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Northwestern MOOCs Enrollment

Northwestern offers all of its massive open online courses (MOOCs) at no cost to its students, alumni, faculty and staff. You can earn a Course Certificate and access all Northwestern MOOC content on Coursera free of charge!

To see a listing of course descriptions, please visit our MOOC Descriptions page. Please note: students, alumni, faculty, and staff must click the links below to take advantage of the special offer.  DO NOT click the “Enroll” buttons on the Digital Learning MOOC page.

To enroll in a Northwestern course and activate the special free course certificate offer, please follow these steps:

1. If you do not already have a Coursera account, sign up at  To be eligible for the special free course certificate offer, you must sign up with your Northwestern email address (click here if you are a Northwestern alumni who needs to activate a Northwestern email address) -- OR -- if you already have a Coursera account, verify that you are using your Northwestern email address in your Coursera account settings in order to take advantage of this special free course certificate offer.

Coursera verification page

2. Click on a course title from the list of special free course certificate offer links below (Please note: you must sign up for each course in a Specialization individually.):

Content Strategy Specialization

Modern Robotics: Mechanics, Planning, and Control Specialization

Organizational Leadership Specialization

Social Media Marketing Specialization

3. Click the blue Accept Invitation button on the “You’re Invited” screen.

Coursera invited screen

4. Click the blue Continue button on the “Welcome!” screen.

Coursera welcome screen

5. You are now enrolled in the course!

Coursera enrolled screen

6. You will receive several email messages to welcome you to the course or specialization and also a message from Coursera that details what you will need to do to earn your Course Certificate.

Please note: Email messages from Coursera might contain links inviting you to enroll in other Northwestern Coursera courses.  DO NOT click these links. In order to receive the special free certificate offer, you must enroll in each course individually using the special free course certificate offer links listed above.

7. To confirm that you have validated the special free course certificate offer, you can verify your course enrollment by clicking on the small triangle in the upper right-hand corner of the webpage and selecting  “My Purchases”  from the pull-down menu.

Coursera my courses

8. To earn the Course Certificate, you must complete the course. If you fall behind, you will be promoted to enroll in the next cohort and pick up where you left off. The free Course Certificate offer will be recognized in any cohort of that course.

If you have any issues or difficulty validating your special free course certificate offer, contact us at