About this course: With a full tuition under $20K, the University of Illinois Master of Computer Science - Data Science (MCS-DS) is the most affordable gateway to one of the most lucrative and fastest growing careers of the new millennium. The MCS-DS builds expertise in four core areas of computer science: data visualization, machine learning, data mining and cloud computing, in addition to building valuable skill sets in statistics and information science with courses taught in collaboration with the University’s Statistics Department and ISchool (ranked #1 among Library and Information Studies Schools.) The purpose of this community is to provide you with resources and support during the application process for the MCS-DS. You can post questions, discuss with fellow students who are also considering applying, and read about latest updates of the program. Admission officers from the University of Illinois will also be active in the forums and answer questions. If you have any questions/feedback please post them in the forums!