A List of 60 Free Courses Granting Certificates from Great Universities (Some Starting This Week!)

in Online Courses | October 15th, 2012

Earlier this year we began telling you about a potential revolution in education — the birth of MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. As explained above, these courses let students, thousands at a time, take courses from great universities for free online. What’s more, most of these courses offer students a credential — something like a certificate of completion — if they master the material covered in the class. Some of the MOOC providers are well known: Coursera, Udacity, and edX. Others, like Class2Go, Google Course Builder and Venture Lab, are just emerging. But, together, they’re producing courses at breakneck speed, and we thought it was time to start organizing a list for you.

Today, we’re rolling out a list of 60 Free Courses Granting Certificates from Great Universities. The list organizes courses chronologically by start date, and it indicates the kind of credential the courses offer — for example, Certificates of Completion, Statements of Accomplishment, or Certificates of Mastery. The list, which happens to include another 15 courses not bearing certificates, will be regularly updated. You can expect it to grow rapidly, and you can always access it by clicking Certificate Courses in the top navigation of our web site. Below we have listed a number of online courses starting this week:

Get the full list here. It includes 75 Massive Open Courses in total.

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  1. Carlos Gonzalez says . . .
    October 15, 2012 / 8:49 am

    I´d like to know if you have COACHING Courses?
    I´m interested on it
    Thanks a lot,
    Carlos Gonzalez B.

  2. Maria says . . .
    October 15, 2012 / 10:26 am

    I would like to know if people from Spain can take these courses.

  3. Manuel Carrillo says . . .
    October 15, 2012 / 9:40 pm

    Hello!
    I think you forgot to mention the online courses from “Yale University”. They are very good. You don´t receive any certificate but they are very well structured and the topics are very interesting.

    http://oyc.yale.edu/

    Best wishes!

  4. October 17, 2012 / 4:18 am

    The Cisco certification is one of the most common and popular certifications that focus on network operations. Obtained directly from Cisco, the students need to pass an exam. The student can earn CCNA certification and upgrade further with specialized certificates.

  5. Dan Colman says . . .
    October 17, 2012 / 8:52 am

    Hi Maria,

    These courses are designed for students anywhere. So you can take them from Spain.

    Best regards,
    Dan

  6. joan taylor/synergy yoga says . . .
    October 19, 2012 / 7:39 am

    I am looking for a free life coaching course hopefully with a certificate of completion at least, there is a great need at the local jail where i volunteer teaching yoga to help inmates change the course of their lives and build self esteem.
    Do you have any?
    JT

  7. Sherry Ayers says . . .
    November 7, 2012 / 9:16 am

    RE: Free online courses, certificates. I am looking for any free paralegal courses. Are there anyone on here or somewhere else? Thank you.

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  9. ebrahim says . . .
    January 12, 2014 / 12:47 am

    I am looking for on-line security training. I would like to know if you have any?

  10. Greg David says . . .
    January 31, 2014 / 12:13 pm

    Sherry did yu find anything? I just started looking today for free online paralegal education.

  11. Ahmad farid behzad says . . .
    March 7, 2014 / 4:13 am

    Hi dear sir/Madam My name is Ahmad farid behzad I am working in ministry of Finance in Afghanistan I am looking for a free Accounting and Finance course hopefully with a certificate of completion at least, there is a great need at the Treasury Department in ministry of Finance where i volunteer working in Finance to help inmates change with new terms of finance and new skills and make it advanced .
    Do you have any?

  12. emmanuel mensah says . . .
    June 28, 2014 / 12:05 pm

    If i may ask, do you have jewellery course online or what course can I do to attach my jewellery.

  13. Shana says . . .
    July 1, 2014 / 2:12 pm

    i would like to know if students will receive a hard copy of the certificate and if this will attract a cost

  14. Shana says . . .
    July 1, 2014 / 2:14 pm

    i would also like to know if the courses are accredited.

  15. evans muleka says . . .
    July 20, 2014 / 9:39 am

    Do you have any free coarse in first aid,defensive driving?

  16. Dan Colman says . . .
    July 20, 2014 / 10:38 pm

    Sorry, Evans, we haven’t come across that…

    Dan

  17. PRAMENDRA KUMAR says . . .
    July 21, 2014 / 4:40 am

    KYA HINDI LANGUAGE ME KOI ONLINE FREE DIPLOMA COURSES HAI

  18. menzi ncongwane says . . .
    July 23, 2014 / 4:25 am

    i would like to register could you please guide me on how the certification goes

  19. ELIZABETH CHRISTIANA KAMARA says . . .
    November 8, 2014 / 1:05 pm

    Dear sir/madam am from Sierra Leone I just want to know how do people get their certificates at the end of the course and how do u know that you have been accepted?

  20. mpiima says . . .
    January 7, 2015 / 8:20 am

    am looking for a free diploma course in automotive engeenering

  21. shariefa hamza says . . .
    January 9, 2015 / 6:47 pm

    I would like to do some free courses with certificates

  22. Georgios Giannakopoulos says . . .
    January 21, 2015 / 9:27 am

    I’m looking for a free courses with certifications in telecommuniction engeenering (2G/GSM/3G/UMTS/4G/LTE/RADIO etc)

    Thank you

  23. nashwa says . . .
    March 13, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    hi my name is nashwa Ahmed I’m living in zagazigand work as assistant lecturer in faculty of nursing psychiatric and mental health nursing For 5 years

  24. Dena Estrin says . . .
    May 25, 2015 / 6:33 am

    Hi, I would like to know how to begin a life coaching course and when I could begin.
    Thank you

  25. Ravi Suryavanshi says . . .
    June 24, 2015 / 11:23 am

    I am from India. Can we registered for more than one in same time?

  26. agukwu joy says . . .
    July 1, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    am looking for a real estate free online course and free certificate.

  27. lapah luis says . . .
    July 10, 2015 / 8:47 am

    that’s awersome

  28. Kabbah Brima says . . .
    August 6, 2015 / 10:56 am

    I want to have a certificate training in Public Health will you please help me?

  29. Abas says . . .
    August 10, 2015 / 4:54 am

    i went to have diploma in english wil you help me please ???????????

  30. Michelle says . . .
    August 13, 2015 / 12:32 pm

    I am looking for free classes for my Masters in Psychology.

  31. Oluwasegun Timothy Alabi says . . .
    August 15, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    I want a free course in Broadcasting/Journalism with a certificate of completion.Thank you.

  32. adnan says . . .
    August 19, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    hey there guys how to enroll in these course what the procedure please tell i want to learn something from here ?

  33. Seshophe says . . .
    September 3, 2015 / 7:25 am

    hie, I need a free program on M&E or community development

  34. NJABULO says . . .
    September 10, 2015 / 9:59 am

    hi i wish to get a free diploma in business

  35. hemanth says . . .
    September 27, 2015 / 5:31 am

    I want to get certified in CCNA courses as Cisco certified through online

  36. Abdulaahi Maxamuud Raage says . . .
    September 27, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    I would to expet my request

  37. Kibirango Oscar says . . .
    September 30, 2015 / 11:40 pm

    i want to have a free online short course on time management, can i get help?

  38. Perard Pierre says . . .
    October 8, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    I would like to take a classes online child care program and summer camp

  39. aleksandar says . . .
    October 12, 2015 / 7:51 am

    hi i like to ask if there is a network administrator course and adobe photoshop course and do i get a certificate thanks

  40. aleksandar says . . .
    October 12, 2015 / 7:53 am

    hi im from MACEDONIA is there a web design course and html , php , c# , C++, thanks

  41. aleksandar says . . .
    October 12, 2015 / 7:54 am

    is there a UNITY 5 course

  42. Abdullahi Danmusa says . . .
    October 19, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    Hi I’m wondering if there is online certificate on post graduate diploma on education.

  43. Maissa Elyazi says . . .
    October 25, 2015 / 4:53 am

    Hi sir,
    i would like to join online course concerning Admin assistant & office manager job with free certification if available or without …
    Your advice will be highly appreciated.
    thank you

  44. Mursal Ismail says . . .
    November 8, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    i wanna free courses for civil engineering in undergraduate students.
    if you have any courses send me a request.

  45. Muhammad Bashir Muhammad says . . .
    November 10, 2015 / 5:39 am

    aleksandar and many others seeking for diploma corses on i.t or other courses.
    Plz kindly search for your courses in:
    http://www.edx.org
    http://www.alison.com
    You will find so many free only little are to br paid for. Search there. Their courses are based on top recognized world universities. Hope it was interesting ^_^

  46. Muhammad Bashir Muhammad says . . .
    November 10, 2015 / 5:41 am

    check here:www.w3schools.com for your needed courses. Thanks

  47. Samantha Lane says . . .
    November 22, 2015 / 11:07 am

    I am looking for a cheap way to help mom and dad’s who volunteer at our local family center to achieve a certification through field work of their time volunteering. We have a receptionist, sale associate, housekeeping, data entry, waitressing, and assistant chef positions. Trying to find a way to give our state volunteers ambition and credibility to move forward into the working world

  48. betwAz says . . .
    November 26, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    I like it but how do l get started!

  49. mrs p iloagba says . . .
    December 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

    i would like to do health and social care on a free on line courses pls do you offer that will like to know

  50. anum says . . .
    December 4, 2015 / 8:35 am

    hello, i would like to know that you are offering an english course too i am interested in it.

  51. December 15, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    I want certificate

  52. December 15, 2015 / 6:52 pm

    Certificate

  53. BADMUS MONSURU OLAMIDE says . . .
    December 25, 2015 / 4:10 am

    ineed certificate please

  54. Brian says . . .
    January 13, 2016 / 7:52 am

    This site keeps coming up in searches for totally, absolutely FREE online courses AND FREE certificates to print immediately. Nothing FREE on here at all – don’t waste your time if you are truly destitute these guy’s won’t help at all!

  55. waqar Ahmed says . . .
    January 14, 2016 / 9:40 am

    Plz would u like to help me . Plz I need a online free courses of metallurgy and materials engineering with certificate

  56. Paramjit says . . .
    January 16, 2016 / 7:35 am

    Kindly admit me in on-line free acupuncture course.

    Kindly admit me in free online acupuncture course.

  57. April Halfacre says . . .
    January 17, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Do you have any courses free courses for phlebotomy?

  58. AYOOLA BABATUNDE says . . .
    January 18, 2016 / 4:28 am

    I WANT TO STUDY STRATEGIC LEADSHIP FROM YOUR GREAT CITADEL OF LEARNING. THANKS

  59. Girum Getu says . . .
    January 21, 2016 / 5:58 am

    I am from Ethiopia. am a lecturer in a university in the department of metallurgical and materials engineering. I would like to join online course concerning metallurgical and materials science with free certification if available.
    Your advice will be highly appreciated.
    thank you for your time and consideration

  60. Apoorva says . . .
    January 26, 2016 / 11:04 am

    how to join the .what is process of join the course.

  61. Ansumana kabba says . . .
    February 4, 2016 / 3:08 am

    I want to study software engineering,im kindly asked if you have the course

  62. Salman sajid says . . .
    February 8, 2016 / 2:59 am

    How can I join the course?

  63. Basang Emmanuel says . . .
    February 10, 2016 / 11:13 pm

    I am from a very poor family and wish to know if study to obtain a Diploma in Human Resources is completely free or there are some conditions?If it is completely free,i will wish to go in for Human Resource Diploma course.Therefore,you help and give me the programme including the booklist so that i can buy them in Cmeroon since i live in Cameroon.Endeavour to sent me all the tips to enable me study well.

  64. Suzanne Charmilla Lahen says . . .
    February 23, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Dear Sir/ Madam,

    I would like to join free online course concerning Administration Officer, Office Manageress or HR Management with free certification if available, please advise me.

  65. Ngeyah Clearence Munjoh says . . .
    March 4, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    I will like to do any nice business course to be pay when finish the course either Human Resource or Economics

  66. Ngeyah Clearence Munjoh says . . .
    March 4, 2016 / 4:47 pm

    Wish to do free business online course to pay when completing the course and we need a diploma for the course

  67. shaista shahid ali says . . .
    March 17, 2016 / 11:45 am

    Please I need help to select my career after matriculation

  68. shaista shahid ali says . . .
    March 17, 2016 / 11:48 am

    I was selected I.com
    But I m very confused….
    Please help.
    Thanks

  69. Keith says . . .
    March 24, 2016 / 2:15 am

    Hi there Dan,

    Could you please advise if you get the certificates for free as well, or do these need to be paid for?

  70. Dan Colman says . . .
    March 24, 2016 / 10:31 am

    Keith,

    When we wrote this post several years ago, the certificates were free for the most part. Now, several years later, they’re generally charging for them. Unfortunately that is the trend.

    Dan

  71. Jimoh Bukola says . . .
    May 3, 2016 / 3:54 am

    Good morning, please I would like to know if you have courses on animal Sciences, animal health or biogenetics. I have looked through a few website and couldn’t find any. Thanks

  72. oloyedewahab Ismail Olanrewaju says . . .
    June 1, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    Please I want to offer free courses on guidance and counseling with certificate of completion.

  73. oloyedewahab Ismail Olanrewaju says . . .
    June 1, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    Please, I would like to study free diploma courses in guidance and counseling with certificate of completion.

  74. Emmanuel osemene says . . .
    June 9, 2016 / 4:10 am

    please is there a free online university where i can study Environmnetal science, Safety courses project management etc either as a first degree or masters and also receive certificate.

    Regards

  75. durai says . . .
    June 24, 2016 / 11:02 am

    hai frds, i want to improve my communication skill.do u know any free class please help me

  76. Harshal says . . .
    June 25, 2016 / 2:46 am

    Until you find any such good free classes, you can youtube it. A lot of professionals tutorials are available.

  77. said awadh says . . .
    July 3, 2016 / 2:11 am

    i would like to join and pasue the course

  78. said awadh says . . .
    July 3, 2016 / 2:12 am

    sincerely i would like to join and pasue the course

  79. said awadh says . . .
    July 3, 2016 / 2:13 am

    so what can i do plz help me

  80. kingsley nwafor says . . .
    July 7, 2016 / 6:41 am

    i will like to know people from Nigeria can take this course?…

  81. kingsley nwafor says . . .
    July 7, 2016 / 6:45 am

    also looking forward to see if i can study safety Engineering…Am a HND holder in chemical engineering in (IMT ENUGU)..

  82. Gebeyehu Asress says . . .
    July 10, 2016 / 3:16 am

    Dears
    I have been working as audiovisual Technician and would like to develop my Knowledge about this field. please give me audio engineering course if you have.
    Thank you

  83. kalaiselvi says . . .
    July 11, 2016 / 3:17 am

    i want to learn free online course with complesion certificate

  84. Steve oppong boakye says . . .
    July 17, 2016 / 5:07 am

    Want to learn

  85. Joyce Githua says . . .
    July 18, 2016 / 12:17 am

    Hello,

    Am a Finance graduate and I would like to supplement by degree with some free Finance courses. Please recommend for me a site I might be able to do this. Many thanks

  86. Hanna Meressa says . . .
    August 3, 2016 / 12:51 am

    I have been BSc degree in Computer Science and I am working IT Engineer(Software, Database, Networking, computer Security, and Programming(Developer)). Then I need Education please give me this chance.

  87. shalet says . . .
    August 3, 2016 / 9:03 am

    is there a animation course?

  88. Khaled Ferdous says . . .
    August 20, 2016 / 1:38 am

    Are Bangladeshi students eligible for doing these courses, if they are from other subjects except CSE or Computer related subjects?

  89. Grant Banda says . . .
    August 20, 2016 / 2:40 am

    I would like a free business courses with also free certificates.

  90. shadi says . . .
    August 29, 2016 / 5:16 am

    sorry but none of these courses are free.please introduce the ones thar are free.

  91. Anjorin Stephen Ayodeji says . . .
    August 30, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    I would like to know if there is any free online course for safety and security.

  92. Eric Che Nkwenti says . . .
    September 8, 2016 / 2:26 am

    Is there any free online course for Construction Management? Please kindly assist.

    Thanks!

  93. Paulina Krzyzewska says . . .
    September 14, 2016 / 6:30 am

    Dear Students Advisory,

    I am 28 professional, full time employed. The reason why I am writing to you is to find a right education for me. I am looking for an online, fully funded courses. Can you provide me a list of available full distance courses please? I am struggling to find. I am looking forward your reply

  94. ali sofe says . . .
    September 17, 2016 / 3:54 am

    iam looking for acourse in real estate development and management.

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