What may be the most successful graduate degree program in the United States - the Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS) from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) - has begun its eighth year of operation.
The program started in January 2014 with an inaugural class of 380 students and five courses. It's enjoyed steady growth every year since, and now has more than 11,000 students enrolled in more than 50 courses. making it the largest computing master's program in the nation - and probably the world. Its total number of graduates now tops 5,000.
One of the noteworthy features of the OMSCS is that it's shown how successful MOOCs - the massive open online courses generally believed to have not lived up to their initial hype and promise - can be. Although something resembling MOOCs existed earlier, the MOOC movement is typically thought to have begun in 2011 when Stanford University launched three such courses, the first of which was Introduction To AI, by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig, a course that attracted an enrollment of 160,000 students.
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