Microsoft launches data science curriculum for IT professionals

In a new effort to make IT educational programs available online, Microsoft officially launched its Professional Degree program last week, beginning with a curriculum on data science. Hosted on edX.og, the Harvard- and MIT-founded nonprofit learning site, the program aims to offer an “employer-endorsed, university-caliber curriculum for professionals at any stage of their career,” a Microsoft release said. Data science is one of the most sought-after fields within IT right now, with more job openings than there are candidates, so this first curriculum aims to provide students with the skills they need to launch or supplement their careers. “Learn data science fundamentals, key data science tools, and widely-used programming languages from industry and academic experts in this unique program created by Microsoft,” edX’s curriculum description reads. “But in collaboration with…


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