Digital Disruption? Masters Programs Slash Prices to Compete with Online Degrees

Apr 21, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

The Financial Review recently reported that higher priced masters programs in Australia have cut their prices to compete with online masters degrees.

The University of Queensland, the Australian National University, and the University of Adelaide, and Curtin University now offer students to the option to complete 25 percent of a full master's degree through US-based MOOCs provided through edX.  What do students receive?  A MicroMasters. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


What’s a MicroMasters?  Exactly what it sounds like.  A portion of a bigger masters degree.  After students earn one, they can apply to more expensive programs and essentially finish their degree with a 20 percent discount because of the credit they’ve already earned. 

Australian universities aren’t alone.  MIT and Columbia also use edX to offer students a low-priced avenue to earn a master’s degree. 

 

Learn more about earning your master’s degree online

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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