Getting Started

Enroll in a course and pay tuition ($667 per credit hour). Tuition is due at the time of enrollment. You will receive a confirmation message after your enrollment has been processed, typically within 24 hours.

We recommend that new students take one course at a time to start. This allows you to adjust to the graduate-level coursework and get a better sense of how much time you need to budget for the program. 

Visit the Bursar's Degrees on Coursera for more information about payment, account statements, and refund policies.

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After enrolling in a course and paying tuition, you will receive an email from the Office of Information Technology (OIT) with with your Student Identification Number (SID) and instructions on how to activate your IdentiKey (which will be your CU login name) and password. You will use your Identikey to access online services and applications at CU Boulder. 

Activate Your IdentiKey

Didn't get the email from OIT? Contact them directly at to locate your Student Identification Number (SID).

After activating your IdentiKey, you will need to set-up your CU Boulder email account. All official forms of communication will be sent through this account.

Activate Your CU Email

Important! Link your CU email to your Coursera account to:

  • Gain access to the MS-DS Student Onboarding Course (you must complete this before accessing for-credit content)
  • Allow CU Boulder to grant credit for the work you do in Coursera

To get started, open the linking invitation email from Coursera with the subject line “ACTION NEEDED: Link your Coursera account…”. 

Link Your Coursera Account

Prior to accessing for-credit content for the first time, you must pass the non-credit "CU Boulder MS-DS Student Onboarding Course." Please keep the following in mind:

  • You only need to complete this course once.
  • We recommend bookmarking this course so you can refer back to it when you have questions about the program. 
  • If you have completed the onboarding course and still do not have access to the for-credit content, the class may not have started yet. See Calendar.

Please keep the following in mind:

  • The courses you enrolled in will be added to your Coursera account once the session begins. If the session you enrolled in is already in progress, your courses should appear in your account within 24-48 hours. See Calendar.
  • Schedule all proctored exams and submit peer-graded assignments at least 72 hours prior to the class end date. See Calendar.
  • Tuition cannot be carried over to future sessions. All for-credit coursework must be submitted by the last day of the 8-week session you enroll in.
  • Final grades are typically posted about 1-2 weeks after the end of each 8-week session.

You must complete the short, non-credit Community Equity course in Canvas to proceed as an MS-DS on Coursera student. This online course is mandatory for all CU students.

Please keep in mind:

  • You will not be able to register for additional MS-DS sessions until you complete this course.
  • A bystander intervention hold may be placed on your account if you do not complete this course.
  • If you have a bystander intervention hold that is preventing you from registering for classes, email OIEC training for assistance. After your hold is removed, note that you may need to wait up to 1 business day before you are able to enroll.

Complete Community Equity


General Information

The MS-DS on Coursera program is unique among graduate programs at the University of Colorado Boulder in its modality, admissions and course design, and therefore has a number of special policies. These policies are listed in the student handbook.

Student Handbook

The Buff Portal is known as the student portal that will serve as a one-stop-shop for students to find the important resources such as managing transactions, viewing class schedule, checking current status, and much more.

Buff Portal Features

Upon first logging into Buff Portal, students must consent to conduct business electronically during their time at CU Boulder. 

Log into Buff Portal

Finding Your Grades

Grades are typically posted about 1-2 weeks after classes end for the session. (See the calendar for exact dates.)

To find your grades:

  1. Log into Buff Portal.
  2. In the Grades & GPA tile, click Class Grades.
  3. Click on the relevant term to see grades. 
  4. Click on the class name for more info.

Converting Percentage (%) to Letter Grade (A–F)

You can find the grading breakdown for each course on Coursera. Simply go to the course in question, find the Reading: Syllabus item (usually in Week 1), and then scroll down to the section outlining the uniform letter grade rubric for that class.

Converting Letter Grades (A–F) to the 4.0 Scale

You can convert letter grades to the 4.0 scale with the CU Transcript Key. Note that the Numeric Grades (Law) column there only applies to Law School classes and is unrelated to the MS-DS.

Grade Concerns

Worried about how you will do a particular course? Options for MS-DS Students Worried About Course Grades outlines your options before, during and after a class.

Newly admitted students typically receive an email confirming their degree admission about 2–3 weeks after classes end for the session. (See the calendar for exact dates.)

If you believe you are eligible for admissions, please...

  • See Admissions to confirm you meet all requirements. 
  • Watch for an admissions confirmation email within a few weeks after the end of the session.
  • If you still have not received an admissions email 3 weeks after the end of the session, please send an email from your email to for support.

How do drops, refunds, and withdrawal work?

See the Registrar's Special Programs page for information about about drops, refunds, and withdrawal.

What are all of my options?

If you're worried about how you're doing in a course, please see Options for MS-DS Students Worried About Course Grades for options before, during and after taking a class.

Will dropping or withdrawing affect my MS-DS degree admission?

The Admissions section of the Student Handbook explains criteria for MS-DS degree program admission. Note that neither dropped nor withdrawn courses affect your GPA.

How do I re-enroll and complete the course in a future session?

When you're ready to re-enroll in the course, simply click the Enrollment Form for Current Students panel at the top of this page to start a new enrollment form. Then, enroll in the class and pay tuition like normal.

Learn More about Drop & Withdrawal

Students currently enrolled in for-credit MS-DS courses are eligible for free access to non-credit versions of 200+ CU courses through the CU on Coursera learning program.This program grants you sponsored access to a selected bundle of open (non-credit) courses from across the University of Colorado Coursera portfolio. Click below to learn more and get started.

Learn About CU on Coursera

Obtain a copy of your tuition statement and 1098T Tax Form.

Account Statements

The Office of the Registrar can provide confirmation of enrollment or degree status for current or former students.

To get started, send an email to

Before ordering the official CU Boulder transcript, students must check for holds by logging into the Buff Portal. If there are financial obligations with CU, the student transcript will not be released.

Order Transcripts

Note: Click on the "Students with an IdentiKey" button to start ordering an official transcript.

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