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370 Online Courses With Real College Credit That You Can Access For Free

10 June 2018

These days, more and more universities are offering for-credit programs via MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. What started with a small number of degree programs, such as the iMBA from the University of Illinois (Coursera) and Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science (Udacity), has given way to dozens of MOOC-based programs that can confer university credit. Many of these new programs are essentially partial degrees, for example, edX’s MicroMasters, which can result in credit amounting to around one semester of a master’s degree. A small number of courses are also the same courses used by on-campus students.
 

The catch (and yes, there is a catch) is that in most cases, in order to convert MOOC coursework into university credit, you have to be enrolled in a program at a university. And that usually means going through an admissions process and paying tuition. Still, it is significant that the general public can audit the very same courses that paying students are taking for credit.
 

Class Central recently made a list of all the courses we could find that are part of for-credit programs and are still free to access. Our search turned up at least 370 courses from 49 different universities, on topics spanning technology, business, the arts, and engineering. Notably, the two-degree MOOC-based degree programs previously mentioned (iMBA and OMSCS) are both available to audit in their entirety.
 

Below is the full list of for-credit MOOCs that you can still access for free.
 

Business (140)

  • Marketing in a Digital World from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★★(162)
  • Digital Analytics for Marketing Professionals: Marketing Analytics in Theory from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★☆(33)
  • Business Strategy from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★★(18)
  • Supply Chain Fundamentals from Massachusetts Institute of Technology ★★★★★(13)
  • Digital Branding and Engagement from Curtin University ★★★☆☆(11)
  • Inspiring and Motivating Individuals from University of Michigan ★★★★★(8)
  • Managerial Accounting: Cost Behaviors, Systems, and Analysis from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★★(7)
  • Operations Management from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★★(7)
  • Managing Talent from University of Michigan ★★★★☆(6)
  • Digital Marketing Channels: The Landscape from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★☆(6)
  • Introduction to Marketing from The University of British Columbia ★★★★★(5)
  • Leading Teams from University of Michigan ★★★★★(4)
  • Social Media Marketing from Boston University ★★★★☆(4)
  • Managerial Accounting: Tools for Facilitating and Guiding Business Decisions from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★☆(3)
  • Foundations of Everyday Leadership from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★☆(3)
  • Supply Chain Analytics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology ★★★★☆(2)
  • Supply Chain Design from Massachusetts Institute of Technology ★★★★★(2)
  • Inferential and Predictive Statistics for Business from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★★(2)
  • Digital Marketing Channels: Planning from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★★(2)
  • Exploring and Producing Data for Business Decision Making from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★★(2)
  • Management and Leadership: Growing as a Manager from The Open University ★★★★★(2)
  • Product Management with Lean, Agile and System Design Thinking from Boston University ★★★★☆(2)
  • Operations Management from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore ★★★★☆(2)
  • Supply Chain Dynamics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology ★★★★★(1)
  • Marketing Analytics: Price and Promotion Analytics from University of California, Berkeley ★☆☆☆☆(1)
  • Marketing Analytics: Marketing Measurement Strategy from University of California, Berkeley ★☆☆☆☆(1)
  • Analytics in Python from Columbia University ★★☆☆☆(1)
  • Global Strategy I: How The Global Economy Works from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★☆☆(1)
  • Corporate Finance I: Measuring and Promoting Value Creation from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★☆(1)
  • Creativity Toolkit I: Changing Perspectives from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★☆(1)
  • Designing the Organization: From Strategy to Organizational Structure from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★★(1)
  • Process Improvement from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★★(1)
  • Applications of Everyday Leadership from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★★(1)
  • Strategic Innovation: Building and Sustaining Innovative Organizations from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★★(1)
  • Managing the Organization: From Organizational Design to Execution from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★★(1)
  • Digital Transformation Strategy from Boston University ★☆☆☆☆(1)
  • Platform Strategy for Business from Boston University ★★★★★(1)
  • Evidence-Based Practice in Management from Australian National University ★★★★☆(1)
  • Supply Chains and Manufacturing Systems: Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Supply Chain Technology and Systems from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Manufacturing Systems Analysis from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Topics in Engineering Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Supply Chains and Manufacturing Systems: Design from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Marketing Analytics: Products, Distribution and Sales from University of California, Berkeley
  • Marketing Analytics: Competitive Analysis and Market Segmentation from University of California, Berkeley
  • Marketing Analytics from Columbia University
  • Demand and Supply Analytics from Columbia University
  • Introduction to Corporate Finance from Columbia University
  • Corporate Strategy from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Corporate Finance II: Financing Investments and Managing Risk from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Financial Accounting: Foundations from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Financial Accounting: Advanced Topics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Investments I: Fundamentals of Performance Evaluation from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Investments II: Lessons and Applications for Investors from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Marketing Management I from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Accounting Analysis II: Accounting for Liabilities and Equity from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Accounting Analysis II: Measurement and Disclosure of Liabilities from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Global Impact: Cultural Psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Accounting Analysis I: Measurement and Disclosure of Assets from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Marketing Management II from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Accounting Analysis I: The Role of Accounting as an Information System from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Marketing in an Analog World from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Strategic Innovation: Managing Innovation Initiatives from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Sustainable Innovation for Subsistence Marketplaces from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Global Impact: Business Ethics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Entrepreneurship II: Practices and Approaches from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Global Strategy II: Doing Business in The Global Economy from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Sustainable Business Enterprises from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Entrepreneurship I: Principles and Concepts from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • The Digital Economy: Finance for Business Growth from The Open University
  • The Digital Economy: Selling Through Customer Insight from The Open University
  • Management and Leadership: Leading a Team from The Open University
  • The Digital Economy: Success through Market Segmentation from The Open University
  • Management and Leadership: Well-being and Welfare at Work from The Open University
  • Management and Leadership: Planning Your Personal Development from The Open University
  • Business Fundamentals: Customer Engagement from The Open University
  • Finance Fundamentals: Managing the Household Balance Sheet from The Open University
  • Finance Fundamentals: Investment Theory and Practice from The Open University
  • Business Fundamentals: Project Management from The Open University
  • The Digital Economy: Effective Supply Chain Management from The Open University
  • Finance Fundamentals: Financial Services after the Banking Crisis from The Open University
  • Finance Fundamentals: Financial Planning and Budgeting from The Open University
  • Business Analytics for Data-Driven Decision Making from Boston University
  • Driving Digital Innovation through Experimentation from Boston University
  • Leading in the Digital Age from Boston University
  • Introduction to Accounting from The University of British Columbia
  • Business Foundations from The University of British Columbia
  • Organizational Behaviour from The University of British Columbia
  • Communicating in a Global Context from Arizona State University
  • Managing People from a Global Perspective from Arizona State University
  • States and Markets in the Global Economy from Arizona State University
  • Global Marketing Strategy from Arizona State University
  • Leading in a Complex Environment from University of Queensland
  • Leaders in Global Development from University of Queensland
  • Leading High-Performing Teams from University of Queensland
  • Leading the Organization from University of Queensland
  • Becoming an Effective Leader from University of Queensland
  • Innovation: From Plan to Product from University of Queensland
  • People Management for Entrepreneurs from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
  • Entrepreneurship: DO Your Venture from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
  • Accounting and Finance from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
  • Corporate Finance from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
  • Marketing Management from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
  • People Management from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
  • Accounting for Decision-Making from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
  • Strategic Management from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
  • Adaptive Leadership in Development from Queensland University of Technology
  • Evidence-Based Global Management from Australian National University
  • Evidence-Based Stakeholder Marketing from Australian National University
  • Evidence-Based Technology Management from Australian National University
  • Evidence-Based Management Foundations from Australian National University
  • Evidence-Based Project Management from Australian National University
  • Financial Management in Organizations from University System of Maryland
  • Financial Decision Making from University System of Maryland
  • Financial Accounting for Corporations from University System of Maryland
  • International Project Management from Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Best Practices for Project Management Success from Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Project Management Life Cycle from Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Circular Economy from Wageningen University
  • Reputation Management in a Digital World from Curtin University
  • Strategic Brand Management from Curtin University
  • Online Marketing Strategies from Curtin University
  • Buyer Behaviour and Analysis from Curtin University
  • Strategic Management: From Intuition to Insight from RWTH Aachen University
  • Thinking & Acting like an Entrepreneur from RWTH Aachen University
  • Innovation & Creativity Management from RWTH Aachen University
  • Customer-Centric Innovation from RWTH Aachen University
  • Strategic Management: From Insight to Decision from RWTH Aachen University
  • Managing Disruptive Change from RWTH Aachen University
  • Competitive Advantage: Using Information to Build Business Success from Deakin University
  • What Influences Property Values? from Deakin University
  • What Is Leadership? from Deakin University
  • Hospitality and Tourism Technology and Innovation from Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Luxury Management from Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Managing Marketing in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry from Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Managing Human Resources in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry from Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Financial Planning for Creative Careers from Columbus College of Art & Design
  • Global Issues in the Construction Industry from Coventry University
  • The Global Business Environment: Evolution and Dynamics from Coventry University
  • Business Model Thinking from Coventry University


Computer Science (55)

  • Creative Applications of Deep Learning with Tensor Flow ★★★★★ (43)
  • Cloud Computing Concepts, Part 1 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★☆☆(21)
  • Machine Learning for Trading from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★☆☆(13)
  • Text Retrieval and Search Engines from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★☆☆(13)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) from Columbia University ★★★★☆(9)
  • Reinforcement Learning from Brown University ★★★☆☆(7)
  • Cloud Computing Applications, Part 1: Cloud Systems and Infrastructure from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★☆☆(7)
  • Introduction to Computer Vision from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★★★(6)
  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals from Rochester Institute of Technology ★★★★★(6)
  • Machine Learning from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★★★(5)
  • Computer Networking from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★★☆(5)
  • Cloud Computing Concepts: Part 2 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★★(5)
  • Advanced Operating Systems from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★★★(4)
  • Machine Learning from Columbia University ★★★★★(4)
  • Cloud Networking from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★☆(4)
  • Intro to Information Security from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★☆☆☆(2)
  • Introduction to Operating Systems from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★★★(2)
  • Introduction to Computing using Python from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★★★(2)
  • How to Code: Simple Data from The University of British Columbia ★★★★★(2)
  • Computational Photography from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★★☆(1)
  • Computability, Complexity & Algorithms from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★★★(1)
  • High Performance Computer Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★★★(1)
  • Knowledge-Based AI: Cognitive Systems from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★☆☆(1)
  • Software Architecture & Design from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★★★(1)
  • Animation and CGI Motion from Columbia University ★★★☆☆(1)
  • Cloud Computing Applications, Part 2: Big Data and Applications in the Cloud from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★☆(1)
  • How to Code: Complex Data from The University of British Columbia ★★★★★(1)
  • High Performance Computing from Georgia Institute of Technology
  • GT – Refresher – Advanced OS from Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Cyber-Physical Systems Security from Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Compilers: Theory and Practice from Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Artificial Intelligence from Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Network Security from Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Algorithmic Design and Techniques from University of California, San Diego
  • Machine Learning Fundamentals from University of California, San Diego
  • Data Structures Fundamentals from University of California, San Diego
  • Graph Algorithms from University of California, San Diego
  • String Processing and Pattern Matching Algorithms from University of California, San Diego
  • Software Construction: Object-Oriented Design from The University of British Columbia
  • Software Engineering: Introduction from The University of British Columbia
  • Software Construction: Data Abstraction from The University of British Columbia
  • Cloud Computing Security from University System of Maryland
  • Cloud Computing for Enterprises from University System of Maryland
  • Formal Software Verification from University System of Maryland
  • Cybersecurity Risk Management from Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Network Security from Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Computer Forensics from Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy in the IoT from Curtin University
  • Introduction to the Internet of Things (IoT) from Curtin University
  • IoT Sensors and Devices from Curtin University
  • IoT Networks and Protocols from Curtin University
  • Cyber Security for Small and Medium Enterprises: Identifying Threats and Preventing Attacks from Deakin University
  • Decision-Making for Autonomous Systems from Chalmers University of Technology
  • Multi-Object Tracking for Automotive Systems from Chalmers University of Technology
  • Sensor Fusion and Non-linear Filtering for Automotive Systems from Chalmers University of Technology
     

Data Science (28)

  • Python for Data Science from University of California, San Diego ★★★★★(39)
  • Digital Analytics for Marketing Professionals: Marketing Analytics in Practice from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★☆(21)
  • Pattern Discovery in Data Mining from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★☆☆☆(20)
  • Data Visualization from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★☆☆(19)
  • Text Mining and Analytics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★☆(9)
  • Cluster Analysis in Data Mining from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★☆☆☆(6)
  • GT Introduction to Analytics Modeling from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★★☆(3)
  • Computing for Data Analysis from Georgia Institute of Technology ★★★☆☆(2)
  • Statistics and Probability in Data Science using Python from University of California, San Diego ★★★☆☆(2)
  • The Genomics Era: the Future of Genetics in Medicine from St. George’s University ★★★★☆(1)
  • Health Informatics in the Cloud from Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Data Analytics for Business from Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Data Analysis and Visualization from Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Big Data Analytics in Healthcare from Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Data, Models and Decisions in Business Analytics from Columbia University
  • Graph Algorithms in Genome Sequencing from University of California, San Diego
  • Dynamic Programming: Applications In Machine Learning and Genomics from University of California, San Diego
  • Big Data Analytics Using Spark from University of California, San Diego
  • DNA Sequences: Alignments and Analysis from University System of Maryland
  • Proteins: Alignment, Analysis and Structure from University System of Maryland
  • Statistical Analysis in Bioinformatics from University System of Maryland
  • Computational Thinking and Big Data from University of Adelaide
  • Programming for Data Science from University of Adelaide
  • Big Data Analytics from University of Adelaide
  • Big Data Fundamentals from University of Adelaide
  • IoT Programming and Big Data from Curtin University
  • Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics: Molecular Techniques from St George’s, University of London
  • Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics: Next Generation Sequencing from St George’s, University of London


Art & Design (35)

  • Introduction to Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists from California Institute of the Arts ★★★★★(28)
  • Sound Production in Ableton Live for Musicians and Artists from California Institute of the Arts ★★★★★(25)
  • Graphic Design History: An Introduction from Maryland Institute College of Art ★★★★★(8)
  • Sound Synthesis Using Reaktor from California Institute of the Arts ★★★★★(6)
  • Charting the Avant-Garde: from Romanticism to Utopic Abstraction from School of the Art Institute of Chicago ★★★★★(3)
  • Generative Art and Computational Creativity from Simon Fraser University ★★★★★(2)
  • Introduction to User Experience from University of Michigan ★★★★☆(1)
  • Evaluating Designs with Users from University of Michigan
  • UX Design: From Concept to Wireframe from University of Michigan
  • Principles of Designing for Humans from University of Michigan
  • Understanding User Needs from University of Michigan
  • UX Research Surveys from University of Michigan
  • UX Research at Scale: Analytics and Online Experiments from University of Michigan
  • UX Design: From Wireframe to Prototype from University of Michigan
  • Human-Computer Interaction from Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Piano I: Introduction to the Piano & Staff from Arizona State University
  • Piano II: Focus on Reading from Arizona State University
  • Idea Development: Create and Implement Innovative Ideas from University of Queensland
  • Creating and Sustaining an Innovation Culture from University of Queensland
  • Design Thinking and Creativity for Innovation from University of Queensland
  • Design Thinking: Prototyping and User Testing from Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Design Thinking: Ideation, Iteration and Communication from Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Design Thinking: Empathizing to Understand the Problem from Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Design Thinking Fundamentals from Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Custom Handlettering from School of Visual Arts
  • Working with Motion & Time from School of Visual Arts
  • Camera Essentials from School of Visual Arts
  • The Practical History of Typography from School of Visual Arts
  • Making Meaning: An Introduction to Designing Objects, Part I from School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • North Indian Classical Music I: Fundamental Elements from Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Digital Drawings: Points, Lines, Curves from University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Exploring the Mixed Reality Landscape from Pacific Northwest College of Art
  • Cardin to Castelbajac: Style in French Fashion from Paris College of Art
  • Introduction to Motion Design: Animated GIFs from Ringling College of Art + Design
  • Introduction to Digital Fabrication and Technical Design
     

Engineering (23)

  • Artificial Intelligence for Robotics from Stanford University ★★★★★(21)
  • Circuits and Electronics 1: Basic Circuit Analysis from Massachusetts Institute of Technology ★★★★★(14)
  • Circuits and Electronics 3: Applications from Massachusetts Institute of Technology ★★★★★(4)
  • Circuits and Electronics 2: Amplification, Speed, and Delay from Massachusetts Institute of Technology ★★★★★(2)
  • Manufacturing Process Control: Variation Modelling and Control from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Practices in Engineering Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Introduction to Manufacturing Systems from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Manufacturing Process Control: Process Modeling and Optimization from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Robotics: Kinematics and Mathematical Foundations from University of Pennsylvania
  • Robotics: Vision Intelligence and Machine Learning from University of Pennsylvania
  • Robotics: Dynamics and Control from University of Pennsylvania
  • Robotics: Locomotion Engineering from University of Pennsylvania
  • Embedded Systems from Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Robotics from Columbia University
  • Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Technologies from Delft University of Technology
  • Solar Energy: Integration of Photovoltaic Systems in Microgrids from Delft University of Technology
  • Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Systems from Delft University of Technology
  • Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Conversion from Delft University of Technology
  • Electric and Conventional Vehicles from Chalmers University of Technology
  • Hybrid Vehicles from Chalmers University of Technology
  • Road Traffic Safety in Automotive Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology
  • Model-Based Automotive Systems Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology
  • Introduction to Building Information Modelling from Coventry University
     

Social Sciences (33)

  • International Law
  • Firm Level Economics: Markets and Allocations from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★★(2)
  • Firm Level Economics: Consumer and Producer Behavior from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★★(1)
  • Country Level Economics: Policies, Institutions, and Macroeconomic Performance from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ★★★★★(1)
  • International Human Rights Law from Université catholique de Louvain ★★★★★(1)
  • Global Studies: Risks and Threats in International Relations from Grenoble School of Management ★☆☆☆☆(1)
  • International Investment Law from Université catholique de Louvain ★☆☆☆☆(1)
  • International Humanitarian Law from Université catholique de Louvain ★★★★★(1)
  • Social Work Practice in Community Organization, Management and Policy/Evaluation from University of Michigan
  • Social Work Practice: Advocating Social Justice and Change from University of Michigan
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Small Groups from University of Michigan
  • Social Work: Research from University of Michigan
  • Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work from University of Michigan
  • Federal Taxation I: Individuals, Employees, and Sole Proprietors from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Federal Taxation II: Property Transactions of Business Owners and Shareholders from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Country Level Economics: Macroeconomic Variables and Markets from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Taxation of Business Entities II: Pass-Through Entities from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Taxation of Business Entities I: Corporations from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Critical Development Perspectives from University of Queensland
  • Long-term Financial Management from University System of Maryland
  • Human Rights and Development from Curtin University
  • Human Rights Activism, Advocacy and Change from Curtin University
  • Human Rights Theory and Philosophy from Curtin University
  • Introduction to Psychology: The Psychology of Learning from Monash University
  • Introduction to Psychology: Sensation and Perception from Monash University