I have been admitted to UIUC - MS in Statistics-Analytics program, and Duke's MS in Interdisciplinary Data Science program. Though I like Duke's curriculum more than UIUC, as it offers more flexibility and variety of subjects, the following two points are my concern:
1. Duke's two year tuition fees is $94300, whereas UIUC is costing around $58000 for two years. Is it worth spending $35000 extra for Duke?
2. Duke's program will have it's inaugural class in Fall 2018, whereas UIUC has an established program.Is this more of an advantage to Duke students, as department will put their best efforts to turn this new initiative into a success, or it would be more of a disadvantage?