NINETEEN NEW MicroMasters programs have been announced by MOOC
provider edX, founded by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. Students who complete courses in the modular MicroMasters
programs will have opportunities to earn verified credentials and
college credit, as well as to follow an accelerated path to completion of full
The new MicroMasters have been created by 14 edX university partners.
These include several courses of study that cover topics in business,
including supply chain management in the pilot MicroMasters program
from MIT; international business management from Thunderbird School
of Global Management, a unit of the Arizona State University Knowledge
Enterprise; entrepreneurship and business management, both from the
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore; international hospitality
management from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; and leadership
and teamwork from Universitat Politécnica de Valéncia, among others.
In most cases, a MicroMasters certificate is equivalent to 25 percent
to 50 percent of the courseload of a full master’s degree. Each student can
choose to pursue a full master’s degree, with the MicroMasters credential
counting for credit, thereby reducing the tuition expense. To do so, the
student must be accepted into either the university offering the Micro-
Masters program or another university that acknowledges the MicroMasters
certificate. Universities can take each student’s online performance
into account in admissions decisions.
Global education company Pearson will provide students with local
learning centers where they can take MicroMasters courses in blended
formats. The company also will provide students with regional in-person
support, access to dedicated cohorts, and learning resources.
For information, visit www.edx.org/micromasters.