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(2021) 600 Online Courses With Real College Credit That You Can Access For Free

Class Central recently made a list of all the courses we could find that are part of for-credit programs and are still free to access.

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These days, more and more universities are offering for-credit programs via MOOCs.  Class Central has documented the launch of more than 50 MOOC-based master’s degrees. Many of the courses that make up these degree programs are publicly available to anyone with an internet connection.

Some of these courses are “freebies”, meant to give prospective students a taste of what the full online degree program will be like. Others, such as the iMBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Online Master of Science in Computer Science from Georgia Tech are full degree programs available to audit.

Others are essentially partial degree programs, which may be converted to credit amounting to around one semester of a master’s degree program, some at multiple institutions. This is the model edX introduced with its MicroMasters programs.

The catch (and yes, there is a catch) is that in order to convert MOOC coursework into university credit, you have to be enrolled in a program at a university. And that usually means going through an admissions process and paying tuition. Still, it is significant that the general public can audit the very same courses that paying students are taking for credit.

Class Central recently updated our list of all the courses we could find that are part of for-credit programs and are still free to access. Our search turned up nearly 600 courses, on topics spanning technology, business, engineering, and the humanities. We’ve grouped them by subject and, where possible, by the degree programs they are part of. Below is the full list of for-credit MOOCs that you can still access for free.

Business – 260 courses, 19 degree programs, 25 microcredentials
Computer Science – 111 courses, 6 degree programs, 16 microcredentials
Data Science – 27 courses, 1 degree program, 6 microcredentials
Engineering – 46 courses, 1 degree program, 6 microcredentials
Science – 17, courses, 3 microcredentials
Health and Medicine – 43 courses, 4 degree programs, 2 microcredentials
Education and Teaching – 14 courses, 1 degree program, 3 microcredentials
Humanities – 77 courses, 4 degree programs, 12 microcredentials



Online Master’s of Accounting (iMSA)

Master of Business Administration (iMBA)

Master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management

Master’s Degree in Leadership: Service Innovation

Master of Business Administration (Artificial Intelligence)

MSc Construction Project and Cost Management

Master of Business Administration (Marketing)

Master of Business Administration (Health Care Sector)

Master of Business Administration (Cyber Security Management)

BA Management and Leadership

BA International Business (Top Up)

MSc Global Logistics

MSc Construction Management with BIM

MSc Business and Organisational Psychology

Master of Business Administration (Sustainable Tourism)

Master of Business Administration

Masters Degree in Leadership

MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Master’s Degree in Accounting


Business Management


Supply Chain Management

Business Analytics

Business Fundamentals

Global Business Leadership and Management

Corporate Innovation

Business Leadership

Digital Leadership

Digital Product Management


MBA Core Curriculum

Liderazgo y trabajo en equipo en grupos de mejora continua

Innovación y emprendimiento

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Project Management

Design Thinking

Marketing in a Digital World

Marketing Essentials

Managing Technology & Innovation: How to deal with disruptive change

International Hospitality Management



Gestión de servicios: diseño de experiencias exitosas

Marketing Analytics

Computer Science


Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS)

Master of Computer Science

MSc Cyber Security

Masters Degree in Information Technology Leadership

Master of Computer and Information Technology

Master’s Degree in IT Management


Artificial Intelligence

Algorithms and Data Structures

Predictive Analytics using Python

Quantum Technology: Computing

Quantum Technology: Detectors and Networking


Internet of Things (IoT)

Programming & Data Structures

Cybersecurity Fundamentals

Computer Science Fundamentals

Information Systems

Introduction to Information Technology

Software Development

Cloud Computing

Software Testing and Verification

Introduction to Databases

Data Science


Online Master of Science in Analytics (OMS Analytics)


Statistics and Data Science

Data Science

Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods

Elements of Data Science


Big Data



Master of Science in Electrical Engineering


Principles of Manufacturing

Nanoscience and Technology

Structural Design

Reliability and Decision Making in Engineering Design

Emerging Automotive Technologies

Solar Energy Engineering



Sustainable Agribusiness

Siembra Directa: agricultura productiva sustentable

Water and Global Human Health

Health & Medicine


Master of Public Health

Global Master of Public Health (GMPH)

MSc Nursing

MSc End of Life Studies


Certified Lifestyle Medicine Executive

Healthcare Administration

Education & Teaching


Masters Degree in Digital Learning Leadership


Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement

Instructional Design and Technology

e-Learning: crea actividades y contenidos para la enseñanza virtual



Bachelor of Arts

MSc Disaster Management and Resilience

MSc Emergency Management and Resilience

MSc Mental Health


Humanities & Soft Skills

Habilidades profesionales: negociación y liderazgo

Writing for Performance and the Entertainment Industries

Integrated Digital Media

UX Design and Evaluation

Design et Évaluation UX

Sustainable Energy

Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research

Chemistry and Technology for Sustainability

Business and Operations for a Circular Bio-Economy

Economics and Policies for a Circular Bio-Economy

International Law

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Dhawal Shah

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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Bobby Brady

Bobby has successfully utilized MOOCs in his professional career twice, transitioning from the service industry to IT support and then again to Development. He now works full time as an edtech consultant and contractor helping students from all over the world learn React and JavaScript.
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Laurie Pickard

I got into MOOCs when I started a project to replicate a traditional MBA using free online courses. My blog at resulted in a book called Don't Pay For Your MBA. I joined the team at Class Central in 2017.

Comments 9

  1. Cory Pavicich

    You can also apply your work in the University of Colorado Boulder’s The Teacher and Social and Emotional Learning Specialization on Coursera toward 3 graduate teacher credits. You do have to pay for credit, but you don’t have to enroll in any campus programs!

  2. Richard Caiquo-Arthur

    Please, how do I identify the masters degree programs among the lot?

  3. Muvaffak GOZAYDIN

    Richard, be careful . All above are MOOCs providing credits, not towards degrees . Only degree programs are from Georgia Tech and Uni of Illinois . Even MIT provides master degree with 5 courses online free but 5 courses on campus at $ 30.000 Just look up every entry above . I suggest all top universities mujst provide online degrees . But my personal solution is
    You can take 5 masters degrees if you complete 10 courses selected by the world university .All free too .

    • CLC

      Careful with this type of university if you want a government job it needs to be on the list…

      • Hugh Dee

        Well said. Also, in America, Fortune 500 corporations will only recognize degrees from “accredited” universities. Prospective students should always verify an online school’s accreditation before buying into any online study program.

  4. Josh Escobdo

    The courses in this article are moocs, they do not award “college credits”. It’s pretty important for your visitors to not be misled into taking these & thinking they’re going to get college credit. If they want free college credit they should visit, they offer 100% free college credits, 44 credits can be obtained. Courses are self paced (no deadlines, no semesters, enroll anytime), no homework or assignments & best of all they just had all their credits approved to be transferred to over 1,000 U.S. college. One other free option is University of the People, an American accredited online university offering 100% free associate, bachelor, & MBAs to anyone with a high school diploma/GED.

  5. Kevin Booth

    Don’t go to the links posted by other commenters, as they are for ‘spam’ links…. shady shady people….

  6. Cherole

    Good day

    I need to get started with a course I chose under Havard University titled Children’s rights but I have since responded to an email that required that I confirm my email address but can’t reply.The question is what is the next level.


  7. William

    Could we update this with the info for the Masters in Science in Management from Illinois?


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