ASU launches open scale Master of Computer Science Degree

Ira. A. Fulton Schools of Engineering School of Computing, Informatics, Decision Systems Engineering (CIDSE), with assistance from EdPlus at ASU has launched an online Master of Computer Science (MCS) program via Coursera. This marks the first time ASU has hosted a degree program on a fully open scale platform. It offers the same courses by the same award-winning faculty as our full-immersion (on-campus) MCS program.
The first two open specializations, Data Systems and Data Visualizations, went live in the spring. In this instance, students earn a non-credit credential for each specialization they complete.
Credit-bearing courses are now available with the start of ASU’s Fall A Session. Professors from CIDSE will facilitate the courses and students who are enrolled in, and successfully complete, the full degree program will receive a diploma from ASU.
Open scale degrees are designed to provide stackable credentials that align with a spectrum of needs for the global learner. The international representation for the admitted students in the fall cohort is about 40 percent.  The launch of this first open scale degree also enabled enterprise collaboration and focus on international admissions.
“As we continue to innovate, the program will be expanded to include non-degree student channels to provide upskilling for working IT professionals who want a specialization in areas of high market demand, like Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Cybersecurity, while still having a pathway to an MCS degree at ASU,” explains Anita Chawla, who leads the open scale initiatives for EdPlus. Also in the works for Spring A is an admission by performance pathway for students who have low GPAs but years of experience in the IT industry, thus not meeting existing MCS admission requirements.
Wayne Anderson, EdPlus senior director, design and development, says that the open scale Master of Computer Science is unlike other graduate degree programs offered directly through ASU Online because it offers different engagement points for students to enter and exit the program, based upon interests and personal goals.