The First Truly Free MBA Degree

The First Truly Free MBA Degree

Folks, hang onto your hats. The free MBA has finally arrived. Over the past several years we’ve seen a variety of business education options tailored toward price-sensitive students. Starting around 2012, MOOCs made it possible to get a top-tier business education for free, minus the degree of course. (That, of course, was the goal that launched this website.)

Last year, the University of Illinois launched its iMBA, a MOOC-based MBA degree for $20,000 – still a big chunk of change but much more affordable than a typical top-25 MBA program. Then, earlier this year the University of the People introduced a “tuition-free” MBA, though students still need to pay about $2,000 in testing fees to get the credential.

But, a new provider, Smartly, has done them all one better. Smartly is offering the first truly free MBA degree. Not a scholarship, not free-to-audit, but a fully free business education resulting in an MBA degree. Learn more about it in this blog post.

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Paying It Forward: How A Social Impact Entrepreneur Got a Business Education That Helps Her Make a Difference

Paying It Forward: How A Social Impact Entrepreneur Got a Business Education That Helps Her Make a Difference

Three years ago, Hillary Strobel ditched a dead-end job to follow a childhood dream of creating a publishing company that could share inspiring stories. When she took that leap, she had some publishing experience but no training on how to run a business. So Hillary used MOOCs and a variety of other online resources to pursue the business education that could turn her dream into a reality. As one of the inaugural members of the No-Pay MBA Network, she has earned a world-class business education and built a global network.

Today, she runs The Flyways, a Social Impact Publishing house and a registered Benefit Corporation, which donates 25% of profits to social justice causes around the world. On the side, Hillary provides consulting services to other business owners looking to develop their own social impact programs.

Find out what Hillary had to say about her No-Pay MBA experience.

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Which of the 7 Types of Business Student Are You?

Which of the 7 Types of Business Student Are You?

When I first started the No-Pay MBA website – and my quest to get a business education with free tools – it was all about replicating the full MBA, course for course, internship for internship. I wasn’t interested in anything less than the complete MBA experience.

But in working with business students through the No-Pay MBA Network, I’ve seen people approach their business educations in a variety of different ways. While there certainly are people who can benefit from the deluxe business school curriculum, it is no longer the only approach I recommend. In fact, I’ve seen people experience career-changing benefits just from taking a single course.

Through this work and my conversations with independent business students, I’ve identified at least seven different approaches to business education. Figure out which type you are and get targeted recommendations on how to study.

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Meet the Silicon Valley VC Who Squeezed An Entire MBA Into One Course

Meet the Silicon Valley VC Who Squeezed An Entire MBA Into One Course

For obvious reasons, when I learned about a resource promising to be An Entire MBA in One Course, I had to check it out. The course, created by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Chris Haroun, is also one of the most popular business courses on Udemy. I recently caught up with Chris Haroun to ask him a few questions about business education, career management, and his experience teaching one of the most popular business courses on Udemy.

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Your Summer Business Reading List

Your Summer Business Reading List

To construct my self-directed business education, I’ve relied on a variety of resources. MOOCs and online courses have been the backbone of my studies, of course, but I’ve also learned many valuable lessons by reading business books.

As folks in the northern hemisphere head into summer, I thought it would be nice to recommend a few of my recent favorites. If you’re in need of some good beach reading, look no further!

Here are some of the most enlightening and thought-provoking business books I’ve read in the past year.

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MOOC Motivation Hacks: 30 Tips and Tricks to Keep You On Task

MOOC Motivation Hacks: 30 Tips and Tricks to Keep You On Task

We’ve all been there. You’ve signed up for an online class that you’re super psyched about. You’re finally going to learn to code, or there’s a new design program you’re going to master. Perhaps like me, you’ve got one more finance class to take before you’ll feel fully finished with your MOOC-based business education. But you keep putting it off.

Perhaps you manage to log into the course and get started, but halfway through the first video lecture, you notice that a new email has arrived in your inbox or someone has PM’ed you on Facebook. Before you know it, you’ve been sucked into the vortex we call the internet, the video lecture is over, and you have no idea what the professor said. Sound familiar? I know it does.

Recently, I asked the No-Pay MBA community to help compile a definitive list of all the tips, tricks, and hacks that they use to stay on task while studying online. Here is what we came up with.

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