Online Courses Scale Graduate Education

EdX rolls out nine new MOOC-based master’s programs developed by seven universities.

Online Courses Scale Graduate Education, the nonprofit online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT, has launched nine new master’s degree programs. These programs follow a successful pilot with Georgia Institute of Technology in fall 2017, in which the school enrolled 250 students in its online master of science in analytics on the edX platform. In fall of 2018, enrollment grew to more than 1,200. Tuition for Georgia Tech’s online master’s on the edX platform costs just US$10,000. By comparison, tuition for its equivalent residential degree program ranges from $36,000 for instate students to $49,000 for out-of-state students.

The nine new offerings include master’s programs in supply chain management at Arizona State University, marketing at Curtin University, one in analytics and one in cybersecurity at Georgia Tech, one in accounting and one in information technology management at Indiana University, data science at the University of California in San Diego, leadership in service innovation at the University of Queensland, and computer science at the University of Texas at Austin.

Several of these offerings build on edX’s portfolio of smaller MicroMasters programs. Students who complete MicroMasters programs can stack the credential onto either an on-campus or online master’s program.