01 Sep 2020 19:19 IST

Great Learning teams up with Northwestern to offer MS in data science

Fully online degree gives learners the flexibility to earn the degree while remaining employed full-time

Great Learning, an edtech company for professional and higher education, is launching the ‘Master of Science in Data Science Programme’ (MS DS Programme) offered by Northwestern University School of Professional Studies. This fully online degree programme offers the opportunity to earn a world-class master’s degree from a global top-30 ranked university for graduates and working professionals in India.

According to the World University Rankings by Times Higher Education, Northwestern University ranks 11th in the United States in their collegiate rankings. The rigorous degree program will help learners who aspire to build their careers in data science with a comprehensive curriculum, a guided learning journey, and exceptional learning support.

Provides flexibility for working professionals

The programme, designed and delivered by Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, has been structured to accommodate working professionals and offer learners the flexibility to earn the degree while remaining employed full-time. Upon successful completion, the learners will be awarded a Master of Science degree from Northwestern University. Learners will also have access to robust career support and placement opportunities through Great Learning’s extensive career services and corporate network.

Mohan Lakhamraju, Founder and CEO, Great Learning, said, “The demand for talent in data science is at its peak right now across the globe. Despite the financial challenge posed by Covid-19, companies across sectors, such as, IT, BFSI, healthcare, e-commerce, manufacturing and pharma, are looking for high quality data science and machine learning professionals. In such an environment, the MS in DS programme from the Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies can be a game changer for one’s career.”

Leveraging e-learning

In the midst of the uncertainty and travel restrictions this year, this degree program offers a wonderful opportunity for learners to secure a world-class credential with minimal disruption. The program will prepare learners for some of the most sought-after roles in the industry today, such as, data analyst, data scientist, machine learning engineer, as well as, leadership roles in the data science domain.

Thomas F Gibbons, Dean, Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, said, “Our collaboration with Great Learning supports Northwestern’s goal to forge global alliances which provide access to our academic programs for new international audiences. As a pioneer in high-quality, high-impact professional online degree programs, we are excited to increase access to this program learners from India.”

Catering to the demand in data science

According to a recent survey by Analytics India Magazine on the Leadership Sentiment and Outlook for 2020, 92 per cent of the leadership in India believes that the demand for data science experts would gain traction in the post-Covid world.

The program provides a robust blend of online live and video-based learning, personalised mentorship sessions, and a series of structured projects. The program curriculum will help learners gain an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of data science and machine learning techniques such as: mathematics & statistics (as relevant to data science), programming languages like R & Python as well as topics like machine learning, time series analysis and computer vision among others.