Microsoft wants more data scientists in the job market. But some young people need to acquire their knowledge starting completely anew, while mid-career professionals need to build on their previous experience.
As a result, Microsoft Corp. announced the Microsoft Professional Degree (MPD) program, for professionals at any
stage of their career to provides professionals with real-world knowledge and hands-on experience to grow their skills in critical fields.
Microsoft reports that recognizing a shortage of qualified individuals to fill the growing need for specific job roles, the Professional Program is a new way to learn the skills and get the hands-on experience these roles require.
The MPD program is designed as both a catalyst for individuals in the early stages of their career and an enhancement for mid-career professionals looking to sharpen and learn new skills to continue their success in the dynamic high-tech job market.
Students need to enroll in specific course sessions.
A calendar for each class is available here; prospective students can read the detailed syllabus, examine the elective options for each unit and enroll on the edX page of the class. Each step requires a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 8 hours to be completed.
Courses are available anywhere students have access to edX; however, the courses are currently available in English only.