I haven’t applied to OMSA just yet, as I’m still finishing OMSCS (Online Master of Science in Computer Science). No one can be in 2 masters in GT at the same time, not my rule. This is from my experience as a GT grad student and as a verified student of GT’s MicroMaster in Analytics at edX.
First things first, nothing guarantees you’ll get into OMSA, but of course you can still build a strong application and improve your chances significantly.
Some stats from first OMSA cohort
Admission Committee will look at your profile and try to find some proof of a person who will finish the program (36 credits). For them to trust you in accomplishing that you need to demonstrate knowledge, experience, skills and more importantly a strong will, believe me you’ll need them all at some point.
Just as a side note, you can find me through my Linkedin profile and ask me any question related to OMSCS, OMSA or online education in general. Just send me an invitation and I’ll be glad to share my network with you.
If you don’t know or don’t remember some aspects of computer science or Statistics principles, I suggest you get into one or several courses, maybe some MOOCs in Coursera, Udacity or edX, as soon as you can. Mentioning them in you Statement of Purpose is a must.
From image shown below you may think GRE is not that important, as of 100 people who took the survey, most admitted students didn’t take GRE test. But at the same time, most people who didn’t get admitted didn’t take it either. I would suggest you take the GRE exam and try to ace it.
Image above was taken from here
GT’s MicroMasters in Analytics
Micromaster in Analytics from Georgia Tech at edX has 3 courses, all 3 from OMSA, they cost $500 each. If you’ve got a coupon, you can get each course for as low as $250. In comparison, an OMSA course costs $800 from what I know. There is a significant difference there. In that web page you’ll find the text shown below:
The Analytics MicroMasters program is comprised of three foundational courses from Georgia Tech’s full, interdisciplinary Online Master of Science in Analytics (OMS Analytics) degree available for less than $10,000. The MicroMasters program can serve as a helpful introduction to the degree experience.
Anyone with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent may apply to the OMS Analytics program, but the successful completion of one or more of these MicroMasters courses can help your application stand out in the admissions process. If admitted, learners have the opportunity to apply up to 9 hours (3 courses) of the edX MicroMasters credential as advanced standing credit toward the total of 36 hours required for the degree.
At the moment of this writing, there is only 1 of 3 courses available to register, the other 2 were available at some point. You need to be a verified student and scan your government ID in order to be eligible to ask for credits for each course (3 credits each) once you’re admitted to OMSA. If at first you are not presented with the “verified student” option, don’t worry, it means it will be available later on. Just be patient and check once in a while before start date, and have your coupon and credit card ready to do the payment. If you take the course as an audit student you won’t be able to ask for credits afterwards.
I think it’s not necessary that I tell you that you need to ace these courses, try to take at least one, and mention it in your Statement of Purpose (SOP). More on SOP below. If you can only take 1 MOOC before or while you build your application, take 1 of these courses, it doesn’t matter if the application process finishes before the course does. Mention your edX account ID as part of your SOP so they can jump in and see how you’re doing.
Statement of Purpose (SOP)
Maybe you would like to read this book to build your statement of purpose, it costs $3 in its kindle version at Amazon. I get nothing if you buy it, no money at all, buy another book or no book at all if you want to. You don’t have to read it all, but I encourage you to get one of this kind of books, it will make your SOP stand out from the rest. In my country there is not such thing as SOP to get into college, but for americans it seems to be a very important piece of information for admission decision. An SOP can make or break your whole application. If your grades as an undergraduate student weren’t the best you need to tell them why, and how you’ve changed since you got out of college, show some proof. Remember the number of applicants that actually get accepted from the video above, you want to be one of those guys.
Join the OMS Analytics Community
There is a Google Group called Georgia Tech OMS Analytics, I suggest you join that group, and ask for advice in any topic that hasn’t been mentioned in this post. There is an unofficial Slack group as well, but I think you need a GT email to be accepted by default, so you may need to be accepted by someone first. When you just start to get into something, any information is good information. Look for help.
You may get admitted without following any of the advice mentioned here, it is absolutely possible. But if you don’t want to wait for 6 months to apply once again, you better listen to advice from all people who’s made it through the admission process already. Not just me, I got into OMSCS, not OMSA, there is a lot more people who knows about this more than I do. Try to reach out to them and ask what they think.
Many other things can be added to this post I’m sure. If you find something, please let me know and I’ll add it. Thank you. Good luck with your OMSA application.