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Coursera Plus is an annual or monthly membership that gives you access to 90% of the Coursera site, including fun online courses, professional certificates, and more. An annual membership is $399, but Coursera recently introduced a month-to-month payment option of $59 per month.
A Coursera Plus subscription is worth considering if you think you’ll be taking lots of classes or want to rack up multiple professional certificates at once.
It can also be a good option if your employer offers educational reimbursements that might cover the cost of membership. You can read more about whether Coursera Plus is worth it here
Below, you’ll find some of the most popular courses and programs included under the Coursera Plus umbrella. You can also browse the list of classes included with the Coursera Plus membership here
While some of the most popular Coursera courses make an appearance below — like Yale’s Science of Well-Being and the Learning How to Learn course — it’s worth mentioning that you can typically audit single courses for free. You usually won’t have access to perks like graded homework or certificates of completion if you stick to the free versions, so the calculus of which is a bigger perk is a personal decision. 
Length: 19 hours 
Offered by: Yale University
Based on the most popular course in Yale’s history, this class combines positive psychology with behavioral science to increase your own happiness using concrete, productive habits. 
Read our review of The Science of Well-Being here. For more tips on how to improve your happiness, read our interview with Laurie Santos, the course’s professor, here.
Length: 15 hours 
Offered by: Deep Teaching Solutions
Learning How to Learn gives students of all ages and educational backgrounds the foundational knowledge of how our brains store information and the related practical tools that help us get the most out of learning — whether through time management techniques or test-taking strategies. 
Read our review of Learning How to Learn here.
Length: 28 hours
Offered by: The University of Chicago
This course teaches you about everyday neurobiology, including how the nervous system produces behavior and the neuroscience behind our common problems.
Length: 17 hours
Offered by: The University of Michigan
Learn key communication tactics, how to prepare for a negotiation talk, and the steps to creating a contract so you can become a better negotiator.
Length: 15 hours 
Offered by: Yale University
This intro class (and the most popular psychology course on Coursera) provides students with a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior. Course topics include perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, persuasion, emotions, and social behavior.
Read our review of Introduction to Psychology here.
Length: 10 hours 
Offered by: Yale University
Designed for school staff in pre-K-12 schools, this short course teaches you the skills, strategies, and fundamental knowledge needed to both understand and manage your emotions and those of your students. 
Length: 8 months 
Offered by: University of Michigan
This specialization introduces fundamental programming concepts including data structures, networked application program interfaces, and databases using the Python programming language.
In the fifth course, students complete a capstone project in which they apply what they’ve learned to design and create applications for data retrieval, processing, and visualization.
Length: 6 months
Offered by: Google
This five-course certificate program prepares you for an entry-level job in IT support through a curriculum developed by Google. The program is also ACE certified, so you can earn up to 12 college credits once you’re finished.
Upon completion, those eligible to work in the US can share their information directly with potential employers through Google’s exclusive Career Certificates Employer Consortium. 
Read more about Google’s Coursera certificate programs here.
Length: 6 months 
Offered by: Macquarie University
Macquarie Business School lecturers teach Excel essentials to first-time or self-taught users in this class. Students practice in downloadable Excel workbooks to fill in any knowledge gaps and get hands-on training.
Length: 5 months 
Offered by: The University of Michigan
In five courses, this specialization takes early-level Python programmers through statistical, machine learning, information visualization, text analysis, and social network analysis techniques to expand their Python skills. Learners go over popular Python toolkits such as pandas, matplotlib, scikit-learn, nltk, and networkx to get better at data analysis.
Length: 6 months 
Offered by: CalArts
This course builds the foundational skills needed to be a graphic designer — process, historical context, how to communicate via visuals and typography choices — and covers interface design, motion graphics, and editorial design.
Length: 4 months 
Offered by: CalArts
In this four-course specialization, students learn about every stage of the UI/UX development process to prepare them for a range of careers. You’ll be familiar with applying user research to defining a project’s strategy, scope, and information architecture, as well as developing sitemaps, wireframes, and more. 
Length: 5 months 
Offered by: Johns Hopkins University
Learn foundational data science tools and techniques, like how to get, clean, and explore data; program in R; and create reproducible research. 
At the end of the five courses, you should be prepared to take the Data Science: Statistics and Machine Learning specialization, which teaches you how to build a data product using real-world data.
Length: 4 months
Offered by: Google Cloud
This six-course professional certificate program builds the skills needed for a career in cloud architecture. It’s designed as part of a pathway to earning your Google Cloud Associate Cloud Engineer certification — including sample questions and practice quizzes similar to those on the exam. 

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