Springboard vs. Coursera: Which is the Best Choice for You?

Springboard offers bootcamps and short courses in UI/UX design, data science, data analytics, software engineering, and cybersecurity - all with human support via career coaches and mentors.

All Springboard bootcamps are 100% online, self-paced, and take three, six, or nine months to complete. During each bootcamp, students are matched with an industry mentor who guides them during the program through regular one-on-one video calls. They’re supported by a student advisor to help create study plans and stay accountable in addition to their own career coach beginning in the course, and continuing throughout the job search until starting their new job.

Similar to Springboard, all of Coursera’s courses are online, and some include office hours where students can ask questions of the instructor. However, like most massive open online courses (MOOCs), the majority of Coursera courses take a hands-off approach to instruction and consist of video lectures, readings, and optional assignments.

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Why choose Springboard over Coursera

Professional Mentorship

Regular feedback, guidance and accountability from industry professionals.

Capstone Project

A hyper-relevant project designed to designed to reinforce the course material and showcase your skills to potential employers.

Job Guarantee

A guarantee that ensures you'll start a new job directly related to your area of study or receive a full refund of your tuition.

An industry-leading program

Enrolling with Springboard guarantees you a quality learning experience.
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Meet a few of our Springboard alumni

Reyna Martinez

Education: Psychology
Previous Job: Student Advisor
Current Job: UX Designer, ServiceMax

My mentor built a lot of confidence in me throughout my Springboard experience–and I think that's just a testimony to how Springboard selects their mentors.

Heather Passmore

Education: Ph.D. in Ecology
Previous Job: Data Analyst
Current Job: Data Science Analyst

My mentor helped me define my questions, improve my visualizations and statistical testing, and present my findings in a coherent way.

Jon Shepard

Education: Political Science
Previous Job: Army Reserves
Current Job: Sr Associate

Having a community focused on accomplishing the same goal is crucial for staying motivated and on task

Frequently Asked Questions

What courses do Springboard and Coursera offer?

Springboard offers bootcamps and short courses in UI/UX design, data science, data analytics, software engineering, tech sales, and cybersecurity. All Springboard bootcamps are 100% online, self-paced, and take three, six or nine months to complete

Coursera hosts thousands of massive open online courses (MOOCs) across subjects ranging from computer science to creative writing, brand management, art history, philosophy, and law. Its offerings include certifications, degrees, and free courses, many of which are created by universities and businesses that are open to everyone.

How much do courses cost at Springboard and Coursera?

Springboard’s courses range from $5,500 - $11,900 upfront, with discounts and scholarships available if certain criteria are met. Springboard’s introductory courses, which give students a taste of a field at a fraction of the time commitment, start from $349.

Many of Coursera’s courses are free to access, although its Professional Certificate programs cost $39-99/month, its MasterTrack Certificates cost $2,000-$5,000, and its degree programs such as its MBA can cost upwards of $20,000.

What kind of career improvements can I expect from completing a course?

Springboard offers a job guarantee for all graduates. If a student does not secure a job related to their field of study within six months of graduation, Springboard will offer a full refund on tuition. In addition, Springboard students average a salary increase of $22,000 in their first job after completing a course, with more than 93% receiving a job offer within 12 months of graduating.

Coursera reports that of the people who have taken its courses, 72% have said they’ve experienced a career benefit, 43% have reported improved candidacy for a new job, and 26% have actually landed a job.

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