Hi! I’m Laurie.
I used massive open online courses to get a business education equivalent to an MBA - for less than $1000.
Learn how I did it and find out if a No-Pay MBA is right for you.
What I Know About Business Education
In the process of completing an entire MBA education via MOOC I learned three important things:
1 - There is SO MUCH CONTENT available, you can easily get a complete business education without spending much money to do it.
2 - The PEOPLE YOU MEET in your business education are as important, if not more important, than anything you learn in the classroom.
3 - It doesn’t matter how much free content is out there if you don’t actually take the time to study it and to PUT IT INTO PRACTICE right away.
MOOCs are amazing, but…
MOOCs are an incredible source of knowledge, but only a very few will require you to put your skills into practice, and almost none will provide good opportunities to meet people. As the first person to blog about getting a MOOC MBA, I had a special advantage, and most of the connections I made came from having this website, not from my courses.
The No-Pay MBA Network
I created the NO-PAY MBA NETWORK to make it possible for you to get an even better business education than I did, an education equivalent to an MBA, including networking and experiential learning opportunities. The purpose of the network is to:
- Connect you with a community people studying business online, not just the dabblers, but smart, motivated people who are serious about reaching their goals using non-traditional tools.
- Give you opportunities to put your skills into practice, to solidify your learning and provide you with backup when you go to make the case that you have a business education worth taking seriously.
- Keep you motivated to actually finish your education, which surprisingly few people manage to do on their own.
I work with every member to develop a personal learning plan. Network members take courses and work on projects together. We meet monthly by videoconference. In between we stay in touch through a private messaging app.
Membership in the network costs $20 per month and is by application only.
You won’t find anything else like it at a comparable price.
Meet the No-Pay MBA Network
Other tools and resources
Build your free educational portfolio
- Free and open to anyone
- A great way to share your non-traditional education with potential employers
- Chance to be featured in No-Pay MBA’s portfolio gallery
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Get the No-Pay MBA Handbook and Course List
- Totally flexible and always available
- Current Course List with courses available for immediate sign-up
- Includes opportunities to meet other people who are studying business by MOOC
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No-Pay MBA Investment Calculator
- Free investment calculator
- Learn whether an MBA is a good investment - and whether a No-Pay MBA might be better
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The Latest from the Blog
Guest post by career coach Anna Sparks.
Earning an MBA-equivalent through self-study with MOOCs says a lot about you as a job candidate. It says that you are willing to do things creatively. It says that you aren’t confined by traditional ways. It shows that you can get things done even with limited finances. It shows that you are dedicated to finishing a project. These qualities are all incredibly important to most employers in the current market.
Your No-Pay MBA should absolutely be listed under your Education on your resume, but don’t stop there! I want you to let this non-traditional experience shine, highlighting it in your cover letter or in a key qualifications section at the top of your resume.
Let’s explore some strategies for showcasing your No-Pay MBA on your resume and in your cover letter.read more
I continue to find it perplexing that far fewer women than men enroll in MOOCs. It was reported last year that men were 71% of the general population of MOOC users. In computer science courses, the numbers were even more skewed, with women accounting for less than 20% of enrollment. When I started the No-Pay MBA Network, this gender imbalance really hit home. When customers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 were men, I started to wonder what was going on. Finally some women began to sign up, but my clients are still far more likely to be male than female. I’m still scratching my head as to why fewer women than men are using MOOCs. And it’s really starting to bother me.
As a woman who has used MOOCs for career advancement, not just to satisfy an intellectual curiosity (though MOOCs are good for that too), I believe that MOOC education can be particularly good for women. Which is why I find it troubling that so few women are taking advantage of the opportunities for career advancement that free online learning presents. Here is why I believe MOOCs can be a boon to women looking to get ahead in their careers.read more
In many conversations I’ve had with members of the network, the word that seems to best fit what we’re doing is “bootstrapping.” For those less familiar with the American vernacular, “to pull oneself up by one’s own bootstraps” is an expression commonly used to talk about a process of self-betterment undertaken without a lot of outside help.
Pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps is not a new concept; according to Wikipedia, Americans have been using the term since at least the mid-1800s. More recently in business, bootstrapping has come to mean starting a business without external help or capital.
I like to think of the No-Pay MBA Network as a bootstrap model of business school. The members are helping to pull each other up without the external help of an institution. Together, we’re undertaking a process of self-betterment and helping each other to reap the benefits of an MBA education without going thousands of dollars into debt in traditional MBA degree programs. Here’s how we’re doing it.read more