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Columbia Online

Columbia Online is Columbia University’s central resource for students, faculty, alumni and staff to access online courses, programs, initiatives and tools, and to share best practices in leveraging online and digital technologies to enhance teaching and learnin

Online Degree & Non-Degree Programs

Columbia University has expanded its online learning offerings through various degree programs, providing professional development opportunities and higher education. Currently, the following disciplines include various online learning options:


Graduate Programs

Continuing Education

Certification Programs


Executive Education

Environmental Sustainability

Certificate Program

Social Work

MSSW Program

Biomedical Informatics

Certificate of Achievement


In fall 2013, Columbia University partnered with Coursera to offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), with the aim to contribute knowledge to the world, enhance teaching on campus by leveraging technology and digital media, and showcase the university’s programs and faculty. The University has offered MOOCs taught by world renowned faculty from The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied ScienceArts & Sciences, the Medical School, and university affiliates—Barnard and Teachers College.

In March 2014, Columbia University announced a partnership with edX, and the launch of ColumbiaX. The University also designated a YouTube channel—Columbia Learn—as the repository for all Columbia MOOC video content.

Conversations on Online Learning

The CTL and the Office of the Provost host a series of public talks on the future of education by leading experts in the world of online learning. Use the playlist below to access all the Conversations on Online Learning to date. View past seminars and conversations at Columbia University on topics related to online learning on the Columbia Online website.

Lifelong Learning

The CTL works closely with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) to develop our online learning efforts into strong pathways for lifelong learning at Columbia. Visit CAA’s Research & Learn page to find out more about exclusive offerings for alumni.

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