MOOCs  +Community  +Hands-on learning = An MBA equivalent for under $1000
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Hi! I’m Laurie. I used massive open online courses to get a business education equivalent to an MBA - for less than $1000.

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 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. 

Network members take courses and work on projects together. We meet monthly by videoconference. In between we stay in touch using Slack. Membership in the network costs $219 per year and is by application only. You won’t find anything else like it at a comparable price.

For promotion in my current role at work, an MBA is required / recommended. In addition to demonstrating my knowledge at my company, I have presented my No Pay MBA curriculum to my manager as evidence that I am ready for that next step.

Nick Switzer

No-Pay MBA unwraps education and ties learners’ outcomes to their grit, persistence, hard work, tenacity, and resourcefulness — not their wallets or the amount of time they spend in a classroom. This, I believe, reflects the true spirit of seeking knowledge and putting it to use to improve one’s quality of life.

Nabeel Gillani

Co-founder, Coursolve

No-Pay MBA is becoming a catalyst for people who now recognize that skills are actually more important than a piece of paper. Just as Google and Facebook are happy to hire developers who may not have a formal degree, but stand out on sites such as Stackoverflow and Github, the No-Pay MBA is in a position to make this career path open to business professionals.

Gordon Rogers

Co-founder and President, Edevate

As someone who suffered through a traditional classroom-based MBA program offline, I assure you, No-Pay MBA’s class choices mirror a traditional MBA program. Even the sequence year to year doesn’t look that different from my own. I actually feel a little silly that I shelled out almost $40,000 for my degree, when you can get a MOOC MBA for much less at higher ranked schools!

Bridget Casey

Money After Graduation

Being able to pick and choose which subjects in which order was really exciting. When I knew there was a topic I needed to learn more about, I could start with a few articles, and then add a MOOC whenever the next appropriate course became available.

Greg Widders

Meet the No-Pay MBA Network


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  • A great way to share your non-traditional education with potential employers
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