You can enroll in this program in two ways. Choosing which is right for you depends on the outcome you want.
Enrolling through Coursera allows you to take each course in this program for free. Each of the courses are offered in a basic format and do not result in a University of Washington credential.
Because the UW does not retain a transcript of your enrollment and completion status when you take the courses in this way, the main purpose of choosing this option is for your own edification.
To choose this option, visit the Coursera website.
By enrolling in the certificate program, you gain access to the enhanced version of each of the courses, which includes interaction with an instructor, additional assignments, readings and multimedia material.
In addition, the UW retains a record of your enrollment and completion status. Upon successful completion of the program, you receive a UW certificate and graduate credit. The cost for each course is $1,025.
Once you begin a free Coursera course, you may want to upgrade to the enhanced version and earn a UW credential. If so, you’ll have two weeks from the start date to decide.
It takes one week to process your application. During that week, you continue your studies in Coursera. Once your application is processed, you’ll receive your student ID number, private access code and instructions on how to continue your coursework as a UW student.