The 10 best Coursera online master's degree programs – Business Insider


A leading-edge research firm focused on digital transformation.
Subscriber since
When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.
When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.
Coursera is probably best known for its free course options, from a Yale psychology class on how to be happy to an immensely popular Stanford machine learning course. It also offers short-term certificate programs from companies like Google and IBM.
But it also has master’s degree programs — remote, accessible, and comparatively more affordable routes to what are often the same classes, faculty, and degrees offered to on-campus students.  
Below, you’ll find 10 popular Coursera master’s programs, which range from electrical engineering to public health. Keep in mind that application deadlines span from May 30 to August 31, 2021. 
Price: $2,500 per course + $140 USD fee
Length: 16-40 months
Deadline to apply: October 1, 2021
One of the top schools in the world, University of Pennsylvania offers a completely online Master of Computer and Information Technology degree. The MCIT Online program is tailored for non-computer science majors and prepares students for roles in finance, healthcare, education, and government, as well as the core software development industry.
Students come from diverse disciplines (history, chemistry, medicine) and graduates have earned jobs at tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Bloomberg, and more.
Price: $21,744 
Length: 2-3 years
Deadline to apply: July 1, 2021
The iMBA program gives online students the same MBA degree as on-campus students. Students web conference into live classrooms, conduct team projects, and interact with professors during virtual office hours to complete 18 courses and three capstone projects. 
Students hail from more than 90 countries and 48 US states, leading to diverse perspectives and a global network. 
Price: $31,688 – $42,262
Length: 1-3 years 
Deadline to apply: June 1, 2021
The University of Michigan’s Applied Data Science master’s degree program comes from one of the top 10 information studies programs and blends classroom learning with hands-on projects. S
Students learn to master core data science concepts (machine learning, natural language processing) and explore timely topics such as privacy, data ethics, and persuasive communication.
Price: $10,872
Length: 1 year
Deadline to apply: July 1, 2021
The iMSM is a nine-course, completely online master’s degree in management. The University of Illinois says it gives students the same education from the same faculty as its on-campus students. 
The core covers the foundational management classes (leadership and teams, marketing management, strategic management, and more) on top of accounting and finance classes. From there, students can customize their degree with elective courses in global business, business challenges, and data-driven decision-making and communication. 
Price: AUD $33,000
Length: 14-32 months
Deadline to enroll: June 7, 2021
This intentionally global MBA program builds your expertise in traditional foundation topics — marketing, accounting, and more — as well as developing unique, future-focused skills that will help you stand out and succeed in the future.
Students hone skills in strategy, leadership, analysis, and problem-solving using real-world issues from industry partners who help develop each course. 
Please note the following price is in AUD. 
Price: $20,010 
Length: 2 years
Deadline to enroll: June 11, 2021
The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder is completely online and flexible. Students can take an individual course in the program to build a professional skill or a fraction of the courses to earn a graduate certificate.
To earn the full master’s degree, students get to complete their choice of 30-credit hours. They can choose from over 30 elective courses in key areas: power electronics, embedded systems, photonics and optics, controls and communications, electromagnetics, and computer engineering. 
Admission to the program is based on performance, so no formal application is required to begin. You just need to successfully complete one “Pathway Specialization” in order to be officially admitted into the program. Then, you combine those credits with more courses to reach your 30 credits. 
Price: $980-$1081 USD per credit hour depending upon location (Michigan residents or non-Michigan residents)
Length: 22 months 
Deadline to apply: June 15, 2021
The University of Michigan, another one of the best global universities, offers its own totally online master’s degree in Public Health. Students gain expertise in core public health concepts and customize their education in areas such as precision nutrition, health communication, data analysis, environmental epidemiology, and more.
To prepare for a wide variety of roles, students develop skills in data collection and analysis, intervention strategy, and communication methods over their 42 credits. Each student also gains real-world training through Applied Practice Experiences (APEx).
Price: $960 – $1060 USD per credit hour depending on location
Length: 20 months
Deadline to apply: June 15, 2021
The fully online Master of Science in Population and Health Sciences teaches students about today’s most challenging public health issues and hones their data analysis skills.
Designed by one of the nation’s top five public universities, the University of Michigan’s program is multidisciplinary and research-intensive. Public health experts show students how to conduct literature reviews, understand research methodologies, analyze and interpret data, compare findings, and prepare scientific writing for publication, among other things. 
Price: £12,600 or £20,800 depending upon location (UK or Overseas)
Length: 2-3 years
Deadline to apply: June 30, 2021
Imperial College London, one of the top 20 universities in the world, offers an online master’s degree program in Public Health and, with it, access to faculty that have helped shape global policy (such as researchers who led the Ebola response). Students learn about biostatistics, epidemiology, health systems, health economics, population health improvement, and more. To sharpen research skills, students also explore public health issues impacting their own community.
The program is completely online, and students are given opportunities to develop work to submit to peer-reviewed journals and build portfolios to launch the next stage of their career. 
Price: $15,000
Length: 18-36 months
Deadline to apply: July 8, 2021
Named the most innovative school in the US (US News) for four consecutive years, Arizona State University’s fully online Master’s combines classroom education and hands-on applied projects in topics such as AI, cybersecurity, blockchain, and big data. Online students receive the same degree as on-campus students and learn from the same faculty.  
ASU students also have unique opportunities to work with on-campus organizations — such as its Blockchain Research Laboratory. 

Sign up for Insider Reviews’ weekly newsletter for more buying advice and great deals.

You can purchase syndication rights to this story here.

Disclosure: Written and researched by the Insider Reviews team. We highlight products and services you might find interesting. If you buy them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our partners. We may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. We operate independently from our advertising team. We welcome your feedback. Email us at [email protected].
For you