Curriculum

Laurie's No-Pay MBA Transcript

I used massive open online courses (MOOCs) from platforms like Coursera and edX to get a business education equivalent to an MBA - for less than 1/100th the cost of a traditional MBA. My program of study was self directed, and it didn’t result in a degree, but it did give me a solid grounding in business concepts and skills.

Below is a transcript of the courses I took as part of my studies. If you are contemplating doing a No-Pay MBA, you will get the best results by following the recommendations in my book Don’t Pay For Your MBA.

Introduction to Financial Accounting

Topics covered
Balance statements, income statements, cash flows, accrual accounting, securities, debt, ratio analysis, shareholders equity

Blog posts
A Practical Education, How to Make a Good MOOC

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business

Provider: Coursera
Professor: Brian Bushee

Corporate Finance

Topics covered
Betas, hurdle rates, return on investment, net present value, debt and equity, dividends

Blog posts
Intro to Corporate Finance, NPV of the No-Pay MBA

New York University, Stern School of Business

New York University, Stern School of Business

Provider: iTunesU
Professor: Aswath Damodaran

An Introduction to Operations Management

Topics covered
Process analysis, productivity, variety, six sigma

Blog posts
7 Sources of Waste - in Last Night’s Dinner

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business

Provider: Coursera
Professor: Christian Terwiesch

International Organizations Management

Topics covered
Context for international organizations, public-private partnerships, the UN system, marketing and fundraising

Blog posts
Why I’m glad I stuck with my least favorite course

Université de Genève

Université de Genève

Provider: Coursera
Professor: Various

Project Management Skills for All Careers

Topics covered
Visual project management, scheduling, scope, budgeting and cost management

Blog posts
Project management: A love story

University: none

Provider: Canvas Network
Professor: Various

New Models of Business in Society

Topics covered
Corporate philanthropy, creating value for stakeholders, social enterprise, environment

Blog posts
New Models of Business in Society, Work/Life Balance, and Personal Productivity

University of Virginia, Darden School of Business

Provider: Coursera
Professor: R. Edward Freeman

How to Build a Startup

Topics covered
Business model and customer development, business model canvas, segmentation, marketing and sales channels, revenue models

Blog posts
Udacity: How to Build a Startup, The Best MOOC for Entrepreneurs

University: none

Provider: Udacity
Professor: Steve Blank

Financial Markets

Topics covered
Principles of risk management; efficient markets; debt versus equity; real estate; forward, futures, and options markets; financial infrastructure

Blog posts
MOOC with Rock Star Professor Comes with the Frustrations of the Classroom

Yale University

Provider: Coursera
Professor: Robert Shiller

Human Resources

Topics covered
Role of HR, workplace learning, hiring, emerging issues in HR

University of Virginia, Darden School of Business

Provider: Open2Study
Professor: Christina Dahdal

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business

Provider: Coursera
Professor: David Bell, Peter Fader, Barbara E. Kahn

Foundations of Business Strategy

Topics covered
Strategic analysis, Five Forces Analysis, firm capabilities, competitive positioning

Blog posts
Yes, you can learn to do strategic analysis online

University of Virginia, Darden School of Business

Provider: Coursera
Professor: Michael J. Lenox

Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills

Topics covered
Negotiation strategy, negotiation tactics, creating a contract, arbitration, mediation

Blog posts
Highlights of Fall Semester 2014

University of Michigan

Provider: Coursera
Professor: George Siedel

University: none

Provider: Udemy
Professor: Chris Haroun

My Concentration Courses in Entrepreneurship

In the second year of my studies, I chose a concentration in entrepreneurship. This blog post explains how I made my decision and how you can choose an MBA concentration.

Provider:
Professor:

Subsistence Marketplaces

Topics covered
Understanding subsistence marketplaces, entrepreneurs in subsistence market places, research methods, product development

Blog posts
Product Development from the Bottom (of the Pyramid) Up

University of Illinois

Provider: Coursera
Professor: Madhu Viswanathan

Case Western Reserve University

Provider: Coursera
Professor: Michael Goldberg

Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer?

Topics covered
Identifying and interviewing prospective customers, selecting the right customers for your business

Blog posts
No-Pay MBA 2.0 Is Coming

MITx, Sloan School of Management

Provider: edX
Professor: Bill Aulet

Entrepreneurship 102: What can you do for your customer?

Topics covered
Creating a great product, solving customers’ problems

Blog posts
Coming to a MOOC Near You

MITx, Sloan School of Management

Provider: edX
Professor: Bill Aulet

How to Finance and Grow Your Startup – Without VC

Topics covered
Startups, finance, venture capital

London Business School

Provider: Coursera
Professor: John Mullins

Digital Africa: Platform Management, Strategy, and Innovation

Topics covered
Two-sided marketplaces, African innovation, startups

The Center for Global Enterprise

Provider: NovoEd
Professor: Multiple professors from University of Lagos, MIT, Dartmouth, etc.

Social Psychology

Topics covered
Social perceptions and misperceptions, the psychology of self-presentation and persuasion, group behavior, conflict and peace-making

Blog posts
Customizability and immediacy: two more benefits of the MOOC MBA

Wesleyan University

Provider: Coursera
Professor: Scott Plous

Supply Chain and Logistics Fundamentals

Topics covered
Demand Forecasting, Planning, and Management; Inventory Planning, Management, and Control; and Transportation Planning, Management, and Execution

Blog posts
Highlights of Fall Semester 2014

MIT

Provider: edX
Professor: Chris Caplice

Evaluating Social Programs

Topics covered
Randomized evaluations,  sampling, validity

MIT

Provider: edX
Professor: Rachel Glennerster, Marc Shotland

Organizational Analysis

Topics covered
Organizational decision-making, organizational learning and intelligence, organizational culture and legitimacy, organizational ecology

Stanford University

Provider: Coursera
Professor: Daniel A. McFarland

Critical Perspectives on Management

Topics covered
Innovation, narrative, shareholder value

Blog posts
How to Learn Management

IE Business School

Provider: Coursera
Professor: Rolf Strom-Olsen

University of Michigan

Provider: Coursera
Professor: George Siedel

Learning How to Learn

Topics covered
Techniques for learning anything

University of California, San Diego

Provider: Coursera
Professor: Barbara Oakley and Terry Sejnowski

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