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393 Online Courses With Real College Credit That You Can Access For Free

Dhawal Shah

These days, more and more universities are offering for-credit programs via MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. What started with the Arizona State University’s Global Freshman Academy (a partnership with edX in which students could earn credits from MOOCs to apply towards their first year at college) and a small number of degree programs, such as the iMBA from the University of Illinois (Coursera) and Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science (Udacity), has given way to dozens of MOOC-based programs that can confer university credit. Many of these new programs are essentially partial degrees, for example, edX’s MicroMasters, which can result in credit amounting to around one semester of a master’s degree. A small number of courses are also the same courses used by on-campus students.

The catch (and yes, there is a catch) is that in most cases, 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 made a 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 at around 400 courses from 49 different universities, on topics spanning technology, business, the arts, and engineering. Notably, the two-degree MOOC-based degree programs previously mentioned (iMBA and OMSCS) are both available to audit in their entirety.

Below is the full list of for-credit MOOCs that you can still access for free.

Business (150)

Computer Science (58)

Data Science (28)

Art & Design (35)

Engineering (23)

Social Sciences (33)

Personal Development (8)

Programming (9)

Health & Medicine (14)

Science (15)

Education & Teaching (9)

Humanities (1)

Mathematics (1)

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      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! https://www.coursera.org/specializations/teacher-sel.

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      Richard Caiquo-Arthur

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

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      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 http://www.worlduniversity.london
      You can take 5 masters degrees if you complete 10 courses selected by the world university .All free too .

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      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 onlinedegree.com, 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.

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      Kevin Booth

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


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