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Clemson Degree Options Through Coursera

Clemson University partners with Coursera to offer online degree options to learners around the globe. Participants earn a degree from Clemson University by accessing courses through the Coursera learning platform, hosted on Coursera’s website.

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Considering the online Computer Science program?

If you are unsure about which Computer Science program you're interested in, and whether an online program through Coursera is the best option for you, we suggest the following:

1. Browse program offerings

Browse Clemson's graduate-level computer science areas of study to decide which best fits your interests and career goals.

If you are looking for a program that is not reflected on this page, please visit our degree listing page.

2. Learn about Clemson’s MS in Computer Science

Visit the program website to learn more about faculty and coursework. Explore Coursera’s website for more information on the format of the online degree.

3. Apply

Use Clemson's Graduate Application to apply for the program that best fits your needs.

If you are interested in performance-based admission, please select “Non-degree” as your degree type when prompted on the application. In the drop-down menu, select "Coursera - Non-Degree Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sci" for performance-based admission.

Types of Admission

Performance-based Admission

With no formal computing background required, performance-based admission is designed for either practicing or aspiring professionals who are ready to build a comprehensive set of computer science skills.

To gain admission, you’ll complete two three-credit pathway courses on the Coursera platform. Once you’ve earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in both those courses (and provided proof of your bachelor’s degree) you’ll be accepted into the degree program. There are no prerequisites related to a specific educational or professional background. You only need to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in any field.

The performance-based admissions pathway includes two courses: Design and Analysis of Algorithms (CPSC 8400), and AI-Receptive Software Development (CPSC 8740).

No resume, GRE, essays, or letters of recommendation are required.

Traditional Admission

Traditional admission the the online Computer Science MS requires a formal application and supporting materials. Once your application is submitted and all supporting materials are received, a selection committee will review your application to determine if you are eligible for admission.

With traditional admission, applicants are typically expected to have some educational background in the field. Admission requirements for the online Computer Science MS traditional application can be found on Clemson's computer science website.


  • What is Coursera?

    Coursera is an online learning platform that partners with universities to offer on-demand learning content. Beginning Fall 2024, Clemson is partnering with Coursera to offer an online MS in Computer Science. Visit Coursera’s website for more information on their offerings.

  • What is performance-based admission?

    "Performance-based admission" is the general concept of admitting students through degree coursework, rather than a traditional application.

    Clemson's implementation of performance-based admission consists of 2 courses that are 15 weeks in length, and 3 credits each, or 6 credits total in the pathway. The learner needs a B or better to be admitted. A bachelor's degree is required (no specific educational or professional background).

  • Which application is right for me?

    If you meet all the admission requirements for the Computer Science MS, you can apply for direct entry to the degree program. If you aren’t sure if you meet the requirements, or you just want to test out the program, you can apply to the performance-based admission pathway that offers the opportunity to pass 2, 3-credit courses and earn a B or better for full admission to the program. The PBA courses will apply toward the full MS degree if you choose to continue.

  • I’ve been admitted, now what?

    Send your transcripts. Students should send their final official bachelor’s degree transcripts as soon as possible to prevent holds from being placed on their account after the start of their first semester. This hold will prevent enrollment for subsequent terms so it’s important to submit your final official transcript early on.

    Set up your Clemson Credentials. In your welcome email from Clemson University, you will receive your Clemson credentials. Set these up so you will have access to register for courses.

    Speak to your Coursera Enrollment Counselor. Questions regarding next steps should be directed to your Coursera enrollment counselor.