Microsoft Launches Online Data Science Degree Program


Microsoft is launching a new professional degree designed to provide what it says is university-caliber curriculum for technology pros. The company announced the new program in conjunction with its Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto this week, and said the initial curriculum will focus on a Data Science Degree program.

The program is built on an infrastructure announcement from earlier in the week at WPC — Microsoft unveiled an Azure-hosted Open edX, an online learning platform that enables any of its partners to design and deliver their own learning curriculum to customers and students.

“The number one challenge companies cite in adapting their businesses to the modern technology-centric world the Cloud has enabled is finding people with the skills required to be competitive,” wrote Alison Cunard, general manager of Microsoft Learning Experiences, in a blog post this week about the new open learning platform available to partners.

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