Many universities offer online courses for credit. Class Central has already compiled 70+ MOOC-based master’s degrees. Many of the courses in these online degree programs are publicly available: anyone with an internet connection can take them.
Some of these courses are “freebies” meant to give prospective students a taste of what the full online degree would be like. Others, like edX’s MicroMasters, are essentially partial degree programs, equivalent to about one semester of university. And others, like Illinois’ iMBA and Georgia Tech’s OMSCS, are full degree programs that can be audited for free online.
The catch (yes, there’s a catch) is that in order to convert online coursework into university credit, you have to enroll in the corresponding university. And that usually means going through an admissions process and paying tuition.
That said, by making these courses free-to-audit, universities are giving online learners the same learning opportunities afforded to students taking the courses for credit.
At Class Central, we’re constantly updating our catalog of over 150K courses. Searching through our database, we compiled a list of more than 850 free online courses that are part of a for-credit online program.
To make the list easy to navigate, we’ve grouped the courses by subject and sorted them according to the total number of courses offered. Click on a subject to jump to the corresponding section:
- Business — 28 degrees, 29 microcredentials, 322 courses.
- Computer Science — 6 degrees, 11 microcredentials, 95 courses.
- Data Science — 4 degrees, 8 microcredentials, 84 courses.
- Engineering — 2 degrees, 6 microcredentials, 83 courses.
- Social Sciences — 5 degrees, 7 microcredentials, 53 courses.
- Science — 2 degrees, 8 microcredentials, 51 courses.
- Health — 5 degrees, 4 microcredentials, 47 courses.
- Programming — 1 degree, 6 microcredentials, 28 courses.
- Infosec — 2 degrees, 2 microcredentials, 25 courses.
- Education — 3 degrees, 3 microcredentials, 16 courses.
- Personal Development — 4 microcredentials, 16 courses.
- Humanities — 2 degrees, 15 courses.
- Art & Design — 4 microcredentials, 14 courses.
- Mathematics — 2 microcredentials, 9 courses.
By mix-and-matching these courses, you can even build your own pseudo-degree. Here’s a Class Central guide on how to build an MBA using free online class from Top 10 Business Schools.
Master of Computer and Information Technology
Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS)
Master of Computer Science
Masters Degree in Information Technology Leadership
Master’s Degree in IT Management
Bachelor of Computer Science
Predictive Analytics using Python
Algorithms and Data Structures
Quantum Technology: Computing
Quantum Technology: Detectors and Networking
Internet of Things (IoT)
Programming & Data Structures
Computer Science Fundamentals
Introduction to Information Technology
Health & Medicine
Master of Public Health
Global Master of Public Health (GMPH)
MSc End of Life Studies
One Health Graduate Certificate
Certified Lifestyle Medicine Executive
Anatomy and Physiology Essentials
Mathematics and Statistics Fundamentals
Master of Science in Management
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)
MA Management (Advanced Standing)
Master of Business Administration
MSc Business and Organisational Psychology
MSc Global Logistics
MBA International Human Resource Management
Master of Business Administration (Cyber Security Management)
Master of Business Administration (Health Care Sector)
Master of Business Administration (Marketing)
Master of Business Administration (Sustainable Tourism)
Masters Degree in Leadership
Global Master of Business Administration (GMBA)
MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Master’s Degree in Accounting
Master of Business Administration
MSc Project Management
PgC Human Resource Management
PgC Global Development Management
Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship
BA International Business (Top Up)
BA Management and Leadership
Bachelor of Science in Marketing
Graduate Certificate in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership
International Hospitality Management
Supply Chain Management
Global Business Leadership and Management
Digital Product Management
Digital Transformation Leadership
MBA Core Curriculum
Liderazgo y trabajo en equipo en grupos de mejora continua
Innovación y emprendimiento
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Marketing in a Digital World
Managing Technology & Innovation: How to deal with disruptive change
Gestión de servicios: diseño de experiencias exitosas
Business Analytics Foundations
Financial Accounting and Analysis
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences
Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Principles of Manufacturing
Nanoscience and Technology
Reliability and Decision Making in Engineering Design
Materials Engineering for Intelligent Infrastructure
Solar Energy Engineering
MSc Construction Management with BIM
MSc Construction Project and Cost Management
Water and Global Human Health
Economics and Policies for a Circular Bio-Economy
Business and Operations for a Circular Bio-Economy
Emerging Automotive Technologies
Siembra Directa: agricultura productiva sustentable
Education & Teaching
Masters Degree in Digital Learning Leadership
PgC Online and Distance Education
Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement
Instructional Design and Technology
e-Learning: crea actividades y contenidos para la enseñanza virtual
MSc Disaster Management and Resilience
MSc Emergency Management and Resilience
Masters Degree in Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action
MSc Mental Health
MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Wellbeing
Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research
Water and Wastewater Treatment
International Legal Studies
Chemistry and Technology for Sustainability
Derechos humanos: desafíos contemporáneos
Art & Design
Writing for Performance and the Entertainment Industries
Integrated Digital Media
UX Design and Evaluation
Design et Évaluation UX
Online Master of Science in Analytics (OMS Analytics)
Master of Computer Science in Data Science
Master of Data Science
Master of Science in Data Science
Statistics and Data Science
Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods
Big Data Technology
Fundamentos de investigación en ciencias de la salud
Elements of Data Science
Maestría en Ingeniería de Software
Software Testing and Verification
Full Stack Cloud Application Development
Introduction to Databases
Data Management with Python and SQL
Habilidades profesionales: negociación y liderazgo
Humanities & Soft Skills
Business and Professional Communication for Success
Information Security (InfoSec)
Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity (OMS Cybersecurity)
MSc Cyber Security