Coursera’s Latest Low-Priced Online Master’s: A Russian Degree on Data Science

IBL News | New York

A new low-priced Master’s degree in Data Science was announced yesterday by Coursera. It will be developed fully online, in English by a Russian school, HSE University, and will cost the equivalent to $8,250 to $16,500, depending on grant eligibility.

The 18-24 months Master’s, open to students from any country, will consist of 21 courses, with 120 ECTS credits in total. The first cohort will begin in February 2020. As admission requirements, students must have a bachelor’s degree and pass an online exam on mathematics.

On the other hand, Coursera’s CEO, Jeff Magggioncalda, said on Fortune India said the company is seeking to more than double the numbers of its learners in the next 2-3 years up: from the existing 44 million to 100 million.

Magggioncalda also disclosed that Coursera’s biggest source of revenue is Coursera for Business, which is growing at a rate of 100% a year. Degrees from universities are the smallest source, “but are growing faster than anything else.” “In three years, they will all probably be equal.”

Udacity Will Fund 100,000 Scholarships

On the other hand, Udacity announced yesterday his Pledge to America’s Workers. As a result of it, over the next five years, it will fund 100,000 Udacity tech and analytics scholarships for workers in the U.S.

“Udacity’s scholarships will equip America’s workers with the skills they need to succeed in high-paying, future-proof careers in fields such as front-end web development, mobile app development, and data analytics,” said a representative from Udacity.

With this move, Udacity is joining more than 350 companies and organizations, including Google, Apple, and IBM in signing the White House’s Pledge to America’s workers.


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