Free First-Year MBA Online Courses from Wharton

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has put their first-year MBA courses on the online learning platform Coursera for free. This new system will potentially save prospective students upwards of $200,000 on tuition and other related expenses, as well as two years worth of time needed to spend at Wharton.

Though some may be skeptical about the quality of these courses, and some of those worries may be true due to the fact that the free courses will not provide the full Wharton on-campus experience (internship, career services, alumni network, etc.), Wharton has stated that the courses themselves are direct duplicates of the actual on-campus courses. This means that those who attend these MOOCs are studying genuine first-year MBA coursework from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Professors from the school are also using these MOOCs in conjunction with their face-to-face classwork, in an effort to practice “flipping” the classroom. Prior to attending class, students are told to go watch the lessons online and read up on the content for that day. The courses are also using prerecorded lectures and other interactive features, including discussion boards, to enhance the online/hybrid learning experience for on-campus and off-campus students.

Even though students, who are eligible in all four courses in Wharton’s MBA program, can receive a verified electronic certificate of completion for a $49 fee, Wharton will not accept these certificates for course credit. However, students can use the knowledge learned from these MOOCs to “test out” of certain required courses in the program.

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