Studying Business Online? Your Credential Options

Studying Business Online? Your Credential Options

We’ve continued to see a proliferation of new business credentials that you can earn through online study, ranging from certificates for single courses to U-IL’s iMBA, with a lot of new options in between. While most of these credentials don’t enjoy the same level of recognition as a full-scale MBA, there is reason to believe that some form of credentialing could be valuable in the job search. And at a price many thousands of dollars less than a traditional MBA, the cost-to-value of these new credentials has the potential to be quite high. Here is a rundown of the current options for both degree and non-degree credentials when studying business online, in ascending order of cost.

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The MBA Alternative for Small Business Owners

The MBA Alternative for Small Business Owners

If you currently run or have ever wanted to start your own business, but you don’t have a business background, you may be wondering whether you could benefit from an MBA education. If money were no object, the answer would most certainly be yes. But with tuition soaring into the stratosphere, a business degree is not always a business owner’s best bet. Fortunately, there is an alternative.

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5 Strategies to Advance Your Career With MOOCs

5 Strategies to Advance Your Career With MOOCs

It’s official. Your MOOC coursework can improve your career. Last year, the Harvard Business Review reported on a survey of MOOC learners. Over 30% of those surveyed had experienced tangible career improvement as a result of their coursework, with 26% reporting that they had gotten a new job as a result of studying by MOOC. Others reported promotions, pay increases, and starting their own businesses. A whopping 85% of respondents said that they had experienced some kind of career benefit from having taken one or more MOOCs. Here are five strategies for using your MOOC education to get ahead.

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I GOT A BOOK DEAL!!!!

I GOT A BOOK DEAL!!!!

When I started my MOOC MBA journey three years ago, I could never have predicted where this experiment in self-directed learning would take me. Now, I’m starting a new adventure, writing a full-length book for a major business book publisher. Learn more about the book and about how you can get involved in the launch.

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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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