Microsoft’s new online certification program kicks off with data science specialization

Microsoft took the wraps off a new online certification program called Microsoft Professional Degree during Day 3 of the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto. The new Professional Degree program is in beta/pilot at this point, said officials on July 13. The first certifications which Microsoft will award this September will be in the data science area. According to the web site for the new program, Microsoft consulted data scientists and companies employing them to figure out what the core skills required are in that field. Microsoft then developed a curriculum to teach the skills via online courses and hands-on labs. Graduates will receive a Microsoft Professional Degree in Data Science. Microsoft is allowing those interested in being notified when slots in the program are open to the public to…


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