HEC Paris Offers MOOC-Based Degree

HEC Paris will accept its first cohort into MOOC-based master's in innovation and entrepreneurship.

This September, HEC Paris in France will go one step further toward creating a revenue- generating model for its MOOCs, when it accepts the first cohort into its new Master’s in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OMIE) online degree program. The curriculum for the international degree program, which the school created in collaboration with the online learning platform Coursera, will be based on stackable credentials. That is, participants can take a single course, complete one or more specializations, or complete the full degree, paying for each step of the process as they go.

The program begins with foundational courses that lead to a series of specializations. Completion of those specializations leads to a certificate in innovation management and entrepreneurship. To earn the degree, students must then take a series of project-based courses, in which they work in teams over a six-month period on an entrepreneurial project of their choice. During that time, they will receive coaching from experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Unlike traditional MOOCs, which accept students via open enrollment, the OMIE will accept students based on HEC Paris’ normal selection criteria. Prospective students still can take the courses and specializations at any time. However, they can apply completed specializations for credit toward the OMIE degree only once they have applied and been admitted to the program.

Information about OMIE is available at www.coursera.org/degrees/mastersinnovation- entrepreneurship.