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Coursera Launches Two New Masters Degrees, Plans to Offer Up to 20 Degree Programs

MOOC Providers now offer ten completely online Masters degrees

Last month Coursera announced two more Masters degrees, taking the total number of degrees it offers to four. The University of Illinois announced its third Masters Degree with Coursera in Accounting (dubbed iMSA). Coursera roped in a new partner, HEC Paris, which will be offering a Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (dubbed OMIE).

Both of these degrees require students to go through an application process, and there is a minimum qualification of having a Bachelors degree. The process and requirements are pretty similar to applying for an on-campus degree.

iMSA requires the student to have a GRE/GMAT score, but that can be waived if the candidate can show sufficient work experience. Non-native English speakers will be required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. The entire degree costs $27.2k, consists of 32 credit hours, and can take anywhere between 18–36 months to complete.

OMIE doesn’t require that potential applicants have a GRE/GMAT score, but it recommends that they do. It also requires a minimum of five years of work experience and English proficiency. The entire degree costs €20k, consists of 20 courses, and can take anywhere between 10–16 months to complete.

OMIE also includes a certificate program, which costs €5,000. The Certificate in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship does not have an application process and is open to everyone. Once completed, it can be applied towards the full degree.

Overview of MOOC-based Degrees

Degree Provider University Cost
MS Computer Science Udacity Georgia Tech $6,600
MS Analytics edX Georgia Tech $10k
MBA Coursera University of Illinois $22k
MS CS Data Science Coursera University of Illinois $19.2k
MS Accounting Coursera University of Illinois $27.2k
Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Coursera HEC Paris €20k
Cyber Security (Masters) FutureLearn Deakin University £24k
Development and Humanitarian Action (Masters) FutureLearn Deakin University £24k
Professional Practice: Information Technology (Masters) FutureLearn Deakin University £24k

With the addition of these two degrees, there are now ten fully-fledged Masters offered by MOOC providers (as shown in the table above). All the major MOOC providers are now offering degree programs. According to InsiderHigherEd, Coursera has goals of launching 15–20 degree programs by the end of 2019.

To contrast, 2U, a public listed company that helps universities put their degree programs online, currently has 45 such degrees. 2U made $205.9 million in revenue in 2016, an increase of 37% over its 2015 revenue. Given the MOOC providers’ existing relationships with universities, it makes financial sense to partner with them to go after this lucrative market.

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Dhawal is the CEO of Class Central, the most popular search engine and review site for online courses and MOOCs. He has completed over a dozen MOOCs and has written over 200 articles about the MOOC space, including contributions to TechCrunch, EdSurge, Quartz, and VentureBeat.

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