Online Courses Scale Graduate Education
EdX.org, 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.