IIT Madras is pioneering a completely online program to produce graduates who will be employable
in the sector that presently has high demand - Programming and Data Science. The program uses an
innovative combination of online learning and in-person assessment and is flexible and affordable.
I believe the program will be a gamechanger in the field of education in India in the coming years
and inspire other top-ranking institutions to launch many such online initiatives.
Who can join?
Can be pursued as a second degree by someone currently in college.
Anyone who has dropped out of / completed their Bachelor’s Degree may apply.
No age or stream or geographical
What is being offered?
Diploma in Programming
Diploma in Data Science
BSc Degree in Programming and Data Science
Are these official Diplomas and Degree of IIT Madras?
Yes. IITM senate approves and offers the Diploma(s) and Degree.
Degree holders become alumni of IIT Madras.
What is the Qualifier Process?
4 weeks of online courses and assignments to be completed.
Those who get minimum required scores in weekly assignments in the 4 weeks will get to write Qualifier Exam broadly based on the 4 weeks of content.
Those who get minimum
required scores in Qualifier Exam get to register for Foundational Level courses.
What is the Structure of the Program?
The program is split into three levels that have to be completed strictly in sequence:
For more detailed information about the IITM Online Degree program, our courses and fee structure, check out the
World Class Faculty
Learn from carefully designed courses taught by experienced IIT Madras faculty and other industry experts.
Our program is flexible with multiple entry and exit points for learners from different backgrounds
with different aspirations.
Each course will have discussion forums with an active academic team to help in clearing doubts.
There are three levels in our Online Degree program and to get a BSc Degree in Programming
and Data Science from IIT Madras, a learner has to successfully complete all three levels.
There is also the flexibility to exit at any level. Depending on the courses completed,
the learner can receive Foundational Certificate from Centre for Continuing Education, IIT Madras
or Diploma(s) from IIT Madras.
We are currently formulating a “Diploma Only Entry”
option for those who are interested in doing only Diploma Level courses and exiting with one
or both Diploma(s) from IIT Madras.
Total Courses: 31
116 credits, including 4 skill enhancement courses.
Completion time: 3 - 6 years
The time period for this is based on learner’s preferred pace and performance in assessments.
Expected learner engagement will be approximately 10hrs/course/week.
Fees: Each term, pay only for courses you register for!
Duration of each course: 12 weeks - Each week comprising 2-3
hrs of videos and online assignment(s).
Quizzes and Exams
3 Quizzes and one End Term Exam for each course - in person and
invigilated. Check out current Exam Cities.
Why learn Programming & Data Science?
Decision making is increasingly becoming data driven within the commercial sector and the government.
There is a large quantity of data readily available for this at present. Smart devices connected to
the internet bring more input sources, apart from those generated by humans as they interact with
services and one another. Data driven decision making involves the analysis of large volumes of data
to identify patterns and build predictive models. This requires a combination of skills ranging from
computing, statistics and mathematics, and is broadly labelled data science.
academic programs in data science are only just emerging, there is a huge gap between the demand for
data scientists and the supply of suitable qualified applicants in the job market. The throughput of
traditional classroom programs is limited and will not be able to provide the numbers needed to meet
the upcoming requirements. Online teaching has the potential to train much larger numbers, but delivering
scale without diluting quality has proven to be a challenge until recently.
This program therefore aims to create a thoroughly trained programmer, proficient
in application development, data sciences and machine learning.View Less