EDX Partners Launch Micromasters Programs

By BizEd Staff

December 28, 2016

MOOC-based programs will offer opportunities to accelerate path to completion of master’s degrees.

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 master’s degrees.

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.

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