EdX Adds Stacked Degree in Supply Chain Management

New offering is the latest that provides students with pathways from stackable courses to full master’s degrees.

EdX, THE ONLINE educational platform developed by Harvard University in Boston and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, has added a new master’s degree in supply chain management, which it will deliver in partnership with MIT and Arizona State University in Tempe.

To earn the degree, students must first complete the MicroMasters program in supply chain management offered through the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics; those who wish to continue must apply and be admitted to complete the full master’s degree in ASU’s online program. Learners can transition from the short program to ASU’s online master’s program without leaving the edX platform.

The new degree option joins ten other master’s degree programs that students can pursue after completing one of edX’s stackable credentials, called MicroMasters. Each MicroMasters program comprises a series of graduate-level courses. This particular offering, however, is the first time that two separate institutions have partnered to deliver a stackable degree program available entirely on the edX platform, according to coordinators.

Students pay US$1,080 to enroll in the MicroMasters program. They then pay an additional $18,000 to continue into ASU’s online master’s program.

“We believe there will be many students who are eager to dive deeper after their MicroMasters program,” says Amy Hillman, dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU.

The MIT Supply Chain Management MicroMasters program now offers learners pathways to completing a master’s degree at 21 institutions. The addition reflects a growing trend in higher ed, says Krishna Rajagopal, dean for digital learning at MIT Open Learning. It is a trend in which educational providers are creating program options that offer learners “increased access to higher education and career advancement opportunities in a flexible, affordable manner.”