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.

New Students: Enroll Now

Returning Students: Enroll Now

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 oithelp@colorado.edu 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.

All CU Boulder students must complete the mandatory Community Equity training online in Canvas. This non-credit online course covers university policy and resources addressing discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct. Students will also learn skills for helping as a bystander and for supporting friends.

Mandatory Community Equity Training

  1. Log into Canvas: canvas.colorado.edu

  2. Access the Community Equity training from your Canvas dashboard. If you don’t see it listed there, select “Courses” on the left, then “All Courses.” Please contact OIEC if you are having trouble accessing the course.

  3. Complete the course.

*The Community Equity course is only required after you are admitted to the MS-DS program. If you are not admitted to the program, you do not need to complete the course (and will not be able to complete the course) until after admission. If you are admitted to the program, the course will appear in your Canvas account 2 weeks after being admitted. 

Bystander Intervention Holds

  • Students who do not complete this course before the deadline may have a bystander intervention hold placed on their account.

  • If you have a bystander intervention hold on your account that is preventing you from registering for classes, please contact OIEC 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.

See more information on the University's Community Equity page.

Complete Community Equity after admission

 

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.) Please note that admissions for Spring 1 sessions are typically delayed by a few weeks due to the winter break.

If you believe you are eligible for admission to the MS-DS degree, 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 colorado.edu email to msds-support@coursera.org for support.

All students must complete a short, non-credit Community Equity course in Canvas after admission to the degree program. See Step 7: Complete Community Equity Course under Getting Started above for details.

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 reg-specialprograms@colorado.edu.

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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Graduation Information 

Congratulations on completing your degree! You've made many sacrifices and overcome great challenges to arrive at this moment.  Now, it's time to celebrate your accomplishments as a graduating Buff.  We are BuffsTogether, no matter where we are! 

You do not need to apply to graduate. Students who complete the degree requirements (30 credits- 21 core credits and 9 elective credits) typically receive an email confirming their degree conferral about 2–3 weeks after classes end for the session. (See the calendar for exact dates.) 

You are welcome to attend the graduation ceremony on-campus upon completion of your MS-DS degree. 

There is one campuswide ceremony per year, held at the end of the Spring 2 session. The MS-DS program will host a recognition ceremony in December of every year to celebrate graduates at the end of Fall 2 sessions. 

For those graduating at the end of Spring 2 2022 can join the Spring 2022 Commencement, which will be held on Thursday, May 5 at 8:30 a.m. MT at Folsom Field Stadium

In order for your name to be published in the Commencement Brochure is Thursday, March 31st at 11:59 PM MT. You must submit this form if you wish to participate in the May 2022 Commencement Ceremony. 

In order to walk in the commencement ceremony, students must wear approved regalia. Master’s students should wear regalia purchased online from Jostens. The regalia set includes the gown, hood, cap/tam, tassel and is yours to keep. The deadline to order your regalia online is 11:59 p.m. MT on Thursday, March 31st. 

Please note that we do not issue visas for international students wishing to attend the in-person graduation ceremony. 

For more information about Spring 2022 Commencement, please visit the Commencement website.

We'll mail your complimentary paper diploma and/or certificate approximately eight weeks after the end of the semester in which you complete your degree requirements. Please note that we mail diplomas out three times per year (Fall, Spring, and Summer). So, if you graduate the first session of a term (ie. Spring 1), your diploma will be mailed out 8 weeks after the second session of that term (ie. 8 weeks after Spring 2 ends). 

You should verify both your name that will appear on your diploma, as well as the address your diploma will be mailed to in your Buff Portal. To do so, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Log into Buff Portal
  2. Select "Apply for graduation."
  3. For your academic institution, select "CUBLD."
  4. For your expected graduation term, choose the term in which you expect to complete your degree requirements.
  5. Select "Select Program."
  6. Select the link for the academic program you're applying to graduate from. 
  7. Review your academic information. If it's accurate, select "Information Is Correct."
  8. Select "Apply for Graduation."
  9. Review your name. If you want to modify it, select "Change Name," then "Add Name." Once you save it, this new name will be your diploma name.
  10. Once you're happy with your name, select the "Approve Diploma Name" checkbox.
  11. Review your address. Diplomas are mailed approximately eight weeks after the commencement ceremony. If the address shown won't be correct at that time, select "Change Address" to create a new diploma address. The post office will not forward your diploma if your address changes.
  12. Once you're happy with your address, tick the "Approve Diploma Address" checkbox.
  13. Review your information. If it's accurate, select "Apply for Graduation."

If you don’t enter your address, your diploma will be mailed to your home address (note: the post office will not forward your diploma if your address changes).

Now that you are a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, you are welcome to join the Buffs Alumni Association, known as Forever Buffs. Please see the Forever Buffs website for more information on joining the association.

You do not need to apply to graduate. Students who complete the degree requirements (30 credits- 21 core credits and 9 elective credits) typically receive an email confirming their degree conferral about 2–3 weeks after classes end for the session. (See the calendar for exact dates.) 


 
In order for your name to be published in the Commencement Brochure is Thursday, March 31st at 11:59 PM MT. You must submit this form if you wish to participate in the May 2022 Commencement Ceremony.

In order to walk in the commencement ceremony, students must wear approved regalia. Master’s students should wear regalia purchased online from Jostens

The regalia set includes the gown, hood, cap/tam, tassel and is yours to keep.  The deadline to order your regalia online is 11:59 p.m. MT on Thursday, March 31st. 

Regalia for Master's students consists of a keepsake master’s gown, hood lined with CU school colors and velvet trim denoting field of study, mortarboard cap, and a black tassel.  
$46.22 (plus tax and shipping)

For all information about the Spring 2022 Commencement, please see the Commencement webpage.

For all information about the Spring 2022 Commencement, please see the Commencement webpage.

For all information about the Spring 2022 Commencement, please see the Commencement webpage.

We do not issue visas to attend the graduation ceremony. You would need to see the US Department of State website to check your eligibility and visa requirements to enter the US on a visitor visa. If you are unable to celebrate your graduation in-person, we will have an online recognition ceremony that we encourage you to attend! 

At this time, we are not planning on hosting an in-person recognition ceremony for MS-DS graduates in May. However, we will be hosting an online ceremony to recognize your accomplishments on being the first cohort of students to graduate from the program! 

We will be hosting an in-person recognition ceremony in December for all those who graduate between Summer 1 and Fall 2 2022. More details will be provided in August. 

No, only students who will have completed all degree requirements by the end of the Spring 2 session (April 29, 2022) will be able to attend the commencement ceremony in May. Those who will be graduating after the Summer 1 session will be invited to attend the in-person recognition ceremony that will be hosted in December (more information will be provided in August). 

You are welcome to set up an appointment with your graduate advisor to make sure you are on track to graduate. Appointments can be scheduled on Calendly or by emailing msds-support@colorodo.edu