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bbehe
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Since Study Hall isn't exactly popping, anyone know some good online grad schools? Thinking about any master's degree at this point.

8/19/2014 8:09:13 PM

0EPII1
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It would greatly help if you told us what you want to study.

Plus, you want online *programs* from brick and mortar schools, or do you mean online schools, as in, they only exist online?

8/19/2014 8:42:26 PM

bbehe
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Don't really have a particular degree program narrowed down, I got money to blow towards education and I want to spend it on something decent.

I'd prefer online from brick and mortar

8/19/2014 8:46:28 PM

gz390
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How about Penn State online

[Edited on August 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM. Reason : .]

8/19/2014 11:14:39 PM

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I mean, you have to have some sort of idea what you want. There's lots of good Master of Public Health programs (UNC, Hopkins, Berkeley, etc.). Hell, you can actually get a Master's from Harvard University Extension School - it's one of the constituent colleges of Harvard University and it's actually not too expensive and you're guaranteed entry if you meet basic minimums.

Do you know if you want to be in the public, private, or non-profit sector? Higher ed?

9/5/2014 2:36:13 PM

0EPII1
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do a master's in data science aka analytics

12/20/2014 5:21:18 AM

gz390
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Harvard extension school degrees aren't even respectable because it gives away that it is awarded by an online school.

If you want to do an online program make sure that no where on your degree or transcript does it gives away that it is online, that means things like "extension school" or "master of professional studies", "master of liberal studies", etc. (Degrees with unusual titles are almost always online degrees.) Otherwise it won't have the same respect as on-campus degrees and people can tell right away. Make sure the program is offered by the same academic unit that offers the equivalent on-campus program.

12/20/2014 10:23:04 AM

bbehe
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Welp, looks like I'm going to do data science, just need a place that'll take me

1/6/2015 11:32:00 PM

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Quote :
"Welp, looks like I'm going to do data science, just need a place that'll take me "


These are some good online options:

Northwestern:
http://sps.northwestern.edu/info/predictive-analytics.php?utm_source=google&utm_medium=ppc&utm_campaign=ppc_mspa&src=googleppc&gclid=CP3e5d2jg8MCFZPm7AodxB8A-g

UC Berkley:
http://requestinfo.datascience.berkeley.edu/index.html?s=search_brand_google&l=GGL%7CUCB-MIDS%7CBrand%7CTier_0%7CBroad%7CDom%7CBrand-Plus&ef_id=724605910_59846869599_0&gclid=CJrRpa6jg8MCFcXm7AodHlMAFA&siclientid=9787&sessguid=829edb79-7428-4c05-8763-c5310ad4d0e2&userguid=829edb79-7428-4c05-8763-c5310ad4d0e2&permguid=829edb79-7428-4c05-8763-c5310ad4d0e2


I do data science/statistics/machine learning so feel free to shoot me a PM.

[Edited on January 7, 2015 at 8:50 PM. Reason : ]

1/7/2015 8:49:58 PM

acraw
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I am looking into this but for bioinformatics/sequencing analysis. What field are you in?

2/12/2015 3:11:27 PM

neolithic
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My masters was in statistics and my PhD was in bioinformatics. What are you looking to do?

2/14/2015 10:58:08 AM

acraw
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I want to get out of academia. Do "big data" analysis for biotech sector. Would like to remain in translational science, like finding disease markers, mutations, etc.

Are you academia or industry? What did you curriculum look like? Math/comp sci heavy or science heavy?

2/15/2015 6:23:20 PM

neolithic
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I am a post-doc and will most likely try to stay in academia. However, there are a lot of opportunities for people with bioinformatics degrees in industry right now (most of which are very well paid opportunities). I know I'm heavily biased, but I think it is a really great time to be in this area no matter if you are in industry or academia.

All of the work I do is oriented heavily toward translational and clinical applications (your indicated area of interest), so if you have any other questions I'm happy to answer.

I think you would be able to find a job description to match your interests at most pharma or biotech companies. If you are located in RTP, there are a lot of those around, so you are in luck. I've also seen people hop successfully from start up to start up. If you've got the right personality, it looks like a fun way to always have a new, fresh project to work on.

As for my course work, my masters looked almost exactly like this:

http://www.stat.ncsu.edu/programs/grad/handbook/index.php/Master_of_Statistics_with_concentration_in_Statistical_Genetics


My PhD looked like this:
http://199.48.130.2/~ncsugenomx/bioinformatics/phd-program

I entered the stats masters as a separate program, and then continued on to the bioinformatics PhD program.

The stats degree was more math focused and came with its own qualifying exam (separate from the PhD set of quals). During the bioinformatics program I got to take a lot more of the molecular biology and science courses. In general, the bioinformatics degree had a lot more flexibility. I was able to sprinkle in computer science classes during both degrees, though.

2/16/2015 9:48:41 AM

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