Online Courses-how credible are they?

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harini08
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Online Courses-how credible are they?

Postby harini08 » Sun May 05, 2013 8:50 am

Hello,

I am final year Engg student. I am planning to shift to the field of physics. To gain more knowledge in physics I have enrolled in some online courses offered by EdX and Coursera ( The courses are offered by top universities like MIT ,Berkeley, Stanford etc.).I would like to know the credibility of these courses. They do offer a statement of accomplishment. But, is it really of any value? Do they improve my profile and how useful are they in the PGRE prep?

P.S. Kindly excuse if the post is repetitive! :)

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Re: Online Courses-how credible are they?

Postby admissionprof » Sun May 05, 2013 11:56 am

harini08 wrote:Hello,

I am final year Engg student. I am planning to shift to the field of physics. To gain more knowledge in physics I have enrolled in some online courses offered by EdX and Coursera ( The courses are offered by top universities like MIT ,Berkeley, Stanford etc.).I would like to know the credibility of these courses. They do offer a statement of accomplishment. But, is it really of any value? Do they improve my profile and how useful are they in the PGRE prep?

P.S. Kindly excuse if the post is repetitive! :)


As an admissions director, I would treat a "statement of accomplishment" as having virtually no value. It means nothing. These courses probably do help with the PGRE, but a good PRGE score is necessary for admission, but not sufficient (the PGRE does not cover upper level physics, for the most part). I would never accept a student without undergraduate credit for upper level mechanics, EM, QM, regardless of their GRE scores.

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Natassha
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Re: Online Courses-how credible are they?

Postby Natassha » Thu May 09, 2013 1:59 am

Online Courses Just good for gaining Knowledge, they are not credible in Admissions.

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Re: Online Courses-how credible are they?

Postby microacg » Thu May 09, 2013 10:34 am

I could see you mentioning them as a motivational aspect at some point.

In my spare time I took an online course on topic X, and really enjoyed it.

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Re: Online Courses-how credible are they?

Postby twistor » Tue May 14, 2013 2:50 pm

I have participated in and completed several of these online courses, including ones from Coursera. My personal opinion is that they are worth mentioning on your academic resume but shouldn't necessarily be emphasized. For instance, let's say you're a physics major with an interest in biological physics but don't have a strong background in biology. A good way to fill in this gap would be through free online courses. If you're really concerned about getting college credit for them consider Coursera's Signature Track courses. They charge a nominal fee for this service but you should be able to transfer the credit (read more about this to be sure your institution accepts them first).

Bottom line: they may add value to your application if you meet all the other requirements.

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Re: Online Courses-how credible are they?

Postby harini08 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:01 am

oh well! Thank you for the insight:)




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