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

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.

Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Nonprofit organizations provide vital services that contribute to the health of our communities. The goal of the Duke Nonprofit Management Program is to ensure that these vital services continue to grow in scope and quality. The Nonprofit Management Program provides affordable, practical and accessible information to people working in and with the nonprofit arena. It integrates Duke University’s commitment to academic excellence with the practical wisdom of the instructors and the realistic work experience of the participants.

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.

Sustainable Community Development - Online
Learn the skills needed to transform your community and advance your career.

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.

Online Business Analysis Certificate Program
This self-paced, on-demand training program aligns with IIBA®’s BABOK® Guide to provide theoretical and practical expertise in all Knowledge Areas. You will learn how to determine the overall business and information needs of your organization to develop solution strategies accordingly, including successful definition and management of requirements, effectively eliciting information from stakeholders and analyzing and solving business problems.

Online Project Management Certificate Program
Available 24/7 and aligned with PMI®‘s PMBOK® Guide, this program provides the same high-quality content as the traditional classroom programs in an interactive, user-friendly, online experience. Gain both theoretical and practical expertise in all Knowledge Areas and Process Groups of the PMBOK® Guide. Meet the education requirements to become certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) and prepare to take the PMP Exam.

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.

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.



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 2015 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.