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Any online certificate courses from reputed universities?

Asked by albert_e (529points) August 23rd, 2010

Do any of the big universities (Stanford, MIT, Oxford, etc.) offer online courses that we can pursue as a part-time study?

I am interested in courses that offer a formal certificate from the university.

I have wide interests – ranging from astronomy to music to business management – and would like to pursue these interests further. I am also wondering it would be worthwhile the effort if one can also keep a objective goal of achieving a certification from a much recognized authority. I am looking for a part-time, online course because I cannot take a break from work or travel to another country for this.

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

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janbb's avatar

This is just a guess, but I would imagine that most of the top universities would only offer online courses for no credit, just enrichment, and/or have some online courses that would be part of a residency degree. Your best bet in terms of researching this further would be to go to the websites of the individual schools that interest you and look up their offerings under “distance education” or “online courses.” I am in education at a community college and that is the way we offer them.

bolwerk's avatar

Online certificate programs are widely available from top universities in the USA. NYU certainly has a few, for instance.

However, unless you find something no one else has or are just looking to burn money, for this kind of course work I really don’t see much point in going to a top tier university. You get the exact same education from a community college’s or state school’s continuing education programs.

CUNY Off-Campus College offers some.

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talljasperman's avatar

Athabasca university has astronomy and business classes. They have certificate programs.

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