Continuing Education Opportunities at Duke

  • The Duke Employee Tuition Assistance Program provides tuition reimbursement for full-time employees with at least two years of continuous full-time service for classes taken at Duke (or any other higher educational institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools with a physical presence in North Carolina). Courses must be related to the employee’s current job or continued career growth at Duke.
  • Special Employee Tuition Rate for Duke Classes: Staff and faculty may take courses at Duke at a special tuition rate that represents a savings of more 80 percent off regular tuition. As part of the program offered through Duke Continuing Studies, employees working at least 20 hours per week can take an undergraduate course for academic credit for $975; the normal rate for the fall semester is $5,287. Or, employees can audit a class for $100 instead of the regular $514 audit fee. A maximum of two courses can be taken per semester through the program; one per summer session. The program is independent of the Employee Tuition Assistance Program offered through Duke Human Resources. However, staff and faculty may use the tuition assistance program to be reimbursed for courses taken for academic credit, as long as tuition assistance eligibility requirements are met. Employees who complete a for-credit course can receive a Duke transcript showing the grade. Employees can use the transcript to apply for a transfer of credit if they choose to apply later for a bachelor’s degree program at Duke or if they enroll in a degree program at another higher education institution. The Special Duke Employee Tuition Rate program applies only to undergraduate classes from Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke Marine Lab and Sanford School of Public Policy. Courses and programs not eligible for the special tuition rate include: music lessons, physical education courses, study abroad, courses at the Pratt School of Engineering and classes numbered 700 or higher. For more information, visit the Continuing Studies website.
  • Auditing Classes: Duke employees and members of the community with appropriate academic background are eligible to audit certain Duke University courses – primarily undergraduate – numbered from 001 to 699. Auditors have an official relationship with the University, although they do not receive academic credit.  Auditors, however, are entitled to request and receive a Duke transcript at the end of the academic term.  Permission to audit is granted (or not) by the instructor of the course.  An auditor is counted among those registered for the course, and therefore there must be space available in the class in order to register as an auditor. Persons who would simply like to "sit in" on the course should contact the instructor to ask for permission.
  • Duke Learning and Organization Development (L&OD)--L&OD offers classes in computer technology, management/leadership development, and work skills development.
  • Duke Continuing Studies--Community members may take graduate and undergraduate courses for credit on a nondegree basis or on an auditor basis.
  • Free Online Courses through Coursera for Duke: Coursera for Duke gives Duke students, staff, and faculty free access to 54 Duke-created Coursera courses and 3 specialization certificates. These co-curricular digital courses include Programming Fundamentals, English Composition, Statistics, Big Data, Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Advertising and Society, Challenges of Global Health, Nanotechnology, and many more.  The Duke community can enroll at any time and learn at their own pace, with no grade, and no additional academic pressure.
  • LinkedIn Learning through OIT: LinkedIn Learning provides over 13,000 courses covering business, technology, and creative topics, free to Duke employees.