Special Offer for Northwestern Alumni

Northwestern was one of the first universities to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) to experiment with new modes of teaching and learning and to engage with a global audience. To date, the University has produced over 30 individual courses, including three multi-course sequences called Specializations, on a range of diverse topics from the sciences to the humanities to professional development.  

And now, as a special offer to you as a alumus of Northwestern, you can take any of our MOOC offerings on Coursera and earn the paid Course or Specialization Certificate free of charge! 

This offering comes about through a collaboration among the Northwestern Alumni Association, Northwestern Human Resources, the Office of the Provost, and Northwestern Information Technology to provide the Northwestern community at large with the opportunity to experience our faculty in the virtual classroom. You can take a course in an area of your interest and on your own schedule.

Samir A. Desai, Executive Director of Learning and Organization Development with Northwestern Human Resources, hopes that everyone will take advantage of this offer, “This is a great way for a member of the Northwestern community to benefit from our fantastic course offerings, further build their skillsets, and learn from our talented faculty members about something that interests them.”

The benefits of earning a Course or Specialization Certificate include:

  • Advance your knowledge and build skills in a high-demand field.
  • Demonstrate your enhanced professional qualifications.
  • Highlight a new credential on your CV or resume and social media networks.  
Redeem Your Special Offer Today

To see a listing of all courses currently offered and their course descriptions, please visit our MOOC page on the Digital Learning website.  To learn more about the courses and this special offer, visit our page on the Office of the Provost’s website. You can register and take advantage of this offer at any time.

If you do not already have a Coursera account, sign up at https://www.coursera.org/.  To be eligible for the special free course certificate offer, you must sign up with your Northwestern email address -- OR -- if you already have a Coursera account, verify that you are using your Northwestern email address in your Coursera account settings in order to take advantage of this special free course certificate offer. If you are an alum without a current Northwestern email, you can sign up for one here. 

Learn anytime, anywhere!