Earlier this month, edX announced MicroBachelors, a new microcredential that lets learners explore an academic topic, may help them earn academic credit, and can serve as an on-ramp to a full bachelor’s degree.
When edX launched MicroMasters in 2015, speculations about MicroBachelors soon followed. But these only crystallized in 2018, when EdSurge confirmed that edX had started developing MicroBachelors.
MicroBachelors are an undergraduate version of MicroMasters. They consist of entry-level undergraduate courses dedicated to a particular subject. They take about 6 months to complete, with a weekly workload of 5 to 10 hours. And they lead to a verified certificate of completion.
MicroBachelors can serve as standalone qualifications or as stepping stones toward full degrees. Each MicroBachelors is tied to one or several bachelor’s degree programs. If after completing a MicroBachelors, a student applies and is accepted into one of the associated degree programs, his MicroBachelors will count toward his degree.
With MicroBachelors, edX now offers five different types of microcredentials. Below is a list of edX’s other microcredentials as well as their growth over the years. To learn more about the company and its offering, read our analysis of edX’s 2019.
EdX’s microcredentials growth
So far, EdX has released two MicroBachelors and announced a third:
Note that although this MicroBachelors was created by NYU, students who complete it won’t receive academic credit from NYU. Instead, they’ll receive credit from the Thomas Edison State University. EdX has yet to announce which bachelor’s degrees the MicroBachelors may count toward.
Finally, Arizona State University will be offering a MicroBachelors in Professional Writing. The program’s launch date and cost are unknown at this point.