MSDA students take this course during their second semester at SJSU. Silicon Valley domain experts and industry leaders are invited to the class each week to present their case studies and propose industry project topics for students. After completing this class, students can potentially connect with Silicon Valley experts and work on real-world master’s degree projects (DATA 298A and 298B) in the following two semesters. Students also may have the opportunity to seek internships by connecting with Silicon Valley companies.
SJSU professors and industry experts teach the MSDA courses. Professors are recruited from current instructor pools from five of SJSU’s colleges: the College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Health and Human Sciences, the College of International and Extended Studies, and the College of Science.
The current 44 MSDA students have earned their B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in business, engineering as well as computer, natural, health, social and human sciences from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Iowa State, Michigan State, Oregon, Penn State, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Washington, California State University (East Bay, San Bernardino, San Jose), University of California (Davis, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego), State University of Campinas (Brazil), Zhejiang University (China), India Institute of Technology (India), National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan), as well as other U.S. and international universities.
The MSDA program was developed by Industry Curriculum Advisors and professors from 5 SJSU colleges. Each college will assign a person from its instructor pool to teach the pertinent class.