Amazon | Career Choice

College Pathway

Take a powerful first step toward earning your degree with online college courses essential to any degree program.
  • Pre-paid by Amazon

    Cost covered for eligible employees.

  • Earn college credits

    Transfer the credits you earn to your school of choice.

  • Start anytime

    Designed to fit your schedule with cohorts beginning every 2 weeks.

The launchpad to your future

Say hello to your first step towards a college degree. Experience a whole new way to earn foundational college credits that is designed to be engaging, fun, and effective for all types of students. You’ll earn 12 transferable college credits from the renowned University of Pittsburgh in prerequisite subjects like writing, math, liberal arts, and business that build toward any degree program.

Specifically designed for Amazon employees who want:

  • Flexible course schedules and study hours
  • A risk-free opportunity to explore if college is right for you
  • Credits transferable towards a college degree
  • Exposure to different fields of study
  • An effective online education with the support to succeed

Build your pathway

In addition to the required College Writing I course, choose 1 Math, 1 Business, and 1 additional Liberal Arts course from our top courses.

  • Writing

    College Writing I

    Unlock the power of words.
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  • Business

    Intro to Business

    The art of creating value.
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  • Business

    Principles of Economics

    Economics in a nutshell.
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  • Math

    College Algebra

    Math rules everything around us.
    Learn more
  • Math


    Master the building blocks of Calculus.
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  • liberal arts

    Intro to Psychology

    The science of the mind.

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  • liberal arts

    Intro to Sociology

    Explore the fabric of society.
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  • liberal arts

    Intro to Philosophy

    The big questions, examined.
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By the numbers

  • 12 college credits

    Number of credits you’ll earn from top-rated University of Pittsburgh, transferable almost anywhere

  • 33% earnings increase

    “Associate’s degrees earn nearly one-third more than those with just a high school diploma”

    Source: Georgetown University CEW

  • $2.8 million

    Average Bachelor’s degree lifetime earnings increase vs. high school diploma

    Source: Georgetown University CEW

Transferable credits from a top 50 school

Earn 12 credits from acclaimed University of Pittsburgh for maximum transferability

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UMass Teaching Excellence Award Recipient | Dr. John Kaag | College Writing I Professor

UMass Teaching Excellence Award Recipient | Dr. John Kaag | College Writing | Professor

Program cost

  • Regular Price

    Total cost for non-Amazon students

  • Your price

    Amazon | Career Choice

    The $2,388 cost of this Certificate program is covered for all eligible Amazon employees pending their payment request.


What you’ll get

  • 4 individual world-class courses, available 24/7
  • 12 transferable college credits from a Top 60 US college (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Shareable Outlier Certificate of Completion
  • World-class instructors from institutions like NYU and NASA
  • Free tutoring for your math course
  • All course materials included

Ready to earn a degree?

Meet Degrees+

Advance your career with an online associate degree program built around you. Plus, earn a resume-building career certificate along the way to reach your goals faster.

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Highlighted instructors

You may find yourself binge-watching their lectures. Instructors are hand-picked for their expertise and ability to communicate ideas clearly and charismatically.

  • Tori Sampson, MFA

    Playwright and screenwriter

    College Writing I

  • John Kaag, Ph.D.

    UMass Lowell

    Intro to Philosophy

  • Po-Shen Lo, Ph.D.

    Carnegie Mellon University

    College Algebra

  • Dana Fisher, Ph.D.

    University of Maryland

    Intro to Sociology

  • David Pizarro, Ph.D.

    Cornell University

    Intro to Psychology

  • Kelsey Houston-Edwards, Ph.D.

    University of Tübingen


  • Melvin Rogers, Ph.D.

    Brown University

    College Writing I

Hear from our alumni

  • Jacqueline W.

    Jacqueline W.

    “LOVE LOVE LOVE. I’ve taken a lot of online courses over the years and … Outlier blows them all away—in design, teachers, production, content, and facilitating learning.”

  • Elliot P.

    Elliot P.

    “The staff was amazing! Not only knowledgeable but very friendly and super supportive. I felt the same level of rapport with them as though I was attending physical classes and seeing each of them every day.”

  • Katie A.

    Katie A.

    “I had a wonderful experience with the community, the subject and with my peers. Outlier has an incredible support staff willing to help us with everything from answering queries to clearing subject doubts, and the course content is really engaging.”

  • Outlier Alumnus

    Outlier Alumnus

    “I am loving both the great quality material, but also the platform and the way it's presented. It seems so intuitive, such a pleasure to use, and such a good way to learn.”

Freqently asked questions

  • Amazon’s Career Choice program is available to all full- and part-time blue badge employees, including: all hourly non-exempt FC, CS, corporate, AWS, Amazon Fresh Stores, Amazon Books, Amazon 4-star, Amazon Pop Up, Amazon Go and certain retail and eligible subsidiary associates. Subsidiaries include A9, A100, A2Z, Audible, Brilliance, ComiXology, CreateSpace, Fabric.com, Goodreads, Amazon Pharmacy, Shopbop and Woot.

  • Outlier.org courses are open enrollment, with cohorts starting every two weeks: this means there’s no application required, and you don’t need to wait to get started! However, we recommend students have earned at least a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent.

    Please reach out to our Enrollment Specialist team at hello@outlier.orgwith any questions (and share that you are an Amazon employee).

  • To confirm your enrollment and ensure your registration is tracked through the Career Choice program, you will need to provide your unique Amazon Payment Request. To request your Payment Request, visit your account at www.AmazonCareerChoice.com.

    You must submit your Payment Request before your enrollment is confirmed and no later than 3 days before the start of your first course. If the Payment Request is not submitted by this date, you will lose access to the course material and  will be dropped from the course.

  • No textbooks or additional materials are required! Everything you need for your Outlier.org course is included within our custom learning management system.

  • Outlier.org courses start approximately every 2 weeks. Each of the courses take 14 weeks to complete. We strongly recommend taking one course at a time to start. This will allow you to get a feel for the time commitment required. After your first course, you can take the next as soon as it’s convenient for you. You have up to 2 years from the date of purchase to complete all courses within the Certificate sequence.

  • A 14-week standard course has an estimated 10-20 hours/week time commitment, between watching the recorded lectures, using the Active Learning (interactive textbook), completing practice sets to test your learning, and taking the section quiz.

  • You earn your Outlier Certificate when you complete all of the courses in your certificate sequence with a passing grade (of 69.5% or higher). All courses must be taken for credit, with graded assessments and exams, to count towards a Certificate.

    Once earned, you will receive both a digital and physical Outlier.org Certificate, along with a badge to share your LinkedIn Profile and resume.

  • At Outlier.org, we believe that curiosity is one of the most important traits a student can nurture, and electives allow you to do just that: explore new skill sets and topics that grab your attention. Electives are an important part of the college experience because they help you discover what sparks your joy and passion—key ingredients for academic (and career) success.

    The College Pathways Certificate is designed to help you explore college in a meaningful way, building a general foundation that you can apply to any major or career that you choose to pursue.

  • The math elective courses, Pre-Calculus or College Algebra, are essential tools no matter where your learning or career journey takes you. Beyond learning the basics of how to work with numbers and equations, Outlier.org’s introductory math courses offer valuable practice in areas you can apply in your career or in real life situations, like: problem-solving skills, analytical thinking, and logic.

    We’ve built a great tool to help you figure out which math elective is right for you: when signing up for the Certificate, you’ll be asked to answer a few short questions and we’ll point you in the right direction.

  • Tutoring sessions will be scheduled to maximize compatibility with students’ schedules and availability. Exams and writing assignments (when applicable) are each open to take for a set window of time (usually several days); however, all other course materials are available to you from the time the course opens through the end of the final exam window.