The College of Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn offers an online Master of Science in Computer and Information Science program with a concentration in Data Management and Analytics. This is a master’s in data science program with a curriculum that focuses on the skills and technologies used to process, manage, and interpret large datasets using advance computer systems and programming techniques. Students must complete 30 credits of coursework to graduate, which can be done in two years of full-time enrollment. Part-time students have up to five years to complete the program. The program does not require any campus visits, however students are required to schedule exams with proctors in their area.
Online teaching methods vary from course to course at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, depending on the preferences of the instructor. Most instructors record lectures and upload them to a learning management system (LMS), where they can be accessed on-demand by online students. However, in some courses there may be synchronous instruction, which requires students to be present at a specified time for an online lecture or discussion forum. Most course materials are available through the LMS, which is also how assignments are submitted. In cases where exams must be proctored, online students can contact the school’s Distance Learning department to make specific arrangements.
The MS in Computer and Information Science curriculum has both a thesis and a non-thesis/project track, with slightly different requirements. All students in the program must take at least three core courses, which are chosen from among the following: Algorithm Design and Analysis; Programmable Mobile/Wireless Technologies and Pervasive Computing; Computer Networking; Computer and Network Security; Compiler Design; and Advanced Operating Systems. Students who opt to complete a project rather than a thesis must then enroll in four courses in the Data Management and Analytics concentration, which include: The Semantic Web; Information Retrieval; Security and Privacy in Cloud Computing; Database Systems; Principles of Social Network Science; Data Mining; Advanced Artificial Intelligence; and Web Information Management. Those who opt to complete a thesis must choose two concentration courses. All students then have the option of choosing two additional elective courses, which are subject to approval.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.