Coursera for Duke Alumni

Feel like a student again from the comfort of your home or office. With over 60 online courses taught by Duke Faculty to choose from, you can:

  • Build new skills
  • Explore a new subject
  • Advance your career goals

Alumni have access to all of the Duke provided courses on Coursera and can earn the corresponding Coursera Certificates for FREE.

How do I start?

To start learning, go to Coursera for Duke Alumni and click the “Join for Free” button. Use your OneLink account to create an alumni login. Once logged in, scan the course catalogue and enroll in the class of your choice with the click of a button.

If you don’t have OneLink, or are unsure, you can look up or create a OneLink here.


Excel to MySQL: Analytic Techniques for Business

Excel to MySQLEnhance your resume and professional skills with one of Duke’s 5 Specializations. A Coursera Specialization is a series of related courses designed to help you master a specific topic. Check out Duke’s most popular specialization, Excel to MySQL: Analytic Techniques for Business (Beginner Level)

Civic Engagement in American Democracy

Civic Engagement in American DemocracyEngage more deeply with the world around you or refresh your knowledge with one of the social science courses, such as Civic Engagement in American Democracy (Beginner Level)

Introduction to Machine Learning

Introduction to Machine LearningExpand your skill set with something new or learn more about emerging technologies with Introduction to Machine Learning (Intermediate Level)



Who is allowed to use Coursera for Duke Alumni?

Alumni of Duke University (those who have participated in a degree-seeking program or specific educational programs through the university) are eligible for this FREE benefit. If you are uncertain whether you qualify, please contact Duke Alumni Relations at (919) 684-5114 or

If you are a current student, faculty, or staff member you have access to Coursera for Duke which includes the same benefits.

Will I receive course credit from Duke University on my official college transcript by completing a Coursera for Duke Alumni course?

No. At this time, courses and specializations provided on Coursera are not credit bearing and will not provide college transcript credit. The certificate provided is through Coursera only.

How much does it cost to take a course or earn a course certificate on Coursera?

All of the Duke provided Coursera courses and specializations, with the corresponding certificate, are FREE for alumni when using the Coursera for Duke Alumni portal. This benefit only pertains to courses provided by Duke University of which there are over 60 to choose from.

How are Coursera for Duke Alumni classes formatted? Do I have to show up at a certain time?

All of the classes are pre-recorded so that you can watch content anywhere and at any time available to you.

When are courses available on Coursera for Duke Alumni?

Courses are available either as a session (specific start date) or on demand. Both formats provide suggested deadlines. In on demand courses, you can turn off or adjust deadlines if the suggested schedule does not work for you. This provides a flexible learning schedule to meet your needs. (More information can be found on the Coursera Help Center.)