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Find the right online master's degree for you

Top master's degrees, designed to fit your life.

Receiving a master's degree can open a path to a career in many fields. Whether you are looking to advance your career or change careers and work in a new field, you can find affordable online master's degrees from top universities offered on Coursera.

A master’s degree typically takes eighteen months to two years of full-time study, but several factors can increase or decrease the time commitment involved in attaining this graduate-level degree. With a master’s degree, you can open doors to new job prospects and increased earning potential. (Learn more about key factors determining the length of a Master's Degree.)

Whether it takes one year or three, pursuing a master’s degree represents a significant time commitment. Before you decide whether one of these programs is right for you, it’s important to evaluate your career goals.

Some fields require a master’s for an entry-level job. In other professions, having a master’s isn’t required but can increase your upward mobility within a company or along your career path. This is typically the case in fields such as business, education, healthcare, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

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We partner with leading universities to deliver the world's best online degree programs.

You don't need to quit your job or move to a new city to earn a top university degree. Learn from the same professors and graduate with a high-value credential from the same university. Choose from a wide variety of online Master’s degrees in some of today’s most in-demand fields.

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$22,000 for an online degree vs $52,000 for an on-campus degree

Affordable Pricing

Earn a high-stature degree for much less than similar on-campus programs.

We partner with top universities to create affordable learning programs that make degrees more accessible for everyone. With tuition well below most on-campus degree programs, online degrees on Coursera are designed to allow students to invest in their education and increase their earning potential post-graduation. Financial aid is available for qualified students.

If you’re a working professional considering a master’s degree, you might qualify for employer sponsorship or reimbursement. Some companies, recognizing the value of a highly-skilled employee who already knows the company landscape, offer some form of tuition assistance.

Modular and Stackable

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Courses, Specializations, or MasterTrack Certificates that are part of degrees allow you to start learning right away, so you can make progress on your own schedule. If you are admitted to the full program, your completed courses count towards your degree learning.

Modular and Stackable

Applied, Real-World Learning

Benefit from team-based learning and live expert instruction.

Online degrees on Coursera are powered by technology that helps you spark meaningful connections with faculty and your peers. Throughout the program, you may attend online lectures from anywhere and interact directly with professors and classmates. On every step of your learning journey, you’ll have access to a dedicated online student support team. Get help to resolve sticking points so you can master new concepts and skills.

What students and faculty say

Performance-based admissions for the Boulder MS-EE was the key point that really sold me on it.Andrei, Boulder MS-EE student
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The program is wonderfully flexible. I want to maintain my job while gaining the skills to be a better entrepreneur and intrapreneur.Till BärnighausenMSIE student
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The theoretical background that I am getting from the Illinois MCS program I am able to use a lot of those ideas on a day-to-day basis.Fernando D.IL MCS-DS Student
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My first week of studying was in Africa with no mobile or wifi. I was able to download all the content in advance.Christie LoustauMacquarie GMBA student

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Grant M.

University of Illinois iMBA Student

Average age

35 years

Anu A.

University of Illinois MCS-DS Student

Average work experience

14 years

Students represent

95 countries

Qian Z.

University of Illinois MCS-DS Student

1st year student retention

92%

Ashish K.

University of Illinois MCS-DS Graduate

Led by the same top-ranked professors who lecture on campus

Hayden Noel

Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Illinois, iMBA

Helen Ward

Professor, Imperial College London, Global Master of Public Health

Dr. Charles Russell Severance

Clinical Professor, University of Michigan, Master of Applied Data Science

Rebecca Mitchell

Professor of Management, Associate Dean, Macquarie Business School, Global MBA

Robert Erickson

Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Andréa Richa

Professor, Arizona State University, Master of Computer Science

Frequently Asked Questions

  • In most cases yes, though there are some exceptions. Some programs also allow you to begin your master’s coursework while still earning your bachelor’s degree.

  • MBA programs, or Master of Business Administration, are a specific type of master’s degree geared toward careers in business and leadership.

  • Yes. Many master’s programs accept degrees from other fields so long as they’re from an accredited school.

Master's & Bachelor's Degrees on Coursera

Coursera offers online Master’s degrees and Bachelor's degrees in Data Science, Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, MBA, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, and Public Health. If you are still evaluating a full degree program on Coursera, you might be interested in a MasterTrack Certificate. Computer Science MasterTrack Certificates that are part of degrees allow you to start learning right away, so you can make progress on your own schedule. If you are admitted to the full program, your completed courses count towards your degree learning.

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