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As for the program reviews, I got the following feedback -
Oklahoma State University
The program and the curriculum are top-notch. You can expect the coursework to be rigorous, with the right mix to equip you with the technical skills. It is well structured and equally distributed in all the semesters. There is an amalgamation of Programming, Statistics, Predictive Modelling, Marketing and Finance, Marketing Analytics, Data Mining, Advanced Analytics, and Optimization. Apart from the core courses, the department has formed four electives - Marketing Analytics, Advanced Data Science, Health Analytics, and Cybersecurity Analytics. You can also work with your advisor to customize the set of electives to suit your career goals.
Job opportunities - The alumni of the department are currently working in companies like Walmart, Dell, Airbnb, Barclays, Capital One, Comcast, GM, Apple, Ford. You can expect all the top companies to come for recruitment.
The department has uploaded the following stats of students getting full-time placements, industry, and average salary -
Students get summer internships and advanced internships (Co-op) as well. The companies that come to recruit for these internships in the first semester itself - will help you in experiential learning. Apart from this, there are also TAship and RAship available within the department and other departments as well. These are given on merit, and if you get one, it will help you a great deal financially.
The program has a strong brand and stronger alumni network that will help open up new avenues. This is reflected in its course and college ranking as well.
I believe it is an added bonus that the program will not sit so heavy on your pocket.
University of Texas at Austin
The MS in Information Systems offered by the university has mainly three components - Core courses, electives, and Capstone experience course. There is a single core course (Perspectives on Information). The electives can be selected within the School or in any other department of the university. The “capping” experience/course will mainly help you integrate your theoretical knowledge with the practical. It is similar to your thesis or project in the last semester. You can, however, choose the type of capping experience you want to complete. Options include - a fieldwork-based project, a Master’s report, or thesis. The main difference between report and thesis is that thesis will stretch over two semesters with longer research.
Coming to the faculty - the faculty comes from diverse backgrounds and is an expert in their respective fields.
I would suggest looking at the courses offered by the department because a large portion of the students enrolled in the course is looking to follow the librarian/archivist track. The university is top-ranked and the course has become reputable. However, the ranking and reputation won’t matter if what you are studying does not correspond to your career goals. The reviews for the course are good overall. Even the employment opportunities after graduation are vast and are not limited to just one field.
The alumni of the program got hired for positions like - librarian, Archivist/Digital Archivist, Software Engineer, UX Designer, UX Researcher, Data Engineer, Records Manager, Data Scientist, Product Designer, and Analyst. These are the top 10 job titles with an average salary of $78,491. Students usually start the job search 12 months prior to graduation.
The alumni are currently working in companies like Amazon, Cisco, Dell, Deutsche Bank, IBM, Austin Public library, and many more. To lighten your financial burden, there are of course TAships and RAships available.
I hope this helps you. If you have any further doubts or queries, do post on this thread. I’d be happy to help.
All the best!