Student Experience

University of Colorado Boulder


Student Experience

The CU Boulder MS-DS program will be delivered as a fully online degree via Coursera. This online Master of Science degree in Data Science has the same learning outcomes as CU Boulder’s on-campus MS-DS program.

As an established global learning provider, Coursera uses innovative techniques to provide a world-class educational experience. Teaching and learning in the program will be delivered through the Coursera platform using a range of methods including:

  • Pre-recorded lectures and video capture
  • Slide-decks with audio commentary
  • Practical exercises in coding and analysis
  • Asynchronous peer-to-peer and staff-moderated discussion forums
  • Synchronous scheduled live tutorials
  • Discussion forums and office hours
  • Discussion prompts

The assessment methods, also delivered through the Coursera platform, include:

  • Online quizzes
  • Video blogs
  • Case study review discussions
  • Coding exercises

Students learn as a cohort through discussion boards (which can be used as assessment through graded discussion prompts) and peer assessed exercises. These features, ranging from live classroom sessions to group peer sessions, allow each student to participate in an interactive, supportive, and engaging experience and ensure the highest quality online learning environment.


Lectures are organized into weekly modules, which you can access via on-demand videos or interactive transcripts. Pace yourself through online lectures before meeting with the teaching team and your classmates to dive deeper into the material.


Access your courses from anywhere — you can even download them to your mobile device and study offline without using your data plan.


Interact with fellow students through course discussion forums and networking apps. Get access to every question asked and answered by previous students.

Coursera does not grant credit, and does not represent that any institution other than the degree granting institution will recognize the credit or credential awarded by the institution; the decision to grant, accept, or transfer credit is subject to the sole and absolute discretion of an educational institution.