UC Berkeley School of Information celebrates the first graduating class of its online Master of Information and Data Science Degree program
The UC Berkeley School of Information (I School) welcomed graduates of the inaugural class of its Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) program at commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 16, 2015. The first graduates of the MIDS program, offered only online, include 23 students from eight states who came together in Berkeley to celebrate the significant achievement alongside graduates from the I School's on-campus programs.
"We're extremely proud of the inaugural MIDS class, as they have far exceeded our expectations," said AnnaLee Saxenian, dean of the I School. "This impressive group of graduates will now join a strong network of UC Berkeley and I School alumni across the globe as they work to shape the future of data science, a field in high demand with unlimited opportunity."
MIDS launched in January 2014 in response to a national shortage of data-savvy professionals. With a multidisciplinary curriculum that draws insights from social science, computer science, statistics, management and law, the online program prepares students from around the world with the skills needed to lead in increasingly complex and interactive data-driven business settings.