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Here’s how a No-Pay MBA works
Take courses from top business programs
You’ll choose your courses from the No-Pay MBA course list, which is composed of massive open online courses (MOOCs) from leading business schools. You can take most, if not all, of your courses completely free of charge.
Study at your own pace
A No-Pay MBA can be fit into a busy schedule. Take courses at a pace that works for you. By studying part time, you can easily finish the program in two years.
Does this sound like you?
“I would like to move into a management role, and I need a more solid foundation in business in order to do that. “
“I’m competing with MBAs for jobs. I have great experience, but I need the knowledge and confidence a business education will provide me.”
“I run my own business. I am looking to improve my business skills, but a traditional MBA costs too much time and money.”
“I’m good at my job, but having a business ‘vocabulary’ would help me to interact with people at an executive level.”
“I didn’t study business in college, but now I think an understanding of business concepts could help me advance in my career. I’m looking for a way to distinguish myself from other people in my field.”
“I have considered going to a regular MBA program - more than once - but I’ve always been scared off by the price. I’m not sure the investment would pay off for me.”
You may be a good candidate for a No-Pay MBA if…
You already have at least a bachelor’s degree.
You have several years of work experience and are currently working.
You are not interested in going back to school full time. You didn’t study business at college or university, but you have often wondered if you should have.
Knowing what you know now, if you were given the chance to go back in time, you would probably be a business major. Going forward, however, it doesn’t seem worth the money or the time to stop working and do it now.
Your primary interest is in understanding business concepts and learning a new set of skills, not necessarily in having another degree.
You work or plan to work in a field that is not dominated by MBAs. You don’t plan to move into a field in which an MBA degree is an absolute requirement (i.e. Wall Street finance, business consulting).
You are highly self motivated.
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Meet Laurie Pickard, No-Pay MBA Founder
“Laurie Pickard’s gamble to earn an MBA entirely out of MOOCs is paying off—and not just because she saved six figures by forgoing a traditional degree. As the blogger behind The No-Pay MBA, which chronicles her journey through the B-school curriculum, Pickard has become a household name in the MOOC (massive open online course) world.”
-“How to get an MBA education for less than $1000,”Fortune, March 16 2015
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What People Are Saying
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.
The possibility of doing a no or low cost MBA will open up doors for many people who want to move into new careers. This program helps to deliver on one of the initial promises that MOOC enthusiasts like myself were so fond of, but which hasn’t come to enough fruition yet: giving access to higher education for those who didn’t have that before.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Latest from the Blog
Many people will tell you that the business school network is just as valuable – if not more so – than the content covered in business school courses. I would never be so cynical as to suggest that the coursework itself is not highly valuable – without it I wouldn’t have even known where to begin when starting my own business. But I also believe the conventional wisdom that suggests that by studying on my own I’ve missed out on something very important.
Which is why I’ve set out to create a place on the web where future generations of MOOC business students can experience the social element of learning that I wish I had had during my own business studies. Today I am launching a set of new tools and services to give you both a template for structuring your own DIY business studies and a place to connect with people all over the world who share your goals.read more
Up to now, MOOC business students haven’t had a lot of great options when it comes to showing their work in an educational portfolio. In my opinion, until now the only good option available for creating a MOOC educational portfolio was to make your own website, which is time-consuming and expensive, and involves a steep learning curve if you aren’t already website savvy.
But that’s changing today.
I’ve spent the past several months creating an area on this site where anyone in the world can catalogue and display the skills they are building through online coursework. Starting today, you can create your educational portfolio on No-Pay MBA. When I created the portfolio feature on No-Pay MBA, I set out to create the best place on the web for MOOC students to showcase their studies. You can be the judge of whether I’ve achieved that goal.read more
We all know that credentials (degrees in particular) are an absolute requirement to get certain jobs. But do they have to be? Can a portfolio ever win out over a credential? And what happens when Coursera completely gets rid of Statements of Accomplishment? Will MOOC students be obliged to pay for verified certificates in order for the courses to “count”?
Recently a reader of my blog sent me a link to a forum where a fascinating debate was taking place, spurred by the news that Coursera is phasing out its free Statements of Accomplishment for people who complete MOOCs. This debate crystallized around the question of whether credentials – not just MOOC credentials, but credentials in general – were worth anything.
In this article, I’ll explore credentials – what they are, what role they play in the marketplace, and whether it might possible to capture value from non-credentialed education.read more