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Nonprofit Certificate Intensive Track

The Duke University Nonprofit Management program curriculum offers a structured and rigorous grounding in the establishment... read more about this program

Professional Development

Whether you are looking to upgrade skills in your current field or looking for training in a whole new area, our Professional Certificates can help you take that next step on your career track. Our programs are designed with the needs of working adults in mind, with evening and weekend class sessions and at a moderate cost. Join an energetic, committed peer network in classes taught by seasoned professionals and gain a credential that makes you stand out in today’s changing and competitive workplace. Read more about our Professional Certificate Programs

Professional Certificate Programs

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This online, self-paced program is designed for individuals seeking to enhance their existing digital marketing skills… read more » about Digital Media & Marketing

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Through a partnership with The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Duke is pleased to offer the Online CMAexcel Program, a review program for… read more » about Management Accounting - CMAexcel Online

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Designed for individuals seeking employment, this online, three-part course focuses on career planning, enhancing resume writing and improving… read more » about Ace Your Job Search

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Successful managers know the importance of building strong relationships with their team members. This entirely online, self-paced program provides… read more » about Management Skills

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As the supply chain grows in complexity, and companies increasingly source products and services from a more diverse and global set of suppliers, the… read more » about Supply Chain Management

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This online, self-paced program is designed to help students learn the principles of data science. Students will earn a certificate exclusively… read more » about Data Science

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This program, created in affiliation with MindEdge and Six Sigma Black Belts, is inclusive of all topics covered by the International Association for… read more » about Six Sigma Green Belt

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This program, created in affiliation with MindEdge and Six Sigma Black Belts, is inclusive of all topics covered by the International Association for… read more » about Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

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This certificate program is designed for individuals who are seeking a career change and the skill set for a… read more » about Paralegal Online Program

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Lean is an approach to organizational processes that seeks to minimize waste and increase value for the customer. Starting off as an approach to… read more » about Lean Basics

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Agile is a method of project management characterized by the division of tasks into short phases of work and frequent reassessment and adaptation of… read more » about Agile Practitioner

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This certificate program is designed for individuals who are seeking a career change and the skill-set for a successful transition into the paralegal… read more » about Paralegal Classroom Program

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Modern business software produces mountains of data; it is up to the professional to examine it and draw meaningful conclusions. This entirely online… read more » about Data Analytics

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This program, created in affiliation with MindEdge and Six Sigma Black Belts, prepares students for the MindEdge Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification… read more » about Six Sigma Yellow Belt

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This online certificate program introduces non-financial managers to the essentials of finance. The course will help you become conversant in… read more » about Finance Essentials

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Because organizations must innovate to stay alive in today's highly competitive marketplace, organizations need employees who can channel their… read more » about Innovation & Critical Thinking

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This self-paced, online certificate is designed for individuals who seek an introduction to the process of creating, administering, or teaching… read more » about Online Learning Certificate

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Now offered in the evenings in five, online, virtual (live) sessions! Created by, and offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource… read more » about Essentials of Human Resources

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This online, virtual (live), seven course program is designed to provide the fundamental technical writing skills for individuals considering an… read more » about Technical Writing

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This advanced program is ideal for experienced business analysts looking to advance their skills or obtain and maintain CBAP® Certification. During… read more » about Advanced Business Analysis - Classroom

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The Legal Nurse Consulting program is designed for the Registered Nurse (RN) interested in learning how to apply their nursing acumen for analysis of… read more » about Legal Nurse Consulting Program

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The Inclusive Leaders course is designed for mid-level managers, HR professionals, leaders, directors, and leaders of leaders who want to enhance… read more » about Inclusive Leaders

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This advanced program is ideal for experienced business analysts looking to advance their skills or obtain and maintain CBAP® Certification. During… read more » about Advanced Business Analysis - Virtual

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Designed for the Human Resource (HR) professional seeking to stay current within the industry, these online, self-… read more » about Human Resources CE Courses Online

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This course deals with business ethics, the consideration of questions of moral right versus wrong in the context of business practice. Individual… read more » about Business Ethics In the 21st Century

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This online certificate program introduces key issues in entrepreneurship for those looking to start a business on their own. What does it take to… read more » about Entrepreneurship

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A sustainable business is one that generates profits for its owners, protects the environment, and improves the lives of the people with whom it… read more » about Sustainable Management

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Now offered on Monday, evenings 6:00-9:00pm EST via Zoom.* Designed for Human Resource professionals committed to earning the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP… read more » about Human Resource Management

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The Emerging Leaders course is designed to guide and support recently promoted managers or aspiring leaders in growing targeted leadership skills and… read more » about Emerging Leaders

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The Developing Leaders course is designed to equip mid-level managers and leaders of leaders with the skills to navigate both today’s challenges and… read more » about Developing Leaders

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This curriculum provides the tools and training to be able to communicate persuasively and critically in the workplace. These self-paced, online… read more » about Business Communication

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The paralegal field continues to be a growing profession, so what can an experienced paralegal do to stay on top of a competitive market? Modeled… read more » about Paralegal Specialist Certificates

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This self-paced program is available 24/7 providing you with the flexibility to train at the pace, location and time of your choosing. It aligns with… read more » about Business Analysis - Online

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This program is designed for current Project Management Professionals® who need to earn their 60 PDUs in order to maintain their Project Management… read more » about Project Management CE Program

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Expand your business analysis skill set and equip yourself with the knowledge and credits needed to earn and maintain the IIBA® CBAP® credential. Our… read more » about Business Analysis - Virtual

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Expand your business analysis skill set and equip yourself with the knowledge and credits needed to earn and maintain the IIBA® CBAP® credential. Our… read more » about Business Analysis - Classroom

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Actively tackling bias in the workplace helps build better organizations … and better people. If you want to unleash the true potential of your… read more » about Tackling Bias and Creating Inclusion

Nonprofit Management Training

Nonprofit Certificate Individual Classes

The Duke University Nonprofit Management program curriculum offers a structured and rigorous grounding in the establishment, operation, and continuation of a successful nonprofit... read more »about the Nonprofit Certificate Individual Classes

Nonprofit Certificate Intensive Track

Hundreds of participants from across the country take part in the Intensive Track Program designed to give nonprofit professionals the skills and expertise needed to succeed in... read more »about the Nonprofit Certificate Intensive Track

Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership

The Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership is a comprehensive program that offers experienced nonprofit professionals the opportunity to increase their capacity for... read more »about the Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke seeks to engage the minds, elevate the spirit and foster the wellbeing of our members through a wide range of educational programs and opportunities for volunteer service and social activities. We embrace Duke University’s commitment to community service and lifelong learning through our collaborative work with academic and professional groups, retirement communities, various research projects on aging, and other institutes for learning in retirement.

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Pre-College Programs

Science Course

How does cooking food affect what kind of toxicants are formed, and in what quantities? What really happened in Flint, Michigan to cause the high… read more » about Chemical Toxicology

Humanities.

Engage with art history through the permanent collections of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and the archives of the David M. Rubenstein… read more » about Exploring Art, Museums, and Archives

Humanities.

What does it take to create your own universe? What makes a story genuinely fantastic? Every engaging source of entertainment starts with… read more » about Writers' Studio: Speculative Fiction and World-Building

Humanities.

Creating powerful narration out of personal experiences is the fundamental challenge of all writing. Whether we are listening to a friend, watching a… read more » about Powerful Narration in Creative Writing

Humanities.

What is the work that historians do? Do they simply present the dates and facts of events, or is there more to the story? While historians strive to… read more » about Exploring History through Photography and Mixed Media

Science Course

What are the physics behind actually launching a rocket into space? What aspects does NASA have to consider before constructing a spacecraft that can… read more » about Astrophysics

Mathematics.

From Julius Caesar to the World Wars, from space travel to the Internet, from online gaming to cryptocurrency — cryptography (the art and science of… read more » about Exploring Cryptography Through Gamified Programming

Social Sciences.

The global business environment is in the early stages of what is expected to be an unprecedented period of sustained upheaval and change spurred by… read more » about The Sustainable CEO – Transformative Business Leadership

Engineering.

Did you know that the heart is an efficient machine that runs on “biological” electricity? The one thing that keeps us alive is an electrical pump… read more » about Biomedical Engineering: Fantastic Hearts

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Have you ever wondered how The LEGO® Movie was created? How do animators develop original characters, sets and stories that capture audience emotions… read more » about LEGO Stop Motion: Animation

Humanities.

Lights, camera, action! How do you take the chaotic flow of life and craft it into meaningful narratives? What details pull readers in, and how do… read more » about Writers' Studio: Scene Writing

Social Sciences.

If you’ve seen a TV courtroom drama, you’re probably familiar with the famous, usually emphatically-delivered attorney line: “I object!” But how do… read more » about Social Psychology and the Law

Science Course

Have you ever questioned if superhero-like regeneration could happen? How do scientists and engineers create materials that mimic the properties of… read more » about From Gel to Sell: Research, Ethics, and Business of Biomaterials

Humanities.

Are you eager to improve your academic writing abilities? Writing is hard work. Contrary to the widespread assumption that some people are born with… read more » about Academic Writing: The Daily Grind

Humanities.

What qualities made your favorite book one you couldn’t put down? What about the story on your favorite TV show made you binge every episode? Every… read more » about Literary Essay

Social Sciences.

Did you know that empires endured for more than two millennia before finally giving way to the world of nation-states we take for granted? The most… read more » about Politics of Empire

Mathematics.

Prerequisite: Algebra II or equivalent Do you want to learn how to sequence DNA using graph theory? Perhaps, you would like to work in the… read more » about Global Mathematics – Online

Mathematics.

Prerequisite: Algebra II or equivalent Do you want to learn how to sequence DNA using graph theory? Perhaps, you would like to work in the… read more » about Global Mathematics – Residential/Commuter

Science Course

Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking? Or how dolphins learn to work together to catch fish? Or whether a chimpanzee could learn sign… read more » about Animal Cognition

Social Sciences.

How do police enforce laws? How does a defendant’s access to lawyers and legal counsel determine outcomes and justice? Now more than ever, we are… read more » about Criminal Law at the Intersection of Race, Class, and Power

Mathematics.

What skills do we use to solve the toughest riddles? What is the best way to communicate mathematical ideas, such as the countable infinity of… read more » about Mathematical Logic and Proofs

Science Course

Are you fascinated by the dynamic world of medical research? Do breakthroughs in vaccine development, patient treatments, and community engagement in… read more » about Medical Research Panels

Social Sciences.

Order, order! Did you know the same skills that could make for a good lawyer could also be applicable to other careers such as policy-makers,… read more » about Mock Trial: Practicing the Tools of Justice

Humanities.

Do you want to learn how to engage an audience with just the sound of your voice? Is the ability to communicate difficult, complex topics a vital… read more » about Writers' Studio: Podcasts and Digital Storytelling

Mathematics.

From Julius Caesar to the World Wars, from space travel to the Internet, from online gaming to cryptocurrency — cryptography (the art and science of… read more » about Exploring Cryptography Through Gamified Programming - Online Course

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a song? What skills, knowledge, and technology go into taking a musical idea in your head and turning it… read more » about Digital Music Production

Science Course

Why can we perform millions of life-saving MRI scans each year? How have we united over half of all nations on the planet in a common cause? What… read more » about Particle Physics: Seeing the Invisible World

Humanities.

Are you eager to improve your academic writing abilities? Writing is hard work. Contrary to the widespread assumption that some people are born with… read more » about Academic Writing: The Daily Grind - Online Course

Social Sciences.

What drives Disney’s thriving empire? How does Apple’s strategy help it succeed? How do firms interact with their customers, suppliers, and… read more » about Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Social Sciences.

Demands for recognition of “historical wrongs” and the redress of grievances have abounded in the post-World War II era, especially in countries… read more » about Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Societies

Humanities.

Contemporary art is art occurring in the present time. But when is contemporary art no longer contemporary? Art made five years ago? Ten years ago?… read more » about Contemporary Art History: Museums and Artistic Creation

Mathematics.

We use numbers for everything, but how did these number systems come to be? How can some of these systems have only a finite amount of numbers? How… read more » about Cryptography

Engineering.

How is sound produced in your headphones, cellphone or tablet? How is electrical energy involved in the process? Electrical engineers use hands-on… read more » about Audio Engineering

Social Sciences.

Women rarely held official positions of power in the ancient world but often controlled more than the ancient authors would have us believe. Despite… read more » about The Woman Ruler: Powerful Female Leaders in Greece and Rome

Science Course

How is it possible for you to smell any of your favorite or not-so-favorite aromas? Why are you able to see in color? What allows you to hear music,… read more » about Neural Integration and Sensory Pathways

Science Course

Are you interested in learning about the variety of healthcare professions? How do the roles of healthcare professionals supplement and complement… read more » about Healthcare Professions and Modern Medicine

Science Course

Why do engineering interventions often fail? How can we improve the engineering design process to address points of failure? What does human-centered… read more » about Engineering Solutions for Global Health: The Human Centered Design Process

Science Course

How can we better understand and interpret the science of marine sustainability? You might be surprised to learn that fisheries are one of the most… read more » about Ocean Sustainability in the Anthropocene

Social Sciences.

Prerequisite: Algebra II or equivalent  Social media is filled with competing and opposing claims concerning whether a college degree pays… read more » about Applied Econometrics

Mathematics.

Do you want to gain life skills and knowledge that will be an asset now and into your future? Enhance your financial literacy and learn some of the… read more » about Financial Literacy

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How often do you watch a short video clip for amusement, or even to get the information you need about a topic? We increasingly rely on short sound… read more » about Mastering the 60 Second Documentary

University Coursework

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Duke employees and area residents who wish to take courses in the arts and sciences for credit on a non-degree basis, or as an auditor, do so through Duke’s Office of Continuing Studies. The director of Academic Services for Continuing Studies students is Kim Price; she may be contacted at kprice@duke.edu or (919) 684-5375.

Note: All Duke students will be required to present proof of Flu and Covid vaccination to Student Health before the beginning of the Spring 2022 semester. This policy covers all undergraduate, graduate and professional students—in all degree programs, as well as non-degree students and auditors—who intend to be on the Duke campus for any period of time starting in the 2021-2022 academic year. Documented medical and religious exemptions will be accommodated. Instructions will be provided after admission and enrollment confirmation.

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