As a sample, Week 1 content videos have been made available for the first four Foundational
Level courses for you to try and learn from. We recommend you to check out these lectures
and try the sample assignment we have put out for each course.
Here are the links to Week 1 Content & Assignment Pages -
Second Batch Applications Open - 17 December 2020
Second Batch Applications Close - 6 February 2021
Second Batch Qualifier Starts - 1 March 2021
View all important
IIT Madras is pioneering a completely online program to produce graduates who will be
in the sector that presently has high demand - Programming and Data Science. The program
innovative combination of online learning and in-person assessment and is flexible and
I believe the program will be a gamechanger in the field of education in India in the coming
and inspire other top-ranking institutions to launch many such online initiatives.
Who can join?
No age or stream restrictions.
Can learn from anywhere. Note that the exam centres are currently restricted to India and UAE.
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
Our program is flexible with multiple entry and exit points for learners from different
with different aspirations.
Each course will have discussion forums with an active academic team to help in clearing
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
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
Duration of each course: 12 weeks - Each week
hrs of videos and online assignment(s).
Quizzes and Exams
3 Quizzes and one End Term Exam for each course - in
invigilated. Check out current Exam Cities.
Why learn Programming & Data Science?
Decision making is increasingly becoming data driven within the commercial sector and the
There is a large quantity of data readily available for this at present. Smart devices connected
the internet bring more input sources, apart from those generated by humans as they interact
services and one another. Data driven decision making involves the analysis of large volumes of
to identify patterns and build predictive models. This requires a combination of skills ranging
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
data scientists and the supply of suitable qualified applicants in the job market. The
traditional classroom programs is limited and will not be able to provide the numbers needed to
the upcoming requirements. Online teaching has the potential to train much larger numbers, but
scale without diluting quality has proven to be a challenge until recently.
This program therefore aims to create a thoroughly trained programmer,
in application development, data sciences and machine learning.View Less
What do Industry Experts have to say about our Program