Earlier this week Georgia Tech announced the Online Masters of Science in Computer Science, a MOOCs-based degree with a total tuition of about $7000. This degree came out of a collaboration between Sebastian Thrun of Udacity and my dean Zvi Galil with some significant financial support from AT&T. We've spent several months getting faculty input and buy-in to the program and we're very excited about taking a new leading role in the MOOCs revolution.
We will roll out slowly, with a smaller scale courses to corporate affiliates to work out the kinks and the plan to go to the general public in fall 2014. Read the FAQ to get more information about the program.
It's been fun watching the development of this degree, in particular hearing Sebastian talk about his MOOC 2.0 plans to scale courses with a small amount of expense that we pull from the tuition. No doubt we will have challenges in making this degree truly work at a large scale but I'm truly bullish that we'll a self-sustaining quality Masters program that will reach tens if not hundreds of thousands of students.
Here we go.