UMD MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) help millions of learners worldwide to expand their knowledge – toward career-related advancements and within topics of interest. From Cybersecurity, to Entrepreneurship, to Mobile Programming for Android, our MOOCs have achieved the highest rankings – with two securing spots on the Top 10 MOOCs of All Time.

Whether you wish to learn more about taking a UMD MOOC, offering MOOCs to employees, or preparing a MOOC for UMD consideration for development, please find more information below:



Subject Area


Interview Research and Preparation

This course, the first in the "Interviewing and Resume Writing in English" specialization, guides you to discover the interests, talents and competencies that you can use to find and do work that leverages your strengths, passions and who you are as a person, so you can start doing work that matters to you and to the world. Whether you already have a career and are looking to move forward, whether you’re looking to change careers, whether you’re starting out in the world of work, whether you’re coming back into the world of work after some time away – this course will help you see your path more clearly and will teach you how to communicate your value to an employer in a way that he or she can immediately recognize.

After completing this course, you will be able to 1) use your individual cognitive, social and emotional traits, together with areas of interest, to discover how to find the future jobs that can give you the greatest satisfaction; 2) identify transferable skills of greatest value to the employers who have the jobs you’re interested in; 3) apply a simple strategy for presenting your skills to an employer in an effective and convincing fashion.

Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems: Part 2

This course introduces you to the design and implementation of Android applications for mobile devices. You will build upon concepts from the prior course, including handling notifications, using multimedia and graphics and incorporating touch and gestures into your apps.

The Cycle: Management of Successful Arts and Cultural Organizations

What makes a successful arts and cultural organization? Led by DeVos Institute Chairman Michael M. Kaiser and President Brett Egan, this course will introduce you to a management theory called the Cycle which supports thriving arts and cultural organizations. Learning from our work with managers from over 80 countries around the world, the DeVos Institute developed the Cycle as a simple, but powerful tool to assist managers in their effort to respond to an increasingly complex environment and propel their institutions to excellence.

The Cycle explains how great art and strong marketing can create a family of supporters, who in turn help the organization produce the revenue required to support even more great art the next year. The Institute has seen the Cycle work in performing and presenting organizations, as well as museums, arts schools, and other nonprofit endeavors like service organizations, historical societies, public libraries, university programs, advocacy organizations, botanical gardens, and zoos.

By taking this course, you will learn:

• the importance of bold, exciting, and mission-driven programming in an organization;
• how long-term artistic planning can help an organization produce this work;
• how an organization can aggressively market that programming and the institution behind it to develop a family of supporters - including ticket buyers, board members, donors, trustees and volunteers;
• how an organization can cultivate and steward this family to build a healthy base of earned and contributed income; and
• how an organization can reinvest that income into increasingly ambitious programming year after year.

All course material is available upon enrollment for self-paced learners. New scheduled sessions begin each month.

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arts-and-humanities, business
Dealing With Missing Data

This course will cover the steps used in weighting sample surveys, including methods for adjusting for nonresponse and using data external to the survey for calibration. Among the techniques discussed are adjustments using estimated response propensities, poststratification, raking, and general regression estimation. Alternative techniques for imputing values for missing items will be discussed. For both weighting and imputation, the capabilities of different statistical software packages will be covered, including R®, Stata®, and SAS®.

data-science, social-sciences

This course will introduce you to the foundations of modern cryptography, with an eye toward practical applications.

computer-science, physical-science-and-engineering
Framework for Data Collection and Analysis

This course will provide you with an overview over existing data products and a good understanding of the data collection landscape. With the help of various examples you will learn how to identify which data sources likely matches your research question, how to turn your research question into measurable pieces, and how to think about an analysis plan. Furthermore this course will provide you with a general framework that allows you to not only understand each step required for a successful data collection and analysis, but also help you to identify errors associated with different data sources. You will learn some metrics to quantify each potential error, and thus you will have tools at hand to describe the quality of a data source. Finally we will introduce different large scale data collection efforts done by private industry and government agencies, and review the learned concepts through these examples. This course is suitable for beginners as well as those that know about one particular data source, but not others, and are looking for a general framework to evaluate data products.

data-science, social-sciences
The Effect of Fires on People, Property and the Environment

Fires impact people, property and the environment in all countries around the world. In some cases, the resulting losses are extraordinary, causing hundreds of deaths, widespread damage to property and contents and significant impacts on the environment. More often, fires may cause a single casualty or affect a single home, though the effects are still highly significant to those affected and collectively are substantial. This course will provide an overview of the challenges posed by fire as well as the fire safety solutions that are available to meet those challenges.

Combining and Analyzing Complex Data

In this course you will learn how to use survey weights to estimate descriptive statistics, like means and totals, and more complicated quantities like model parameters for linear and logistic regressions. Software capabilities will be covered with R® receiving particular emphasis. The course will also cover the basics of record linkage and statistical matching—both of which are becoming more important as ways of combining data from different sources. Combining of datasets raises ethical issues which the course reviews. Informed consent may have to be obtained from persons to allow their data to be linked. You will learn about differences in the legal requirements in different countries.

data-science, social-sciences
Entrepreneurship Capstone

Integrate the tools and concepts from the specialization courses to develop a comprehensive business plan. Choose to enhance new venture concepts previously explored in specialization courses, or develop a new concept for this capstone project. Develop a comprehensive, customer-validated business model and create an investor pitch for the concept.

With this course, students experience a sampling of the ideas and techniques explored in the University of Maryland's master's degree in technology entrepreneurship, an innovative 100% online program. Learn more at

Advanced Interviewing Techniques

People interviewing for jobs today often fail because they are using yesterday's strategies. Recruiting technology has become more sophisticated, and the best employers are constantly changing the way interviews are done. This course gives you detailed strategies for handling tough competency-based, or behavioral, interviews so that you can communicate the knowledge, skills, and abilities that you have and that employers demand.

You will be able to:

1. Identify what the hiring organization is looking for in using behavioral interviewing techniques.

2. List the steps in the S.T.A.R. response strategy and apply the steps, using reasonably correct language, to respond to behavioral interview questions.

3. Use your responses to behavioral and competency-based questions to communicate your personal values.

4. Identify what the hiring organization is looking for in asking situational and wild-card interview questions.

5. List the steps in the P.R.E.P. and 5 W's response strategies and apply the steps, using reasonably correct language, to answer at least one wild-card and two situational interview questions.

6. Develop an optimal strategy for responding to the weaknesses question, based on recognizing why a hiring organization asks these questions.

7. Demonstrate your personal strengths and maturity through your responses to the weaknesses question.

8. Correctly apply hedging language to soften a negative and boosting language to emphasize a positive aspect of your professional and/or academic background.

9. Ask questions to determine how well an organization fits with your personality, career goals and salary objectives.

10. Ask questions that communicate your competencies and strengths.

11. Negotiate the best job offer and compensation package for yourself.

12. Perform successfully on telephone interviews.

Developing the Opportunity for Corporate Entrepreneurs

For an increasing number of established companies, creating new businesses and programs within the company is an imperative for success. Maturing technologies and aging product portfolios are requiring established companies to create, develop, and sustain innovative new initiatives.

In this course, learners will develop knowledge on how to navigate the barriers to creating, developing, and sustain innovative new businesses and programs within established companies or organizations with an emphasis on:

• Introducing the skills for identifying and analyzing entrepreneurial ideas within a corporate environment;
• Examining entrepreneurial thinking within yourself and your colleagues with an awareness of entrepreneurial mindset, entrepreneurial motivations, and entrepreneurial behaviors;
• Cultivating seeing entrepreneurially within yourself and your colleagues with attention to industry conditions, industry status, macroeconomic change, and competition; and
• Championing acting entrepreneurially within the corporate environment with an understanding of value innovation and opportunity identification.

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business, business
Writing Winning Resumes and Cover Letters

How can you bring your resume to the top of the pile? How can you present yourself to prospective employers using the language they already speak inside their organization? This course will give you answers to those questions. You will learn how to convert a boring resume into a dynamic asset statement that conveys your talents in the language that an employer understands.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

1. Identify the real purpose of a resume.

2. Identify relevant competencies for a position.

3. Adapt your resumes to Applicant Tracking Systems (resume screening software).

4. Write powerful and convincing accomplishment statements using your accomplishments inventory to strategically assemble the most relevant evidence of competency for a specific position.

5. Use the resume skills tier method to strengthen your resume.

6. Write summary sections and objective statements aligned to a job position.

7. Take advantage of web resources to find power language for your resume.

8. Produce a strong resume in a format that is suitable both to your background and the position you're interested in.

9. Produce strong cover letters that use A.I.D.A. to help you achieve your career goals.

10. Produce effective follow-up letters that help you stand out from the competition.

Building the Business Model for Corporate Entrepreneurs

Led by Dan Gordon, a University of Maryland faculty member who teaches business modeling in the National Science Foundation's I-Corps Program, this course enables you to develop and apply the Business Model Canvas tool to scope a corporate challenge or opportunity. You will learn how to identify and communicate the nine elements of a business model: Customer Segments, Value Propositions, Channels, Customer Relationships, Revenue Streams, Key Resources, Key Activities, Key Partners, and Cost Structure.

Your completed project will be a customer-validated Business Model Canvas that outlines the business case for a new product or service to address your selected challenge or opportunity in a corporate context. This project is derived from four areas of focus in the course:

• Identifying how to create and deliver value for existing and future customers of the company;
• Learning how to extract value for the corporate venture in a sustainable fashion;
• Conducting in-depth interviews to guide the customer discovery process for your corporate venture; and
• Developing business models that encompass the product or service, customers, and economic engine that deliver on the corporate venture objectives.

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business, business
How To Land the Job You Want (Capstone Project)

In the capstone project, you will combine the skills you’ve learned in the prior four courses of the specialization to polish your elevator speeches, complete your resumes - including multiple versions for different targets - complete your story file, identify possible jobs or careers, perform the research you have learned to do, write suitable cover letters, and ideally land a job!

You will:

1. Develop a personal marketing plan and campaign for getting interviews.

2. Identify at least three organizations with open positions for which you want to apply.

3. Research those organizations and positions.

4. Prepare pitch sheets and J.I.S.T. cards (mini-resumes) targeting those positions.

5. Complete your resume, and if necessary complete multiple versions to target each position.

6. Write appropriate cover letters for the positions.

7. Record and evaluate responses to a set of standard interview questions.

8. Record and evaluate responses to a set of predictable behavioral interview questions.

9. Record and evaluate a response to one situational interview question.

10. Record and evaluate a response to one wild-card question.

As the specialization has focused throughout on the real-world skills you need to research yourself, the market, and a company and has given you strategies and tools to prepare for and succeed in an interview, the capstone project should align with what you have been trained for and position you to land the job you want!

Master Class for Corporate Entrepreneurs

The Master Class experience is designed to serve as the final project experience for the Corporate Entrepreneurship Specialization. Alternatively, professionals with experience in opportunity analysis, business modeling, and corporate finance are invited to complete the Master Class experience without the preliminary courses.

With maturing technologies and aging product portfolios requiring established companies to create, develop, and sustain innovative new businesses, graduates of the Master Class will develop an understanding of how to create new businesses and initiatives within the corporate environment. In collaboration with our award-winning faculty, and a vibrant peer group, learners will explore and apply the skills, tools, and best practices for:

• Identifying and developing the entrepreneurial opportunities;
• Building business models;
• Creating strategies for leading innovation; and
• Financing and profiting from innovation.

The Master Class experience is differentiated from typical Coursera courses and MOOCs in that our faculty and staff are actively engaged with learners by providing individual feedback on assignments. Our faculty and staff will review and offer feedback on the major assignment submissions, if you wish, in an effort to assist you in developing and launching your corporate ventures.

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business, business
Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence housed at the University of Maryland, offers a course looking at the who, what and how of Terrorism Studies, by introducing students to cutting-edge research from the social and behavioral sciences and the experts investigating these topics.

The course will begin with a unit looking at widely held myths about terrorism and utilizing empirical data to discuss the realities of broad trends and patterns in terrorist attacks over time. The course will then review the psychological factors at play in individual radicalization and recruitment into terrorism, followed by an analysis of terrorist group dynamics. The course will next look at terrorist group operations, including their attacks and some of the supporting behaviors that allow them to carry out attacks, including use of media, financing, recruitment, and training. The course will conclude by looking at the factors that drive terrorist group persistence or endurance versus terrorist group desistance, and will bring the varied course concepts together through a detailed look at the case of Al-Qa’ida.

Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to study and work with the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database (GTD), the largest database of terrorist incidents in the world, learning its capabilities and developing basic skills in searching and displaying terrorism data.

Software Security

This course we will explore the foundations of software security. We will consider important software vulnerabilities and attacks that exploit them -- such as buffer overflows, SQL injection, and session hijacking -- and we will consider defenses that prevent or mitigate these attacks, including advanced testing and program analysis techniques. Importantly, we take a "build security in" mentality, considering techniques at each phase of the development cycle that can be used to strengthen the security of software systems. Successful learners in this course typically have completed sophomore/junior-level undergraduate work in a technical field, have some familiarity with programming, ideally in C/C++ and one other "managed" program language (like ML or Java), and have prior exposure to algorithms. Students not familiar with these languages but with others can improve their skills through online web tutorials.

computer-science, physical-science-and-engineering
Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship

This course assists aspiring and active entrepreneurs in developing great ideas into great companies. With strong economies presenting rich opportunities for new venture creation, and challenging economic times presenting the necessity for many to make their own job, the need to develop the skills to develop and act on innovative business opportunities is increasingly vital.

Using proven content, methods, and models for new venture opportunity assessment and analysis, you will learn how to:

* Identify and analyze entrepreneurial opportunities;
* Enhance your entrepreneurial mindset;
* Improve your strategic decision-making; and
* Build innovative business models.

Our goal is to demystify the startup process, and to help you build the skills to identify and act on innovative opportunities now, and in the future.

With this course, students experience a sampling of the ideas and techniques explored in the University of Maryland's master's degree in technology entrepreneurship, an innovative, 100% online program. Learn more at

business, business
Surviving Disruptive Technologies (On Demand)

The purpose of this course is to help individuals and organizations survive when confronted with disruptive technologies that threaten their current way of life. We will look at a general model of survival and use it to analyze companies and industries that have failed or are close to failing. Examples of companies that have not survived include Kodak, a firm over 100 years old, Blockbuster and Borders. It is likely that each of us has done business with all of these firms, and today Kodak and Blockbuster are in bankruptcy and Borders has been liquidated. Disruptions are impacting industries like education; Coursera and others offering these massive open online courses are a challenge for Universities. In addition to firms that have failed, we will look at some that have survived and are doing well. What are their strategies for survival?

By highlighting the reasons for the decline of firms and industries, participants can begin to understand how to keep the same thing from happening to them. Through the study of successful organizations, we will try to tease out approaches to disruptions that actually work. Our ultimate objective is to develop a strategy for survival in a world confronting one disruptive technology after another.

Crafting Strategies for Innovation Initiatives for Corporate Entrepreneurs

This course focuses on enhancing your understanding of (1) how an internal venture is organized and (2) how to overcome resistance to your new venture ideas within the company. The course is specifically valuable for:

• Employees who have creative ideas important to their company;
• Managers seeking to assemble creative people and resources;
• Technical specialists desiring to become part of an internal venture; and
• Consultants who advise companies on ways to launch and grow internal ventures.

You will learn strategies to help you launch a corporate venture with coursework focused on four key areas:

• Examining how to audit a company's internal environment to establish a framework for its innovation capabilities;
• Creating a plan for an organizational structure and operational format that incorporates key roles and players for internal ventures within the company;
• Analyzing corporate culture to identify creative capabilities that leverage the company's best practices for innovation;
• Evaluating innovation portfolios and compose innovation strategies that are best aligned with the implementation potential within the company.

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business, business
Financing and Profiting from Innovation for Corporate Entrepreneurs

This course is for aspiring or active corporate entrepreneurs who wants to understand how to secure and manage funding for their corporate venture. We will demystify key accounting and financing concepts to give corporate entrepreneurs a guide to developing the business case for their ideas, and securing funding to translate ideas into reality.

This course focuses on four key areas:

• Learning the fundamentals and how to create financial statements for new ventures within the corporate environment;
• Examining valuation techniques for understanding how to assess and grow the value of the corporate venture;
• Exploring the different sources of internal and external financing for the corporate venture; and
• Applying lessons learned in the course to structure a funding deal and pitch the corporate venture.

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business, business
Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems: Part 1

This course introduces you to the design and implementation of Android applications for mobile devices. You will develop an app from scratch, assuming a basic knowledge of Java, and learn how to set up Android Studio, work with various Activities and create simple user interfaces to make your apps run smoothly.

computer-science, computer-science
Genes and the Human Condition (From Behavior to Biotechnology)

To acquire an understanding of the fundamental concepts of genomics and biotechnology, and their implications for human biology, evolution, medicine, social policy and individual life path choices in the 21st century.

Successful Interviewing

The goal of hiring managers is not just to hire people who need a job. It’s to hire people who believe in their organization, its mission and the work that’s involved in the job position. Every hiring manager knows: Hire people to do a job and they’ll work for your money. Hire people who believe in the work and they’ll work for their passion.

And this is not a case of “fake it until you make it.” You have to be genuine about your belief in an organization and its mission. That means you have to have researched the industry, the company, and the position – and be able to show how your goals in life align with the company’s mission. Having done so will shape the impression you convey as a candidate, the way you answer traditional questions, and the way you demonstrate that you’re the right candidate for the job.

This course is the second in a five-course specialization. We recommend that courses #1, #2 and #3 be taken in sequence. Course #4 - on resume and cover letter writing - can be taken in any sequence, while course #5 is the capstone for the specialization as a whole.

This course can be thought of as "Interviewing I", while course #3 is "Interviewing II." Course #3 covers more advanced interview formats, including behavioral and situational interviews - along with the special case of telephone screenings. The logic for including telephone screenings - which happen at the start of the interview process - late in this specialization on interviewing is that those screenings, while happening early in the process, involve all the skills that you'll learn from course #1 through course #3.

As for this course, it will teach you how to:

1. Do thorough research on a company of your choice.

2. Prepare for those critical first 3-5 minutes of an interview (when many recruiters say an interview is either won or lost).

3. Prepare for the all important "Tell Me About Yourself" question.

4. Prepare for traditional interview questions.

5. Use strategies for handling the salary question. We don't teach you salary negotiation techniques, but we do teach you how to avoid putting yourself in a weak negotiation position.

6. Prepare an elevator speech - all three variations.

7. Use persuasive speech techniques to present professional accomplishments and qualifications in a manner that conveys benefits to a potential employer.

8. Use persuasive speech techniques to convince a potential employer of your interest, motivation and preparation for a particular position.

9. Adapt your nonverbal communication style to the expectations of English-speaking interviewers.

Survey Data Collection and Analytics Project (Capstone)

The Capstone Project offers qualified learners to the opportunity to apply their knowledge by analyzing and comparing multiple data sources on the same topic. Students will develop a research question, access and analyze relevant data, and critically examine the quality of each data source.

At the completion of this capstone, students will have demonstrated hands-on data analysis capability, evaluated the quality of different data sources using the Total Survey Error approach, involving at least some of the following: comparing weighted non-probability samples to data collected from probability samples, using sampling techniques to correct for coverage errors, and tracking and analyzing social media postings relevant to the project’s topic

social-sciences, business
Cybersecurity Capstone Project

This course presents an intensive experience during which students build a software system they intend to be secure, and then attempt to show that other students' projects are insecure, by finding flaws in them.

computer-science, physical-science-and-engineering
Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace

Develop insights on navigating the innovation process from idea generation to commercialization. Build knowledge on how to create strategies to bring innovations to market. Develop an innovation portfolio and business model canvas for your venture.

We establish a framework for examining the innovation process, and quickly transition into exploring how to successfully bring innovations to market. Key questions answered within the course include:

* What are the key indicators of innovation opportunities?
* What steps are critical for entrepreneurs to bring innovations to the marketplace?
* What innovation strategies are valuable for new ventures to establish and maintain a competitive advantage?

With this course, students experience a sampling of the ideas and techniques explored in the University of Maryland's master's degree in technology entrepreneurship, an innovative, 100% online program. Learn more at

business, business
Hardware Security

In this course, we will study security and trust from the hardware perspective. Upon completing the course, students will understand the vulnerabilities in current digital system design flow and the physical attacks to these systems. They will learn that security starts from hardware design and be familiar with the tools and skills to build secure and trusted hardware.

computer-science, physical-science-and-engineering
Usable Security

This course focuses on how to design and build secure systems with a human-centric focus. We will look at basic principles of human-computer interaction, and apply these insights to the design of secure systems with the goal of developing security measures that respect human performance and their goals within a system.

computer-science, physical-science-and-engineering
New Venture Finance: Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs

This course is for aspiring or active entrepreneurs who wants to understand how to secure funding for their company. This course will demystify key financing concepts to give entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs a guide to secure funding.

Examine the many financing options available to get your new venture funded. Learn the basics of finance, valuations, dilution and non-dilutive funding sources. Understand capital structure for new ventures, term sheets and how to negotiate them, and the differences between early-stage versus later-stage financing. Develop an understanding of how to develop winning investor pitches, who and when to pitch, how to avoid common mistakes that limit the effectiveness of the pitch, and how to ‘get to the close’. Key questions answered within the course include:

* When to raise outside capital?
* What kind of investors invest by stage and where to find them?
* What are your fundraising options?
* What are the key components of the term sheet?
* How to perform company valuations?
* How to pitch to investors?
* What techniques help the entrepreneur ‘get to the close’?

With this course, students experience a sampling of the ideas and techniques explored in the University of Maryland's master's degree in technology entrepreneurship, an innovative 100% online program. Learn more at

business, business