Sustainable Management

A sustainable business is one that generates profits for its owners, protects the environment, and improves the lives of the people with whom it interacts. This online certificate program introduces you to the concept of sustainability and how to create sustainable business practices in today’s marketplace. 
 
Student who pursue this certificate will learn the connections between the environment and sustainability, the good-business arguments for why an organization should embrace sustainable management, the role government regulation plays in sustainability efforts, as well as some criticisms of corporate sustainability. Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to apply sustainability management principles in the workplace, apply the triple bottom line (TBL) model and its three pillars of “People, Planet, and Profits” within an organization; and recognize and implement best practices for measuring sustainable management efforts.
 
Each 3 to 5 hour, self-paced course offers an assortment of interactive exercises, videos, selected readings, case studies, and self-assessments that engage you and structure your learning about sustainable management.
 
Upon successful completion, you can download a printable certificate of completion for this online course suite. This certificate has no textbooks or prerequisites.
 
Students who complete the Sustainable Management certificate are awarded a total of 2.5 IACET CEUs.

The Sustainable Management certificate consists of five courses for a total of approximately 15 to 25 hours of online instruction. Students have five months to complete all of the coursework.

  • An Overview of Sustainable Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Measuring Sustainable Management Performance
  • Sustainable Management: Leadership Ethics
  • Triple Bottom Line Accounting

After completing this entire certificate, students should be able to complete each of the following:

An Overview of Sustainable Management

  • Define sustainability and its application in an organizational setting
  • Describe the connection between the environment and sustainability
  • Explain the business case for sustainable management
  • Recognize the role of government regulation in corporate sustainability efforts
  • Discuss leadership in sustainable management
  • Outline the criticisms of corporate sustainability
  • Apply sustainable management principles to workplace scenarios

Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Define corporate social responsibility (CSR) and explain how the concept has been broadened
  • Describe the moral and economic arguments for CSR
  • Outline the criticisms of CSR
  • Explain the role of CSR standards and how CSR is measured
  • Recognize the impact on corporations of their CSR performance
  • Outline best practices for CSR

Measuring Sustainable Management Performance

  • Explain how managers can model and measure sustainable management practices
  • Discuss how strategic performance measurements, including the balanced scorecard and Shareholder Value Analysis, can be employed in looking at corporate sustainability efforts
  • Outline how accounting systems, including activity-based costing, life-cycle costing, and full cost accounting can be used in assessing sustainability
  • Understand methods of calculating return on investment for sustainability decisions and green capital investments
  • Discuss measuring and reporting sustainability to government and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Recognize best practices for measuring sustainable management efforts

Sustainable Management: Leadership Ethics

  • Discuss the role of ethics in the workplace and for leadership
  • Describe some of the major ethical frameworks used in developing business ethics
  • Discuss the use of ethical standards and ethics codes in the workplace
  • Recognize the role of leadership in setting the ethical tone for an organization
  • Apply ethical principles to workplace scenarios

Triple Bottom Line Accounting

  • Explain the triple bottom line (TBL) concept and its three pillars of "People, Planet, and Profits"
  • Describe the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) TBL accounting framework
  • Explain how economic, environmental, and social performance indicators are developed
  • Discuss how TBL accounting measures an organization's sustainability performance
  • Outline the criticisms of TBL accounting
  • Describe best practices for TBL accounting

Each of these self-paced courses offers an assortment of interactive exercises, selected readings, quizzes and self-assessments. It is recommended that students complete the courses in sequential order, but students are able to access all five courses at any time. Upon completion, learners are given a summary of what they've learned for quick reference while at work.

Each course has an "Ask the Expert" feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered within 3 business days.

This certificate requires no textbooks or prerequisites.  There are some downloadable materials which students can save during the program to access for further use.

Quizzes and Testing

There are quizzes and tests throughout the program. Each course contains exercises and scenarios for students to answer and self-assess their learning. Students are required to complete all content elements in each course and earn at least a 70% average test score to earn their certificate.

As a non-credit program, students earn a complete/incomplete status.  Letter grades are not issued, nor recorded by Duke Continuing Studies.

Courses
Course Time Location Tuition Status
"The Waste Land" and "Ulysses": T.S. Eliot, James Joyce and the Modernist Monuments of 1922ONLINE: In literary history, 2022 marks the centenary of the two greatest landmarks of Anglo-Irish-American modernism, “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot and “Ulysses” by James Joyce. Arguably the most important poem and novel of the…
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9:00AM - 10:30AM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $100.00 Available
19th-Century France: From the Congress of Vienna to the Beginning of World War I, 1815-1914ONLINE: This set of lectures examines the history of France from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to 1914, with special emphasis on the fraught politics and cultural effervescence that so defined 19th-century France. Topics will…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $75.00 Available
30 Years Without a Paycheck: Navigating Your Way Through RetirementONLINE: Each individual's retirement has many financial steps. The decisions you face can be overwhelming, but they are extremely important as you plan for 30 years without a paycheck. It starts when you leave your employer, and it…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $100.00 Canceled
A History of UkraineIN PERSON: At the time of writing this proposal, Ukraine is engaged in defending itself and its territorial integrity from Russia. This course will present the history of Ukraine from the development of the Kievan Rus’ to the start…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM Durham - Judea Reform Congregation $100.00 Wait List
Ace Your Job SearchThis course focuses on career planning, enhancing resume writing, and improving interviewing skills for those adults seeking employment. Part One of the course, "Tailoring Resumes and Cover Letters for a Perfect Fit," will help… Online $95.00 Available
Advanced Grant WritingThis class is designed for those who seek to increase their effectiveness in the field of grant writing and grant management. Topics will include: Request for Proposal Analysis, Hands-On-writing, Use of Statistics, Collaboration,…
9:00AM - 4:00PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $150.00 Available
Agile Practitioner This self-paced, online program provides an intermediate level understanding of Agile and its processes. It is designed to prepare learners for the Project Management Institute's Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exam. The… Online $575.00 Available
Art & Women IIIIN PERSON: For centuries, women have been depicted in art, yet it has only been in the last 50 years that feminist scholarship has begun to question the significance of how women are portrayed in our patriarchal society and why…
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3:15PM - 4:45PM Classroom - In Person $90.00 Wait List
BAB607 - Business Analysis Certificate - OnlineExpand your business analysis skill set and equip yourself with the knowledge and credits needed to earn and maintain IIBA®‘s CBAP® credential. Our Business Analysis Certificate is 100% compliant with IIBA®‘s BABOK® and is designed… Online $2,495.00 Available
Becoming American: American Art Through the RevolutionIN PERSON: How does the history of American art reveal the changing character of the country? This course surveys the beginnings of art in what is now the United States. We will start with work that is almost 15,000 years old,…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM Durham - Judea Reform Congregation $100.00 Available
Botanical Illustration DrawingONLINE: In this online, hands-on course, students will learn how to draw botanical images by identifying basic shapes. Each week a different flower will be taught. Students will have the following week to finish their image, giving…
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11:00AM - 1:00PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $120.00 Available
Budgeting for Nonprofit OrganizationsThis course covers budgets and how they are used in non- profit organizational settings. You will gain an understanding of the uses and functions of budget and the relationship between strategic budgeting and tactical budgeting. You… Online $95.00 Available
Business Communication CE Course PackageThis online certificate is designed for the adult professional seeking to enhance their writing style, format and grammar in the business environment. The student will learn to communicate clearly and concisely from a curriculum… Online $250.00 Available
Business Ethics in the 21st CenturyThis course deals with business ethics, the consideration of questions of moral right versus wrong in the context of business practice.  Individual business leaders are increasingly being held responsible and accountable for their… Online $299.00 Available
Certificate in Supply Chain ManagementAs the supply chain grows in complexity, and companies increasingly source products and services from a more diverse and global set of suppliers, the job of managing the processes that ensure the steady and reliable flow of… Online $399.00 Available
Certificate in Sustainable ManagementStudents who pursue this certificate will learn the connection between the environment and sustainability, the good-business arguments for why an organization should embrace sustainable management, the role government regulation… Online $559.00 Available
Certificate Program in Legal Nurse Consulting - Virtual ClassroomThe Legal Nurse Consulting program is designed for the Registered Nurse (RN) interested in learning how to apply their nursing acumen for analysis of health care issues and their related outcome for the legal profession or other… 9:00AM - 4:00PM Online $2,195.00 Wait List
Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies - OnlineThe Duke Online Global Paralegal Program is a 300-hour course of study designed to train students in the aspects of the paralegal profession. The program merges the interactive, user-driven aspects of the Internet with a… Online $6,995.00 Available
Certificate Program in Technical WritingThis online, virtual (live), seven course program is designed to provide the fundamental technical writing skills for individuals considering an entry level career in technical writing or those seeking to hone or diversify their…
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6:00PM - 8:30PM Virtual Classroom (Virtual Classroom) $2,450.00 Enrollment Closed
Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers & BirdsIN PERSON: Students will learn how to paint flowers and birds, such as the peony (the Chinese national flower) or seasonal flowers and birds, which are popular brush painting subjects. Each person will complete a beautiful painting…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM Durham - Judea Reform Congregation $120.00 Wait List
CMA 1 - Financial Planning, Performance and ControlThe Duke CMAexcel Online program prepares professionals for the Certified Management Accounting (CMA) examinations and is designed for CPAs and management finance and accounting professionals of all levels seeking this designation… Online $1,275.00 Available
CMA 2 - Financial Decision MakingThe Duke CMAexcel Online program prepares professionals for the Certified Management Accounting (CMA) examinations and is designed for CPAs and management finance and accounting professionals of all levels seeking this designation… Online $1,275.00 Available
Color and B & W CompositionONLINE: This online course is for those who want to elevate their photography skills and learn how to turn an ordinary snapshot into a striking image worthy of framing. Students will explore the concepts of photographic composition…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $100.00 Available
Communicating CollaborativelyCommunicating effectively with team members and groups has become more important as organizations have relied on collaborative work to advance their goals. This course, Communicating Collaboratively, will help you improve your… Online $145.00 Available
Communication Apps: What You Need To KnowONLINE: This course takes an in-depth look at various communication apps that are used for private and public conversations online. Through this course, students will learn the strengths and weaknesses of some commonly used apps,…
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3:30PM - 4:45PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $100.00 Canceled
Community Engagement and Collaboration: Connecting the Dots for Greater ImpactUnderstand collaboration and how it works. This high energy course will help you focus on expanding your nonprofit network. Find out the connection between engagement and collaboration through a series of exercises designed to help…
9:00AM - 4:00PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $150.00 Enrollment Closed
CompensationIn this 3.5 hour course, students will consider the many issues surrounding the key aspects of pay policy: legal requirements, pay equity within an organization, competitive pay within the relevant industry, how and when to grant… Online $95.00 Available
Contract Law - Paralegal Specialist CertificateThis course of study includes Principals and Agents, Sole Proprietorships, General Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, the Rise of the Corporation, Creating a Corporation, the Participants in the… Online $2,395.00 Available
Cost Allocation for NonprofitsHave you ever wondered if one of your nonprofit’s programs or activities is running inefficiently? Have you ever found yourself trying to report grant expenditures and not knowing exactly how much of your office supplies should be…
9:00AM - 4:00PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $150.00 Available
Creating High Performance TeamsAs nonprofits work with multiple cultures within the US and throughout the world, understanding how to foster optimal interaction among staff and boards is critical to developing high-performing and high-functioning teams. In this…
9:00AM - 4:00PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $150.00 Available
Creativity: Road to Your True LIfeONLINE: The latest scientific research proves that creativity is key to both a long life and a fulfilling one. We’ll learn how to tap into this source of increased joy and meaning. Find out how the brain changes when we write, paint…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $75.00 Available
Criminal Law - Paralegal Specialist CertificateThis course trains students in the many aspects of criminal law including arrest, search and seizure, post arrest issues, grand jury considerations, evidentiary matters, prosecution, interrogations and confessions, arraignment,… Online $2,395.00 Available
Current Economic Policy IssuesONLINE: Economics plays a central role in the functioning of every aspect of society. This course will address a set of prominent policy issues that have economics at their core. We will explore their origins as policy matters, the…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $75.00 Available
Data Analytics CertificateModern business software produces mountains of data; it is up to the professional to examine it and draw meaningful conclusions. This entirely online and self-paced program is designed for business professionals who wish to… Online $475.00 Available
Data and Human Resource ManagementBig data and data analytics are changing how businesses run and managers do their jobs. In this course, you will explore how human resource managers use data to provide better support to the employees they manage and to contribute… Online $95.00 Available
Data ScienceThis online, self-paced program is designed to help students master the principles of data science. Duke Continuing Studies has partnered with Simplilearn, an online training provider, to deliver a curriculum that provides students… Online $3,195.00 Available
Developing an Engaged Board of DirectorsEngaged Boards of Directors make a conscious decision to invest in their organizations.  These leaders are involved, accountable, work to ensure short-term success, and long-term viability.  Learn how to create an effective board…
9:00AM - 4:00PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $150.00 Available
Digital Media and Marketing CertificateThis online, self-paced program is designed for individuals seeking to enhance their existing digital marketing skills or pursue a new career in the growing digital marketing industry. Students will earn a certificate exclusively… Online $3,195.00 Available
Effective Business WritingThe ability to write clearly and directly is highly prized in organizations. This course focuses on improving business writing. The ideas, techniques, and checklists in this course apply to all forms of business writing: memos,… Online $145.00 Available
Effective Emails, Memos, and LettersCommunicating clearly and concisely in written formats like email, memos, and letters is very important in a workplace setting. This course, Effective Emails, Memos, and Letters, will help you improve your use of these common… Online $145.00 Available
Effective PresentationsThe ability to communicate clearly and effectively is increasingly important in organziational settings. This course helps learners organize, structure, and create effective presentations. Since many organizations use PowerPoint as… Online $145.00 Available
Effective Public SpeakingConfidence is a key to delivering an effective speech or presentation. This two-module course, Effective Public Speaking, helps you to develop the skills you'll need to become an outstanding and confident public speaker. It reviews… Online $145.00 Available
Emerging LeadersEmerging Leaders is designed to guide and support recently promoted managers or aspiring leaders in growing targeted leadership skills and capabilities. This highly interactive program is designed to build the mindset and skill set…
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1:00PM - 5:00PM Virtual Classroom (Virtual Classroom) $2,195.00 Enrollment Closed
Emily Dickinson: Selected PoemsONLINE: We will read and discuss one of American’s greatest poets, Emily Dickinson. At the first meeting, we will look at Dickinson’s life in Amherst, Massachusetts, and her poetic form, talk about the metaphysical characteristics…
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3:30PM - 5:00PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $100.00 Wait List
Employee SelectionIn this 3 hour course, students will learn about the process of selecting the best candidate from a large, diverse pool of high-quality applicants. Based on D. Quinn Mills' book, Principles of Human Resource Management, the course… Online $95.00 Available
Employment Law for NonprofitsNonprofits have an obligation to follow federal and state employment and labor laws.  This course is designed to provide a practical overview of the main employment law issues that arise in nonprofit organizations. You will learn…
9:00AM - 4:00PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $150.00 Available
EntrepreneurshipThis online certificate program introduces key issues in entrepreneurship for those looking to start a business on their own. What does it take to build and grow a business from scratch? What personal characteristics are shared by… Online $725.00 Available
Equal Employment OpportunityIn this 2.5 hour course, students will learn about many of the major employment laws, Equal Opportunity issues, and the anti-discriminatory regulations employers must be aware of in hiring, promoting, and firing employees. After… Online $95.00 Available
Essentials of Human ResourcesNow offered virtually. Offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the curriculum provided in the SHRM Essentials of Human Resources course is designed as a thorough introduction to HR basics,…
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6:00PM - 9:00PM Virtual Classroom (Virtual Classroom) $635.00 Available
Ethics Thought ExperimentsONLINE: In this interactive online discussion course, we will explore famous philosophical thought experiments and their practical applications. Students will see how even the most unrealistic thought experiments can help us analyze…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $60.00 Available
ExistentialismONLINE: For centuries, Westerners have assumed human nature determines how we act, much as an animal's nature determines its behavior. Beginning about 150 years ago, the idea took hold that it is the other way around: How we decide…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $100.00 Available
Exploring Painting Mediums: Try ThisIN PERSON: This is a multifaceted art course introducing a variety of projects that provide first-hand experience with multiple mediums. Throughout the course, we will explore many different art forms to unlock and reveal the…
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10:00AM - 12:00PM Classroom - In Person $120.00 Wait List
Federal Spending and Debt: What's Next?IN PERSON: The federal debt is $30.5 trillion ($92,000 per person), which is double what it was 10 years ago, and growing, with critical unmet needs. The U.S. and North Carolina economies rely heavily on money from the federal…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM Durham - Judea Reform Congregation $60.00 Canceled
Finance EssentialsThis online certificate program introduces non-financial managers to the essentials of finance. The course will help you become conversant in critical financial terminology, and you'll learn how to calculate key financial management… Online $525.00 Available
Fresh Approaches to Securing Business SupportBusinesses and corporations have changed their philosophy regarding donations and have become more strategic in giving to nonprofits organizations. These changes mean nonprofits must adapt their relationships if they are to receive…
9:00AM - 4:00PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $150.00 Available
Good Conversations: Talking With Adult ChildrenIN PERSON: Do you ever wonder how, why and when your relationship with your adult children changed? Developing and maintaining relationships with our adult children requires us to stop parenting and to listen and communicate…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM Durham - Judea Reform Congregation $75.00 Wait List
Grant WritingIf you are a beginning grant writer, this course will provide you with the essential tools needed to write a successful grant proposal from start to finish. For those more experienced, this workshop will sharpen your skills and keep…
9:00AM - 4:00PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $150.00 Available
Handwork in the Digital AgeONLINE: Despite living in a digital era, the desire to create compelling and remarkable works of art from tangible materials is flourishing in a multitude of forms. This course, presented by a distinguished curator in this field of…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $80.00 Available
Harry S. Truman: The World That Made Him and the World He MadeIN PERSON: How did Harry S. Truman, born in late 19th-century Missouri, where he spent his formative years as a seemingly ordinary person living a seemingly ordinary life, rise to become the leader of the postwar free world? This…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM Durham - Judea Reform Congregation $100.00 Wait List
Health Care Law - Paralegal Specialist CertificateAs society continues to age, health care has not only become a medical issue, but a legal issue as well. Protection of rights in the health care field makes this an important and relatively new area of law. This course provides the… Online $2,395.00 Available
How to Read a Nonprofit Financial StatementThis course will develop your ability to appropriately interpret the major financial accounting statements that are used by non-profit organizations. Ideally, you will gain an understanding of the types of financial statements that… Online $95.00 Available
Human Resource Management ProgramAs the only official, recognized, university partner of SHRM in the Triangle area, the Duke Human Resource (HR) Management program provides preparation for  both the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification exam. Designed primarily as a…
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6:00PM - 9:00PM Virtual Classroom (Virtual Classroom) $1,445.00 Enrollment Closed
Human Resources CE PackageAn effective human resource management strategy is a valuable asset to any company, but those running small businesses often cannot justify designating a full-time HR professional to manage employee relations, compensation, policy-… Online $549.00 Available
Icons of Architecture 2.0: World-Renowned Buildings and Their CreatorsONLINE: Join us as we explore six timeless icons of architecture from medieval days to the present. Who created them, and why? What engineering innovations shaped them and made them work? How has their impact spanned the centuries…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $75.00 Available
Immigration Law - Paralegal Specialist CertificateIf you have ever traveled abroad, you will notice that it is much easier for Americans to enter other countries than vice-versa. This also means that there is a need for adequate legal representation for immigration issues in the… Online $2,395.00 Available
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM Raleigh $100.00 Available
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection… 11:00AM - 12:30PM Online $100.00 Available
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM Raleigh $120.00 Wait List
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM Raleigh $120.00 Wait List
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM Raleigh $120.00 Wait List
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM Raleigh $120.00 Wait List
Individual Donor DevelopmentUnderstanding how to raise money from individual donors is paramount to nonprofit organizations. Finding and cultivating individual donors is a work-intensive, long-term investment for any nonprofit. Learn how to master effective…
9:00AM - 4:00PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $150.00 Available
Innovation and Critical Thinking CertificateBecause organizations must innovate to stay alive in today's highly competitive marketplace, organizations need employees who can channel their creativity and innovation toward organizational challenges and goals. This suite of… Online $299.00 Available
Intellectual Property - Paralegal Specialist CertificateOne of the newest areas of legal practice, “IP” law is sure to grow in terms of job opportunities over the next several years. This course will include foundations of trademark law, the trademark registration process, post-… Online $2,395.00 Available
Introduction to BridgeIN PERSON: Join us to explore the most exciting card game in the world, meet new people, make new friends and keep an agile mind. This course is suitable for people who are new to bridge but enjoy playing stimulating card games, or…
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1:30PM - 3:30PM Classroom - In Person $100.00 Available
Introduction to Human Resource ManagementHuman Resource Management includes the vital tasks of recruiting, screening, interviewing, training, appraising, disciplining, rewarding, and developing the employee—both for business and non-profit enterprises. Since all managers… Online $95.00 Available
Introduction to Meditation: Cultivating Everyday MindfulnessONLINE: Do you want to learn how to meditate or expand upon your current meditation practice? Then this is the course for you. In our six sessions, you will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation and be supported in establishing…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $75.00 Wait List
Introduction to Nonprofit ManagementThis course covers management best practices for leading a nonprofit organization. You will gain an understanding of the nonprofit sector and the issues that leaders face in this exciting and growing field. You will also be exposed… Online $110.00 Available
Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Major Art Career in a Single DecadeIN PERSON: SAMO, an unknown teenager, emerged into the public's consciousness in 1979 through his graffiti on downtown Manhattan walls. Three years later, now known as Jean-Michel Basquiat, he painted a work that in 2016 sold for $…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM Durham - Judea Reform Congregation $100.00 Available
Lean BasicsLean is an approach to organizational processes that seeks to minimize waste and increase value for the customer. Starting off as an approach to manufacturing processes, Lean has expanded even into services industries. If you are… Online $350.00 Available
Lean Six Sigma Green BeltThis program, created in affiliation with MindEdge and Six Sigma Black Belts, prepares students for the MindEdge Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Exam (purchased separately) and provides information to those interested in… Online $1,699.00 Available
Literary Britain: The Places That Inspired Your Favorite AuthorsONLINE: This course will cover the history, landscape and culture of places in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) that have strong connections to certain authors. We will focus on writers with local links, and places that…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $80.00 Available
Literature of War in VietnamONLINE: How did the American war in Vietnam look when seen through non-American eyes? We will explore this question by discussing three literary portraits: "The Quiet American," a novel by British author and journalist Graham Greene…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $100.00 Available
Looking Back at the MoonONLINE: The major focus of this course is on what we learned about the moon from the Apollo program and its immediate aftermath, but it will also include discussion of what we believed about the moon before Apollo, and the results…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $100.00 Available
Management Skills CertificateSuccessful managers know the importance of building strong relationships with their team members. This entirely online, self-paced program provides both new and experienced managers with the skills and resources necessary to foster… Online $750.00 Available
Mastering Camera Basics: SLR Camera Settings and LensesONLINE: In this course, we will go over the technical basics of your camera, the dials and settings that can really be helpful once you figure them out. Jump from “auto” to using those mysterious menu items: f-stop, shutter speed,…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $50.00 Available
Modern Biology in 10 QuestionsONLINE: This course consists of a series of interactive sessions dealing with the following questions: How do microscopes work? How do animals move? What is a gene? What do we know about the world? How does an egg become an organism…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $100.00 Canceled
Modern Dance History 1890-1950: Iconoclasts and VisionariesONLINE: This lecture course offers a historical background to modern dance, from 1890 to 1950. We will look at how modern dance developed in the United States and Germany as the art of individuals who created new dance styles that…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $100.00 Available
Modern Gay America: How We Got HereONLINE: This course will focus on the emergence of the gay community in 20th-century American culture, examining the ways gay culture developed from a collection of men and women hiding their lives in fear to a post-Stonewall…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $100.00 Available
Musicals 101: Broadway's Silver Age (Part 1)ONLINE: Historians of American musical theater concur that the golden age of the Broadway musical began with "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel" in the 1940s. But what of the dazzling musical comedies of the 1920s and ’30s? In this course,…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $90.00 Available
My Neighbor's Voice: A Model for Deep Listening in Our Divided CultureONLINE: Our goal for this course is to repair American goodwill and civic interaction by bringing people together to engage in civil dialogue. We do this within a timed, moderated format using My Neighbor’s Voice Listening Cards.…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $60.00 Available
Narrative Photography: Using a Camera To Tell a StoryONLINE: This course will explore and experiment with different approaches to using visual images, i.e., photography, to tell a story. The instruction will focus on several approaches, including photo essays, photojournalism pieces…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $100.00 Canceled
New Perspectives on Old Masters: Special Topics in Early Modern Art 1400-1900IN PERSON: Recent “first-time” exhibitions and pioneering scholarship present new perspectives on old masters. This special topics course centers on six major exhibitions — including "Donatello, The Renaissance," "Poussin and the…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM Durham - Judea Reform Congregation $75.00 Available
Nonprofit - Board Development/GovernanceIn order to be successful, nonprofit organizations require strong leadership from their Board of Directors. The Board's responsibility is to oversee the effectiveness of management policies and decisions, including the execution of…
9:00AM - 4:00PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $150.00 Available
Nonprofit - Financial ManagementThis course provides an understanding of financial management for nonprofits and focuses on topics integral to nonprofit fiscal management. Learn finance terms as they relate to the effective operation of a nonprofit organization.…
9:00AM - 4:00PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $150.00 Wait List
Nonprofit - Financial ManagementThis course provides an understanding of financial management for nonprofits and focuses on topics integral to nonprofit fiscal management. Learn finance terms as they relate to the effective operation of a nonprofit organization.…
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North Carolina Politics: A HistoryIN PERSON: Historically, North Carolina may accurately claim to be one of the more prominent swing states in America, from the Roosevelt Democrats of the 1930s through the 1970s to the Reagan Republicans of the 1980s, with lots of "…
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Online Learning CertificateThis self-paced, online certificate is designed for individuals who seek an introduction to the process of creating, administering, or teaching online learning programs.  Creating effective online learning courses and simulations… Online $400.00 Available
Opening the Poet's Toolbox: An InvitationONLINE: This workshop invites all poets. We will use "The Essential Poet’s Glossary," by Edward Hirsch. It is the ultimate source for poetry craft tools. Each week we will consider a number of poetry tools, addressing music, form,…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $95.00 Wait List
Performance ManagementThis 3 hour course considers the different elements of performance management. In its broadest sense, "performance management" is what every good manager does every day: Makes sure employees know what they need to do to achieve the… Online $95.00 Available
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11:00AM - 1:00PM Durham - Judea Reform Congregation $100.00 Available
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1:30PM - 3:00PM Durham - Judea Reform Congregation $75.00 Wait List
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9:00AM - 5:00PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $150.00 Available
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9:00AM - 5:00PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $150.00 Available
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9:00AM - 5:00PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $150.00 Available
Running Effective MeetingsDo you cringe when you hear the word meeting? Afraid it will be a waste of time? What if meetings were truly valuable and productive? They can be.  Learn how to organize and run effective and successful meetings to produce valuable…
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Russia and Ukraine Since 1991ONLINE: This discussion format course will analyze Russo-Ukrainian relations since the collapse of the Soviet Union. It will focus on the efforts of Vladimir Putin to turn Ukraine into a Russian vassal state, first by influencing…
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Secrets of the Knights TemplarONLINE: The Knights Templar was one of the most mysterious and powerful religious orders in history. Highly trained and adherents of a strict chivalric code, the Templars' successes on the battlefield brought them both extraordinary…
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Shift: Making Art From Life's TransitionsONLINE: Join us in bringing creativity and insight to the experience of your life’s transitions — past, present or ongoing. In a participatory format, students will be guided by an artist in the creative process as they make several…
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Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate ProgramThis program, created in affiliation with MindEdge, is inclusive of all topics covered by the International Association for Six Sigma Certification. This program prepares students for the MindEdge Six Sigma Green Belt Certification… Online $1,699.00 Available
Six Sigma Yellow BeltThis self-paced program teachers students Six Sigma concepts, strategies, tools, and techniques to be used in process improvement projects. The course is divided into modules that explain key foundational Six Sigma information,… Online $399.00 Available
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9:00AM - 12:00PM Durham - Judea Reform Congregation $150.00 Wait List
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9:00AM - 10:15AM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $90.00 Available
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1:30PM - 2:45PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $100.00 Available
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11:00AM - 12:30PM Durham - Judea Reform Congregation $60.00 Wait List
When Astronomy Was Philosophy: Astronomy & Cosmology Before the Invention of Modern TelescopesIN PERSON: The heavens have held a fascination for humankind ever since we started walking upright and turned our gaze skyward. Primitive records of solar cycles go back over 10,000 years. Written records of celestial observations…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $60.00 Available
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Writing a Legacy LetterONLINE: This four-session online course is designed to introduce the concept of “legacy letters” and to encourage participants to craft their own legacy document. A legacy letter (also called an “ethical will”) is a written document…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM Virtual Classroom (Online - Zoom) $70.00 Available

Eligibility

All registrants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess word processing and internet skills
  • Be fluent in the English language (including reading and writing)
  • Be familiar with how online programs work and be comfortable using them
  • Be computer literate, have reliable internet access and a valid email account  (Please note personal email accounts are preferred as they are less likely to be blocked by fire walls and spam filters)
  • Meet the computer technical requirements specifications

Admission is discretionary. The office of Duke Continuing Studies, Professional Certificate Programs, requires students be a least 18 years of age and meet minimum suitability standards. Students are not matriculated Duke University students and university student privileges do not apply to Continuing Studies students.

Duke Continuing Studies reserves the exclusive right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to withhold registration or require withdrawal from the program of any student or applicant. 

Certificate requirements

In order to earn a certificate of completion from Duke Continuing Studies, students are required to complete all content elements in each course and earn at least a 70% average test score.

Technical requirements

Operating System
  • Windows XP SP2 or newer
  • Mac OS 10.4.11 or higher
  • Linux/Unix (any recent version)
Hardware
  • 1 Ghz or faster CPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • video card
  • sound card and headphones or speakers (some assignments have audio components)
Software
  • Microsoft Office 97 (or newer) or comparable office suite such as Open Office (free download available at openoffice.org)
  • Adobe Flash Player 9 or greater (free download available at adobe.com)
  • Adobe Reader/Acrobat Reader 7.0 or greater (free download available at adobe.com)
Web Browser
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or greater
  • Firefox 3.6 or greater (free download available)
  • Netscape, Safari, Opera, Chrome, and other web browsers may work, however may not render all features of the course(s)
  • Cookies must be enabled
  • JavaScript must be enabled
Internet
  • Reliable internet connection
  • E-mail account (to be able to register and to receive e-mail from the system regarding registration, course status, etc.)

Registration

Registration is ongoing; therefore students can begin the program when it is convenient for them!  

Registration is not available June 24 - June 30 annually due to the close of the fiscal year for the university.

Note: our enrollment system is a separate system from that used for your online training, and therefore, access to the online training is not an automated process upon your registration. Please be aware that there may be a time delay of up to 5 business days before you receive the email with your access to the online program. This delay will not affect your allotted completion time for the program. Please check your spam/junk folder because sometimes the access emails end up there.

Enrollment Steps
  1. Register for the program using the links provided above.
  2. Receive an email within five business days from our program partner MindEdge containing details about how to access the program’s web portal.
  3. Log-in and begin coursework.  Students will have 5 months to complete their coursework from the date they receive their program access.
Registration Methods
  • Register Online using a credit card with our secure, real-time registration system. Add the course to your shopping cart and follow the instructions for checking out.
  • Register by Phone at 919-684-6259 during our business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm EST).

Is this program affiliated with any other office at Duke University?

This program is not affiliated with any other Duke office. It is offered exclusively through Duke Continuing Studies in a collaboration with MindEdge. 

Does Duke faculty serve as instructors/mentors/subject matter experts in the program?

For programs that include such features (not all do) we have chosen as instructors to use individuals who practice, and in many cases are certified, in the subject matter area being taught to enrich the professional working adult learning experience.

Is this program offered online only?

Yes, this program is exclusively offered online and is self-paced. No classroom programs are currently available for the Sustainable Management Certificate.

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for adult learners and/ or business managers that are interested in learning about sustainable management.

Do I have to log on a certain times on certain days?

No, these courses are completely self-paced, allowing students to schedule the courses work as they so desire within the allotted access time.

Am I able to take individual courses?

No, the Sustainable Management certificate program is available as a certificate only and individual courses cannot be purchased separately.

When is registration open?

Students may register between July 1 and June 23 each year. Registration is not available from June 24 - June 30 annually due to the close of the fiscal year for the university.

After registering, when will students receive additional program details?

Within 5 business days of enrollment (excluding Duke holidays), students will receive an email from our program partner MindEdge with web access information.

Is access to a computer required during this program?

This is an exclusively online program and access to a reliable computer is required for the duration of the program.

How long do students have access to each online course?

Students will have access to all courses within the certificate for five months (150 days) from the date in which they receive program access.

How long does each course take to complete?

Each individual course is estimated to take between 3 and 5 hours to complete. The entire certificate is estimated to take 15-25 hours to complete. Completion time will vary by student.

Are extensions granted to students who request them?

No. Sufficient time to complete coursework has been given, and therefore no extensions will be granted. If a course is not finished and a student wants to re-enroll to complete it, he or she will have to purchase the course/package again and restart the training from the beginning of the course.

What are the technical requirements for this program?

See the Requirements section above.

How do students ask questions?

Each course has an "Ask the Expert" feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered within 3 business days.

What do students do if there are technical issues while completing the course?

Students should contact the Program Manager via email to troubleshoot technical issues. Students will receive a response within 3 business days.

How do students earn a certificate of completion from Duke Continuing Studies?

Students who complete all assignments with an average minimum score of 70% within the given time frame and pay tuition in full (upon registration) will receive a certificate of completion from Duke Continuing Studies. The certificate is downloadable after the course is completed. Students will be able to download the certificate for up to six months after completing the course.

Will these courses count for credits or degrees?

No. These courses are not applicable to a degree.

Upon completion of one or more courses how do students get verification of their CPE / CEU credits?

Students download their certificate of completion from the Learning Management System. The certificate will include CPE / CEU credits earned.

What is the refund policy for these courses?

There are no refunds given for online courses.

Tuition: $559

Duke Employee Discount

  • $50 off the fee of $559; Duke employee pays fee of $509
  • Student must register and pay tuition in full prior to receiving program access
  • Questions:  Contact Program Manager at 919-684-3379

Discount must be requested and applied during the registration process and cannot be applied in addition to any other discount that may be offered. You may be asked to verify your status as a Duke employee.

Group Discount

Do you have a group (Duke or non-Duke entity) interested in training? Contact the Program Manager for details.

Funding Sources

No loans can be construed to imply any degree-seeking status for students of Duke Continuing studies. Duke Continuing Studies courses are non-credit.

Duke Continuing Studies (DCS) will not certify (approve) loan amounts greater than the amount of the tuition regardless of the amount approved by the lending agency. DCS reserves the right to reject any loan which exceeds the tuition amount. DCS will not be responsible for refunding monies in excess of the tuition. Students needing to secure loan funding for books or other items in relation to the program are responsible for making separate loan arrangements with the funding agency. No loan funds will be refunded to the student.

Should a student choose to borrow less than the tuition amount, the balance must be paid prior to the close of the registration period.

Funding Sources

Our Professional Certificate programs are non-credit (not degree applicable); therefore, they are NOT eligible for federal education loans. DO NOT SUBMIT FAFSA FORMS for these programs. Some of our programs may offer payment plans. Please see individual program web pages for those details.

Other Funding Sources

The funding options listed below may not be applicable to all programs at this time. Please contact the organization offering the funding to see if you qualify and if the funds can be used for the program in which you are interested.

Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan

To apply for this private student loan, visit Sallie Mae’s website, and click the I’m ready to apply button. The following application should populate with the pertinent information for Duke Continuing Studies.

  • Under Loan Needs, select Student and then Undergraduate degree.
  • Select Career training school.
  • Select North Carolina from the drop down menu.
  • Under name of school begin typing DUKE PROFESSIONAL, then select DUKE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES, DURHAM, NC, 00292099 when it populates.
  • Click Continue.
  • Next, You've confirmed that you want a Smart Option Student Loan for DUKE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES will appear.
  • Click Continue.
  • Fill out Basic Information.
  • Fill out Permanent Address section.
  • Fill out School Information.
    • DUKE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES, DURHAM, NC, 00292099 should already have populated for the school.
    • Select Certificate for Degree/Certificate of Study.
    • Select your Specialty or select Other if it is not shown in the options.
    • Select Half Time for Enrollment Status.
    • Select Certificate/Continuing Ed for Grade Level.
    • Enter your Loan period begins and loan period end dates.
    • Enter your Anticipated Graduation / Completion.
    • Enter loan amount. NOTE: This may not exceed the cost of tuition.
    • Estimated financial assistance should be $0.00.
    • Under Loan request, click Use calculated need.
    • Do not check any box in typical school expenses.
  • Follow the remaining loan application prompts.
Wells Fargo Graduate Loan

Please note that Wells Fargo is no longer accepting new applications for their private student loans. However, students with an outstanding balance on a Wells Fargo private student loan may be eligible to be borrowers on a new private loan. See here for details.

Duke Hospital Employees

Duke University Hospital employees may be eligible for support from the Employee Development Initiative (EDI), which helps employees pay for short-term career-related programs, workshops, and seminars. For more information, visit the Employee Development Initiative site or call Duke Hospital Human Resources at (919) 668-2170.

Workforce Investment Act

The WIA provides professional and basic skills training services to those who have been unable to find employment. Please keep in mind that this process can be lengthy, so plan to apply well in advance of the program start date.  For more information on eligibility, the application process, or to find your local Workforce Development Board, visit the NC JobLink Career Center website.

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps Education Awards are available only for AmeriCorps volunteers and can be used for educational expenses for non-degree courses, such as Continuing Education courses offered by qualified schools. For more information on qualified schools and programs, contact the National Service Trust at 1-800-942-2677, or visit the FAQ page of the AmeriCorps website.

MyCAA

The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program provides up to $4,000 (over 2 years) of Financial Assistance for military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification, or Associates degree in a portable career field and occupation. For more information, please visit the MyCAA website.

Wire Transfers

Contact our registration office at learnmore@duke.edu for details on how to send wire transfers. Very specific instructions must be followed in order for our office to receive a successful transfer.

Online Refund Policy

There are no refunds or cancellations for online courses.

Extension Policy

No extensions will be granted. Students who require additional time to complete the course(s) they registered for will be responsible for re-registering and paying for the course in full for a second time.

Tax Deductions

Course fees and expenses are sometimes tax deductible. Please consult an accountant concerning this matter. Non-credit programs at Duke Continuing Studies do not generate 1098-T forms, in accordance with the following IRS guideline:

  • Instructions for Forms 1098-E and 1098-T published by the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, states “You do not have to file Form 1098-T or furnish a statement for: Courses for which no academic credit is offered, even if the student is otherwise enrolled in a degree program…”