People need access to high quality learning more than ever. Degrees are no exception. That’s why we’re working with our university partners to build a new kind of degree experience. Today, we are excited to announce the development of six new degrees: a Master of Computer Science from Arizona State University, a Global Master of Public Health from Imperial College London, a Master of Computer Science from the University of Illinois, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of London, a Master of Applied Data Science from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan. With the addition of these degrees, Coursera will become a premier destination for world-class degrees with a total of 10 programs offered on our platform.
The cost of degrees has skyrocketed at the same time that technology is making postsecondary education more important than ever for career success over a lifetime. We put our heads together with our university partners to figure out a way to deliver degrees more affordably and flexibly with the same quality standards these universities are known for around the world.
Read below to learn more about the six new degree programs, all expected to launch later this year or in 2019.
Arizona State University’s Master of Computer Science
First class starting in Fall 2018
We are excited to be able to offer a Master of Computer Science from the university that has been ranked the #1 school for innovation over the last three years. This MCS program is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in computing or related areas who seek a deeper understanding of computing fundamentals in machine learning, cybersecurity, and big data as well as experience through real-world industry projects. Ranked in the top 5 for graduate employment by the Wall Street Journal, a Master of Computer Science from ASU will give students the edge they need to accelerate their careers.
Imperial College London’s Global Master of Public Health*
First class starting in 2019
Imperial College London is one of the top ten universities in the world according to QS World University Rankings 2018, and that’s just one of the reasons we’re excited to bring their Global Master of Public Health program to Coursera. Imperial College London’s research-driven, evidence-based approach gives students a comprehensive grounding in epidemiology, global health challenges, the role of innovation in health improvement, and other critical topics to develop, manage, and implement interventions in public health. The major focus of the program will be a significant practice-based project with real-world application that can be used in students’ portfolios and submitted for publication. Students in the program will work directly with faculty who regularly advise international organizations on strategies to improve global public health, and by earning this degree they’ll develop the skills needed to influence health policies around the world.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Master of Computer Science*
First class starting in Fall 2018
Illinois Computer Science is home to a U.S. News & World Report top-five graduate program — one of the best in the world. Starting this fall, students anywhere will have the chance to earn this premiere degree and learn from the same faculty that taught many of today’s technology innovators including founders and leaders at YouTube, PayPal, Microsoft, Netscape, and Yelp. This Master’s degree will prepare students with a strong theoretical foundation as well as access to professors in the most cutting-edge fields of computer science. The University of Illinois MCS expands upon the existing MCS in Data Science, which launched on Coursera in 2016 and which will continue to deliver a specialized data science track of courses. Today’s new expansion will allow students to select other areas of emphasis, including software engineering, parallel programming, and high-performance computing.
University of London’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science*
First class starting in Spring 2019
£9,600-£17,000, depending upon student’s geographic location
We are thrilled to offer Coursera’s first-ever undergraduate degree with the University of London, a school with 150 years of experience delivering distance education. As an online degree with the cost adjusted based on whether the student is in a developed or developing economy, this degree will open opportunities for people of all backgrounds and geographies. Education is the key to success in an economy that needs workers who can apply technology to different industries with creativity. Students will develop core programming skills and learn principles of computer science through creative, design-based projects covering topics like machine learning, virtual reality, and games development. We are excited that this degree will incorporate new ways to support students in their learning, including access to online tutors and the diverse faculty at Goldsmiths, University of London.
University of Michigan’s Master of Public Health*
First class starting in Fall 2019
The University of Michigan was a founding university partner in 2012, and we are excited to expand our shared work as we bring this bold new degree to life. For the first time, students anywhere in the world will be able to take individual courses or earn a full degree entirely online from one of the world’s most respected public health programs (ranked the #4 school of public health in the nation by US News & World Report). Michigan’s program emphasizes the application of research methods and public health principles to improve population health. Learners will receive accredited training from top faculty in a variety of public health disciplines for deep foundational understanding. This degree also enables individuals to select from a wide range of specializations for focused expertise, including population health, program planning and evaluation, health analytics, genomics and precision health. Graduates will join a network of over 575,000 University of Michigan alumni shaping our future.
University of Michigan’s Master of Applied Data Science*
First class starting in Fall 2019
Ten years ago, the job title “data scientist” didn’t exist. Today, it’s one of the fastest growing professions, and the University of Michigan is developing an innovative program to prepare people for the “sexiest job of the 21st century” (according to Harvard Business Review). Offered by the School of Information — ranked #1 in Information Systems by US News & World Report — this degree program will be developed by world-class faculty to enable people from a wide range of backgrounds to capitalize on the data revolution. Students in this degree program will develop a broad set of skills in everything from programming and statistics to machine learning and ethics.
*These degrees are subject to approval by the university.