Academic cryptocurrency courses: what do they offer?

December 05, 2018
Darya Karatkevich

Cryptocurrency, while enduring a rocky start with many vocal skeptics, is definitely here to stay. Considering this, institutes of higher learning worldwide are adopting cryptocurrency courses and blockchain training into their curriculum. Online resources abound, from a random bitcoin tutorial to advance classes you can watch on YouTube.

As the market matures, learning about the new digital currency will be key to help you navigate the future economy, but can also help to tune you into lucrative investment opportunities today. Let’s take a look at some of the best cryptocurrency courses and what they have to offer.

Universities catching on


According to the Coinbase research, almost half of the world’s top 50 universities now offer at least one cryptocurrency course. Many have full programs as well as blockchain-related classes.

Increasingly, the universities are creating research centers to track developments in the industry to better serve the students signing up for these classes. This means that the classes offer a rare, academically vetted look into the ecosystem of blockchain and cryptocurrency. Since there’s lots of misinformation out there, especially online, it makes this kind of detailed learning even more valuable to students.

Leading the way is Stanford with ten related courses. Cornell has nine, and the University of Pennsylvania (one of the top business schools in the country) has six. The University of California Berkeley has an entire blockchain and cryptocurrency research center which underpins their four classes. Many others have at least two classes.

Law schools are quickly realizing the potential for students and incorporating cryptocurrency education into the curriculum as well. In fact, Campbell Harvey, Professor of International Business at Duke University said, “Law students that are trained in blockchain don’t need to apply anywhere. People are just asking them to join their firms.”

A research found that still only 9% of the student population have taken a cryptocurrency course. But demand is on the increase, as 26% said they would like to take one.

Blockchain classes popular too


The future of cryptocurrency, and the underlying technology of blockchain, is not all about bitcoin. Many universities are putting together blockchain-specific programs as well. Already being applied across dozens of industries, there will be a high demand for graduates with expertise in the new discipline.

These courses in cryptocurrency and blockchain are ways to future-proof your education, as there is going to be a low supply and high demand in the job market for years to come. So if you’re a student, especially in the tech segment, it’s worth taking these classes. Many students report that being an expert in these emerging technologies all but guarantees you’ll have a job upon graduation.

Online resources

online resources

Beyond the actual university setting, there are some good learning resources online. Berkeley’s blockchain research program posts regularly on their blog and puts full lectures on YouTube. You can sample the academic courses even if you’re not a student, which is a valuable resource.

B21 Block: Cryptocurrency & Blockchain School is a great podcast where you can jump-start your knowledge on these subjects. You can use the archives to start at the beginning, and really get a good sense of what the cryptocurrency ecosystem is all about.

Online microdegrees

online education

Courses like Udacity’s blockchain developer course allows students to quickly get a degree online and jump right into a hot industry. Blockchain developers are in high demand, and the curriculum includes cryptography as these concepts underpin the whole platform that cryptocurrency is built on.

Just the beginning

As we see, universities scramble to add cryptocurrency courses to their curriculum, but it pays to remember this is still early days. Finding a university that has been an early adopter of classes on the new technology can really add value to your degree.

Post written by Darya Karatkevich
Darya is a blockchain market observer with 5+ years of experience as an author and editor for major tech blogging platforms. Her fortes are blockchain technologies and solutions, cryptocurrencies and crypto-related regulations.

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