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Masters in AI or Data Science or Big Data?

  • 1.  Masters in AI or Data Science or Big Data?

    Posted Wed September 30, 2020 12:19 AM
    Hello - this is my first post in this group :)

    Recently, I found a new role within IBM as Data Scientist. Now, I am planning to pursue Masters (part-time) in the similar field but highly confused what should be the right pick? There are masters available for Data Science, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.

    Previous qualifications: Bachelor's in Computer Science (BCA) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) 

    Looking for guidance so that I streamline the subject matter first and then the college/university. 


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    Nirmala Gautam
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  • 2.  RE: Masters in AI or Data Science or Big Data?

    Posted Wed September 30, 2020 01:23 AM
    Hi Nirmala,

    As per my understanding,

    If i correctly understood your question then my suggestion would be go for Masters in AI which will cover Data Science and Big data. Big data is nothing but how you are going to deal with unstructured data by using Spark and Hadoop tool. Process is, if you have Big data(data which you cant fit in Rows and columns) then first you need to convert it in structured data like rows and columns then apply Data Science technique in which you are currently working. However AI would be extra advantage for you.

    Note: You should enroll for AI only when you are confident enough in Data Science techniques(statistics, ML, Deep learning, Data engineering) else enroll for Data Science. Big Data knowledge works if you know the Data science and AI techniques.

    Hope it will help you,


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    SRUTI CHAURASIA
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  • 3.  RE: Masters in AI or Data Science or Big Data?

    Posted Wed September 30, 2020 01:49 AM
    Thank you for your guidance :)

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    Nirmala Gautam
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  • 4.  RE: Masters in AI or Data Science or Big Data?

    Posted Wed September 30, 2020 08:58 AM
    First congrats for Data Scientist job btw how you got into that job please tell me i also want to get job in big companies

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    Tom kun
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  • 5.  RE: Masters in AI or Data Science or Big Data?

    Posted Mon October 05, 2020 01:48 PM
    It's possible directly with IBM.


  • 6.  RE: Masters in AI or Data Science or Big Data?

    Posted Tue October 06, 2020 01:53 AM
    I'm surprised the three are offered separately.  A good university program at the graduate level should include those areas in one curriculum.  But if you had to pick one, pick the one that aligns with what you think you'd be comfortable doing.  If I had to generalize these areas, Data Science = Research, Big Data = Architecture, and Artificial Intelligence = Automation and Deployment (MLE-Machine Learning Engineering).  In my opinion, data science is about how you approach and solve problems (you will use open source tools).  Big data is about storing/retrieving data 3 to 5 Vs whichever source you refer to.  And AI, is integrating DS and BD to make stuff happen.  The last two are very technology specific and the technology is always changing.  So which do gravitate towards?  Having an MBA, you already have a good idea of how to help clients identify inefficiencies and opportunities.  You are also already pretty good with visualizations which can be a career on its own in data science.  Good visualizers are not common... and not many young data scientists I've met were familiar with whale charts, cumulative revenue curves, and tornado charts...  One thing to add, I don't think Big Data is where many clients should start when transitioning to 'data-driven' processes (of course there are exceptions).  Big Data is feasible when organizations have mature analytical processes.  These have all been gross generalizations but I hope they provide some insight to help you pick your path.  I would also suggest you look at the curricula for the offerings to see if you get course lists and descriptions before you have to select one.

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    Daniel Zyska
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