisfy the requirements for both tracks. If it is possible to waive a couple of the introductory core courses, the electives you take to replace those courses can also be used to satisfy the requirements for the second track. Another option is to take on extra course and to replace one introductory core course with an elective.

When will the Business Analytics track be open for enrollement?
The Business Analytics track is planned for the future, but a specific date has not been determined. We will continue to update our OMS Analytics community once a start date has been established. Please join the OMS Analytics mailing list to receive updates about the program. 

How does the Business Analytics track overlap with the other two tracks, Analytical Tools and Computational Data Analytics?
Students need to take two electives specific to their chosen track, which is the only difference between the tracks. The other courses are the same for both tracks. For example, students in the Business Analytics track take two Business electives while students in the Computational Data Analytics track take two Computing electives, and students in the Analytical Tools track take two electives from Statistics or Operations Research. The other courses they take in the program are not track specific.  

 

Veteran Benefits

 

How much will my Post 9/11 GI bill cover versus out of pocket?
The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefit is payable from 40% to 100%, depending on the service member’s aggregate length of service. A tuition and fee payment is made to Georgia Tech on your behalf, based on the eligible percentage approved from the VA. 

How do I start using my VA benefits for the program?
Once you have been formally admitted, please submit a copy of your certificate of eligibility letter to the Veteran Service office at veterans@registrar.gatech.edu

When will payment come in? Do I need to pay upfront?
Students who are using the Post-9/11 GI Bill do not need to pay for tuition and fees upfront in lieu of VA funds arriving. The Bursar’s Office places a deferral for the amount expected from the VA. Students who are not 100% eligible will need to resolve their percentage of charges by the posted fee payment deadline. For all other GI Bill benefits, the monthly stipend is considered supplementary funding, and tuition and fees must be paid by the Bursar Office deadlines.

How do I apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program?
Yellow Ribbon funding is not applicable for this program. The Yellow Ribbon Program at Georgia Tech is used to offset Out-of-State charges that the VA does not cover. The OMA program is a flat rate, without a tuition differential for In-state and Out-of-State students. Therefore, yellow ribbon funding is not applicable with this program.