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Coursera Now Offers 14 Online Degrees

By Henry Kronk
April 03, 2019

With over 40 million users, Coursera is the world’s biggest MOOC provider. While many learners find huge value in individual online courses, the platform also offers entire degree paths in various subjects. On Tuesday, at their annual Partners Conference, Coursera announced two new degree offerings: a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Data Science, both from the University of Colorado Boulder. 

The Latest from Coursera’s Partners Conference

This brings the total number of degrees offered by Coursera to 14. Besides the two announced this week, five have come out in the last year. 

The Master in Electrical Engineering focuses on bringing learners up to speed in order to become a competitive professional in the industry and also includes a unit on photonics. The Master in Data Science, meanwhile, marks a less-standardized offering. It combines data and computer science with geospatial analytics and natural-language processing.

There are no prerequisites for enrolling in either of the two new degrees. Instead, learners will be asked to establish sufficient competency in the subject matter of each degree. The electrical engineering pathway is expected to accept its first cohort in 2019, while the Master in Data Science is still under development. 

Two New Offerings from the University of Colorado Boulder

“The MS-EE and MS-DS are driven by the University of Colorado Boulder’s vision to innovate education, shape tomorrow’s leaders, and deliver impactful programs to the globe. With performance-based admissions, an entirely modular curriculum, and stackable credentials, the degrees also return to Coursera’s original mission of educational access for a new global economy,” said William Kuskin, Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives at the University of Colorado Boulder. “These programs lead us into the future of education. Together with Coursera, we can change the world.”

The announcement comes on the heels of another new degree from Coursera: a Master of Science in Machine Learning from Imperial College London. 

Also at the Partners Conference, Coursera unveiled an expansion of their MasterTrack program. The service compiles different courses that can be  applied as credits toward a degree and tracks credentials one has earned. As announced on Tuesday, it will soon include a Spatial Data Analysis and visualization credential from the University of California, Davis. 

As Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda wrote in a blog post, “Coursera is also committed to providing a variety of higher education pathways to meet the diverse needs and goals of every learner. At this year’s Partners Conference, we announced an expansion of our MasterTrack™ program portfolio, including a Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization MasterTrack™ program from the University of California, Davis* that is in active development. Coursera’s MasterTrack™ program breaks portions of master’s programs into modules, so students can earn a university-issued credential online at a breakthrough price. Students who complete a MasterTrack™ program and are admitted into the university’s related master’s program can have their progress count towards the degree.

Subject to Final Approval

“In an era of rapid change and evolving skills, degrees and credentials are key to career advancement. We look forward to continuing to work with our world-class partners to build high quality, flexible, and affordable degrees and credentials of the future.”

While the Master of Electrical Engineering is set to go, the Master in Data Science is still subject to final approval from the University of Colorado. Likewise, the Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization MasterTrack is still in the works and requires final approval from UC Davis. 

Media courtesy of Coursera.

2 Comments

  1. It is clear that the government has no control over federal dollars being given away. The monitoring of schools has been a disaster and the accreditation of schools is NOT dependable unless you are Ivy League school bound. Yes, smaller programs should receive funding but only with measures in pLace to ensure that every dollar is spent wisely. Money should be used as a stepping stone and should also be given to programs that provide internships that assist getting a decent first job. From there a student gains the ability to pay more of a portion of their own college expense and should be able to borrow say 50% of a college class. Community college should be free for a certain amount of credits with assistance for books for truly poor. Graduate students should pay for themselves through either job assistance or having assets to acquire a loan through a credit union or bank. I could be totally flawed in my thinking about things but I have spent many years in college and have seen a lot of waste. The for-profit college is a experience started as a good idea but has proven to be disasterous when they started trading on Wall Street. Greed and strong lobbying to keep the gravy train rolling along should have stopped a long time ago. Great performing regional programs working with local employers that gives a great stepping stone to grow and pay for future education is the way to go.