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I am an undergraduate math major. I want to have some math graduate courses on my transcript. I can't do this at my university. Are there online graduate math courses that I can take and receive a certificate after I complete the course successfully. I don't want a full degree, I just want some graduate courses. I searched Google, but I couldn't find any. It is better if the courses are cheap. Thank you

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  • $\begingroup$ Not only this question is offtopic here, the title sounds pretty much as if you were offering courses in math - which is absolutely not allowed. $\endgroup$ – John Dvorak Nov 1 '13 at 18:05
  • $\begingroup$ @JanDvorak Where should I ask this question on stack exchange ? I also don't get the second part of your comment. $\endgroup$ – alaa Nov 1 '13 at 18:06
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    $\begingroup$ I think the title is appropriate given the content of the question, although Jan Dvorak may be right that the question itself is off-topic. $\endgroup$ – Trevor Wilson Nov 1 '13 at 18:07
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    $\begingroup$ @JanDvorak Yes, and it isn't. So what that means is that we should be more careful about assuming something is spam just from the title. $\endgroup$ – Trevor Wilson Nov 1 '13 at 18:08
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    $\begingroup$ I don't think Jan Dvorak's comment means he doubts you are not a student, or thinks that you are selling something. He was just asserting that the title suggested this, which would only make it a bad title. I don't know why he said the "absolutely not allowed" bit, which is clearly an irrelevant warning given the actual content of your question. $\endgroup$ – Trevor Wilson Nov 1 '13 at 18:17
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The University of Washington applied math program offers an online graduate masters degree. I know some who have completed it. There are constantly courses in PDEs, complex variables, and linear algebra. I know in the past there has been at least one course in Analysis (I am not sure if it was more applied or an introduction to real analysis). You may be looking more for pure math courses, but I know that UW's applied math program is a top-ranked program, so you will be getting a quality education if you are interested.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for your answer. I am unable to find the cost of the online course. This is unfortunately an important factor for me $\endgroup$ – Amr Nov 7 '13 at 13:08
  • $\begingroup$ @AMr The courses are $900 a credit hour as seen here. This can be cheap or expensive depending on what you are used to paying for school. Here it says you are not eligible for stipends, but you may be eligible for other financial aid. Luckily since you want to study math there are a ton of grants and scholarships available, see here for a list. I know many who have received these. Good luck! $\endgroup$ – Jeremy Upsal Nov 7 '13 at 17:51
  • $\begingroup$ 900 dollars is actually expensive for me, I was looking for something close to being free. Coursera has courses that require a payment of $50. I was looking for something like that. I am also not sure I will be eligible for financial aid. I just want to take some graduate courses not a full degree. $\endgroup$ – Amr Nov 7 '13 at 19:50
  • $\begingroup$ Finally, thank you a lot for your help $\endgroup$ – Amr Nov 7 '13 at 19:51
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There is a website called www.saylor.org its completely free and they designed the mathematics portion as if you were in a university. It seems pretty good. Check it out.

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  • $\begingroup$ It seems great. Does this organization give a certificate ?!! $\endgroup$ – Amr Nov 7 '13 at 13:11
  • $\begingroup$ Yes they let give you a downloadable certificate once your done with the course and passed the final. $\endgroup$ – user60887 Nov 7 '13 at 15:29
  • $\begingroup$ @user60887 Have you taken any of these courses? These courses seem to be medium-high level undergraduate courses. $\endgroup$ – Jeremy Upsal Nov 7 '13 at 18:55
  • $\begingroup$ @JjeremyUpsal I agree with you. They don't like they are graduate courses, but your answer is appreciated user60887 (better than nothing :) ) $\endgroup$ – Amr Nov 7 '13 at 19:47
  • $\begingroup$ I've have used to some of their material as a reference and these are pretty much standard level undergraduate courses and some graduate level courses. Its free so I say there is nothing to lose if use this website. $\endgroup$ – user60887 Nov 7 '13 at 22:19
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There seems to be an aggregate of courses (known as MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses) on this site including some Coursera courses which I believe offer verified certification.

Pulling a statement right from the FAQ of Class Central:

Some courses offer a ‘Statement of Accomplishment’ (sometimes with ‘Distinction’), but these are issued in the name of the MOOC provider, with only mention of the professor and university. Recently, Coursera has offered a ‘Signature Track’, which, for a fee, verifies that the student has actually completed the course. Note that although MOOCs generally do not result in college credit, many individuals who have completed MOOCs list them as training experiences on their profiles or resumes.

[emphasis mine]

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  • $\begingroup$ I already checked coursera, I don't believe they have any graduate courses. I also don't want to count these courses for credit, I just want them to be on my CV for the application comittee to see. Wouldn't the application comittee of a grad school appreciate these courses on my CV ? $\endgroup$ – alaa Nov 1 '13 at 19:11
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    $\begingroup$ The best people to ask that would be people on the graduate school committee at your school. Assuming you have some kind of personal tutor/supervisor in your department, they should know if doing such courses will bolster your CV or be a waste of time. $\endgroup$ – Dan Rust Nov 1 '13 at 19:24
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Check out Athabasca University's website http://www.athabascau.ca/course/ug_subject/im.php. It seems to offer correspondence courses on upper-year undergrad-level math courses. Not sure about grad-level math courses though.

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  • $\begingroup$ The problem is that it's not graduate. Thank you anyways $\endgroup$ – Amr Nov 10 '13 at 8:33

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