UVA Career Accelerator + Coursera

Coursera is an online learning platform in which students can foster and refine their career readiness by taking flexible online skill-development classes. 

Access & Cost 

All current UVA students can access any of the courses on Coursera. University-based programs are free of charge.  Company-based courses usually cost a small fee to participate in. 

The Handshake links below will give students direct access to the full list of courses in each category. Check out UVA's Coursera Course Catalog for additional skill-development opportunities.

Business Courses 

  • Foundations of Business Strategy
  • Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management
  • Design Thinking for Innovation
  • Agile Meets Design Thinking
  • Digital Transformation
  • Cybersecurity Roles, Processes, & Operating Systems
  • IT Security
  • Operations Management: Analysis and Improvement Methods
  • Operations Management: Strategy and Quality Management for the Digital Age


  • Excel Skills for Business (4 Course Specialization)
  • Project Management & Other Tools for Career Development (5 Course Specialization)
  • Data Visualization with Tableau (5 Course Specialization)
  • Excel to My SQL: Analytics Techniques for Business (5 Course Specialization)
  • Cybersecurity (5 Course Specialization)
  • Agile Development (5 Course Specialization)

Students: Please login into Handshake for more information about Business Coursera courses.  

Technology Courses 

  • UX Design Fundamentals
  • Blockchain Basics
  • Exploring and Preparing Your Data with BigQuery
  • Google Cloud Platform Big Data and Machine Learning
  • Google Cloud Fundamentals
  • Business Transformation with Google Cloud
  • Al for Everyone


  • Python for Everybody (5 Course Specialization)
  • Data Science (10 Course Specialization)
  • Deep Learning (5 Course Specialization)
  • Agile Development (5 Course Specialization)

Students: Please login into Handshake for more information about Technology Coursera courses.  

Science & Sustainability

  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Global Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility: Be Sustainable
  • Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python)
  • Introduction to Data Science in Python
  • First Steps in Making the Business Case for Sustainability
  • Sustainable Vikings: Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility in Scandinavia
  • Our Earth's Future
  • Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure
  • Strategy and Sustainability
  • Global Health Security, Solidarity, and Sustainability through the International Health Regulations
  • The Science of Success: What Researchers Know that You Should Know


  • GIS, Mapping, and Spatial Analysis (4 Course Specialization)

Students: Please login into Handshake for more information about Science & Sustainability Coursera courses.  

Education, Counseling, & Youth Development

  • Leading for Equity Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education
  • TESOL Certificate Part 1: Teach English Now!
  • TESOL Certificate Part 2: Teach English Now!
  • ADHD: Everyday Strategies for Elementary Students
  • The Science of Training Young Athletes
  • Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster, and War: Global Perspectives
  • Voices of Social Change
  • Disability Inclusion in Education: Building Systems of Support
  • Blended Learning: Personalizing Education for Students
  • ICT in Primary Education: Transforming Children's Learning Across the Curriculum
  • Health, Housing, and Educational Services
  • Critical Issues in Urban Education
  • Introduction to Multilingual and Multicultural Education

Students: Please login into Handshake for more information about Education, Counseling, & Youth Development Coursera courses.  

Public Service & Government

  • Design Thinking for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector
  • Global Diplomacy: the United Nations in the World
  • Local Economic Development
  • Intro to Nonprofit Sector, Nonprofit Organizations, Nonprofit Leadership and Governance
  • Planning for Climate Change in African Cities
  • Market Research and Consumer Behavior
  • Healthcare Delivery Providers
  • Data and Health Indicators in Public Health Practice
  • Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century
  • Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses, Part I
  • International Organizations Management
  • Cybersecurity Roles, Processes & Operating System Security
  • Project Management
  • Data Analysis with Python
  • Politics and Economics of International Energy

Students: Please login into Handshake for more information about Public Service & Government Coursera courses.  

Creative Arts, Media, & Design

  • Fundamentals of Graphic Design
  • Journalism, the future, and you!
  • Getting Your Film off the Ground
  • Project: Use Canva to Create Social Media Marketing Designs
  • Guitar for Beginners
  • Script Writing: Write a Pilot Episode for a TV or Web Series


  • Graphic Design (5 Course Specialization)
  • UI/UX Design (4 Course Specialization)
  • Creative Writing (5 Course Specialization)
  • Music Production (4 Course Specialization)

Students: Please login into Handshake for more information about Creative Arts, Media, & Design Coursera courses.  

We also offer a Career-Ready Collection (all taught by Darden faculty).  

Career-Ready Collection

Google Collection 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Who can access Coursera?
All current UVA students can access any of the courses on Coursera for FREE! Having trouble accessing Coursera for UVA? Please go to the Coursera for UVA page. 

How long do the courses take?
Each course lasts for approximately four weeks and offers flexible timelines for students to complete anytime, anywhere.

How do students access this?
Please go to Coursera for UVA 

Why should students enroll?
Coursera allows students to access the classes that help them to explore interests and develop knowledge and skills that will help them to advance their careers. Upon completing each course, students will be presented with a certificate that they can put on their resume and LinkedIn page for employers to see.

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