EdTech Startup Galvanize Offers New Data Science Master’s Degree
Edtech startup Galvanize is partnering with the University of New Hampshire for a new accredited, year-long program, GalvanizeU. Students accepted into the program will receive a Masters of Engineering degree to start a career as a data scientist.
Beginning in January 2015, the 30 students accepted into the inaugural class will learn through theory and example. Students will be immersed in their learning environment—the five-floor startup space in San Francisco, which gives students a chance to learn alongside the industry they will soon be a part of.
Giving students practical learning experiences
GalvanizeU boasts an array of amenities to guide students through the real-world learning process. The program boasts immersive classroom learning with faculty, a coding lab where students can practice building solutions, and mentor shadowing. Through these resources, students will learn everything they need in order to become a data scientist including statistics, machine learning algorithms, coding, and practical business experience.
“It gives them the opportunity to learn firsthand how to listen to a CEO give a business problem, how to turn it into a data science solution, and how to communicate the solution back to the CEO,” said Mike Tamir, head of GalvanizeU.
Ready for data science by graduation
The program offers tangible results through a rigorous curriculum. Tamir said it’s a full-time job going through GalvanizeU, but once students graduate, they will be ready to work as a data scientist. “You have the theory you need, you have the coding muscles you need, and you have the experience that a professional after a year of practice in the industry would have,” said Tamir.
With a $48,000 price tag, Tamir said students should expect an elite education. But even if students do not get accepted the first time, simply applying will put prospectives on the right track to becoming a data scientist. “Every student who applies and isn’t able to make it all the way through the process is going to get feedback on what skills they might need to work on and training options for filling those skill gaps,” said Tamir. Applicants will receive suggestions on what they should take with industry partners or with the gSchool in order to get to the point where they can enter into the program.
GalvanizeU will be accepting applications on a rolling basis, but in order to be a part of the inaugural class, interested students need to apply before January 2015.
Michelle is a current graduate student at Emerson College and an intern at Boston's public radio station. She enjoys exploring the world of educational technology and writing about the ever-changing sector and its potential.