The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology at Georgia Southern University offers an online Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) degree with a concentration in Data Mining and Data Warehousing. This is a Data Science master’s program that emphasizes the technical aspects of knowledge management and advanced database systems, as well as the business applications of analytics technology. Part-time students can complete the 30-credit degree in five semesters, or 20 months of enrollment. Courses are taken online, but the program requires two campus visits, an orientation session at the start of the program, and a session at the end of the program to complete final exams and present the results of a master’s project or thesis to a panel of professors.
The online graduate programs at Georgia Southern University utilize asynchronous instruction, which allows students to access video lectures and other course materials on-demand through an online learning platform. The MSCS program also employs a unique team-based approach to online education, which begins with a campus-based orientation session. Students meet with professors and fellow degree candidates, are placed in small teams of four or five students, and then work together on various team projects during the program. Interaction with professors and classmates takes place via phone and email.
Georgia Southern University’s Data Science curriculum is built on a foundation of nine credit hours of coursework in computer science, databases, artificial intelligence, and Web, wireless, and mobile systems. Students take an additional nine credit hours of elective classes that focus on topics in data mining, data warehousing, and distributed databases. Core courses in the MSCS program include: Artificial Intelligence – Theory and Application; Database Systems – Theory and Application; Distributed Web Systems Design – Theory and Application; Data Warehousing; Data Mining; and Distributed Database Systems.
The remaining 12 credits are completed through either a master’s thesis or a master’s project. The thesis requires students to take six more credits of elective coursework and engage in research on an approved topic in the field of data science. The project involves creating, writing and presenting a computer program, and completing nine additional credits of elective coursework. Both options conclude with a formal on-campus presentation.
Georgia Southern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.