The program will combine live, face-to-face classes with interactive, online course work that can be accessed from anywhere. (Photo: I-School) The School of Information is launching a Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) degree. Pending WASC approval, the first cohort of students will start in January 2014. The course will be the country’s first fully online Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) program. The I-School faculty developed this new degree in response to the rapidly growing need for well-trained professionals who can organize, analyze, and interpret the deluge of often messy and unorganized data now available from the web, sensor networks, mobile devices, and elsewhere — often referred to as “big data.” The MIDS is a rigorous 27-unit graduate degree aimed at the working professional. It will combine live, face-to-face classes with interactive, online course work that can be accessed from anywhere. While the coursework will be entirely online, all students will also participate in a one-week immersion at Berkeley that will allow them to meet one another and the faculty and interact with leading data science professionals from the San Francisco Bay Area. The program will provide hands-on experience with the diverse tools and methods used in exploring and finding patterns in the highly complicated, real-world data, and for communicating the findings with decision makers. As with all other degree programs at the School of Information, I-School faculty will teach the program alongside experienced professionals. To learn more about the Master of Information and Data Science program, visit I School’s website.