CMU eBiz硕士项目突然被取消!

​CMU提供多个计算机硕士学位(MSIT),其中一个专业叫eBusiness Technology,简称eBiz,招生以非CS背景学生为主,是众多转CS申请人的梦校之一,多年来在一亩三分地里被反复讨论。

昨天,地里有同学转发了CMU的邮件,这个项目被取消了。

Please see below for a message from Dr. Shamos, Director of the MSIT eBusiness Technology program.   Your application fee will be reimbursed.  If you need access to your application for any reason, please do so before noon today, November 20, 2017.   The application system will be closed after that time.. From 1point 3acres bbs

The School of Computer Science and the Institute for Software Research have decided to discontinue the “MSIT in eBusiness Technology” graduate program as of the end of August 2018, after the graduation of the current class.  The program has been part of the SCS portfolio since 2004, and it has shown growing success in educational accomplishment and in placement of students. There have been changes in the economic environment, however, and the learning-by-doing methodology of the program — which requires intense faculty involvement, with seventeen faculty members working to deliver the curriculum each year — is no longer financially viable. The decision was not made lightly in view of the exceptional academic quality of the program, its uniqueness in the world, the caliber of its faculty and staff, and the outstanding characteristics of its current students and nearly 1,000 alumni around the world.  The program will continue in normal fashion through graduation.  No new applications will be accepted.

看到这个消息,很是感慨。从一亩三分地成立至今,eBiz一直是大家讨论的热点之一:从被嘲讽是CMU最水的项目(喜欢招没有CS背景的学生、经常有新生不会写程序),到被大家赞叹接近100%的就业率(Oracle保底、IT大形势好等),到最终成为转CS申请人的几个顶尖选择之一、申请难度暴涨。这些年来,eBiz帮助很多毫无CS背景的学生,实现了往IT行业软件工程师的跳跃,真的造福了很多人,文中提到的接近1000校友,估计中国人七八百吧。

显然,对于申请2018fall的同学们来说,这是个坏消息。现在转专业申请CS的人很多,并且逐年猛增,现在顶尖选择又少了一个,原本指望被eBiz捞走的一百号人,得往下申请,压力会层层传递下去。

亲爱的读者,你是eBiz校友吗?什么感想?

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