Will I receive a certificate for completing a MOOC?

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Written by Dhawal Shah Last updated on February 24th, 2021

Many courses offer certificates, but they also require you to pay for the certificate. At the moment, no major MOOC provider routinely offers a free certificate, although FutureLearn offers a free upgrade on some courses. See 180+ FutureLearn Courses That Still Offer Free Certificates.

Currently, some certificates are available for free for a limited time. Please see https://www.classcentral.com/report/free-online-learning-coronavirus/

Many course providers offer a free trial or a money-back period after payment. You may be able to pay for the certificate after starting the course. Check the course provider's information pages carefully for these details.

If you want a certificate but cannot afford the cost, some providers offer financial aid to needy applicants. See Can I get financial aid for MOOCs?

In addition to individual course certificates, some providers have created their own certificate programs. These programs are something between a single course and a full degree, and they usually involve taking a sequence of courses. Examples of these would be Coursera’s Specializations, edX’s XSeries, or Udacity’s Nanodegrees.

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