Online Courses



Duke University and Duke Continuing Studies offer a wide selection of online educational options. Whether you are looking to develop your professional skills, complete a certificate in paralegal studies, or simply take advantage of the free courses offered by world class scholars, Duke University has something for you.


Duke University Continuing Studies

Professional Certificates and Nonprofit Management programs offer these online courses:

  • NEW: Business Communication Certificate - Online
    Designed for the adult professional seeking to enhance their writing style, format and grammar in the business environment. The student will learn to communicate clearly and concisely from a curriculum designed to teach persuasive and critical writing in the workplace.

  • NEW: Digital Media and Marketing Certificate Program - Online
    Designed for individuals who want to enhance their skills in social media and online marketing.  This 350 hour, online, self-paced course offers rolling admission and students can earn an Online Marketing Certified Professional (OMCP) credential upon completion of designated courses.

  • Legal Nurse Consulting - Online
    Our program enables you to start at any time and offers students email access to experienced legal nurse consultants who are dedicated to helping you succeed in your legal nurse training. Experience sophisticated learning software that doesn’t just require you to read, but allows you to see and hear the information as well. Our curriculum offers the foundation you need to get started as a legal nurse consultant anywhere in the United States. Please note that the online program is not currently able to offer continuing education credits. Register online.

  • Paralegal Online
    Duke University’s Online Global Paralegal Certificate Program trains students for careers as professional paralegals. This internet-based program provides comprehensive support materials designed to help each student successfully complete the program. The program is based on the United States legal system and includes traditional texts, online lecture notes, mock exams, writing labs, and reference materials for each of the 50 states. Additionally, as part of the program, students are provided access to Lexis Nexis and Westlaw, two of the most recognized legal research tools in the world. The Duke University Online Global Paralegal Certificate Program is completely online. An instructor is assigned to each student, but students can work at their own pace. Instructors are experienced U.S. attorneys and work with students through the duration of their studies. Any site with Internet access will allow students to take part in the Duke University Online Global Paralegal Certificate Program. Learn about the registration process.

  • Paralegal Specialist Certificates Online
    Each Paralegal Specialist Certificate consists of four courses: three required and one elective. Students complete all four courses online from anywhere in the U.S. or abroad using textbooks, plus a multitude of comprehensive online resources. Once complete, students will receive the Duke Online Paralegal Specialist Certificate in their area of specialty.

  • Management Training
    Duke University Management Training is the result of a strategic alliance between Duke University Continuing Studies and Corporate Education Group, a premier provider of corporate training and consulting services for more than 25 years. Individuals and organizations that want to augment their professional development and build their management expertise can select from a portfolio of certificate programs, including Project Management and Business Analysis.



coursera logo Duke University, in partnership with Coursera, a California-based education company founded in 2011 by two Stanford computer science professors, is offering free online courses in astronomy, data analysis, genetics, human physiology, and cell biology. Other courses will be featured as more faculty members experiment with making their courses globally available.


Summer Session

summer session logoDuke University Summer Session welcomes current Duke undergraduates and alumni, students from other U.S. colleges and universities, U.S. and international high school students, and students from international colleges and universities. Enroll in Summer Session and join us for an unforgettable summer. Summer 2014 online classes:

  • EDUC 241  Promising Paradigms: Issues and Innovations in American Classrooms.  (cross-listed as Public Policy Studies 245) 
  • PUBPOL 290S.02  Writing for Public Policy.
  • STA 104 Data Analysis and Statistical Inference.
  • WRITING 270 Composing the Internship Experience: Digital Rhetoric and Social Media Discourse.