Free Online Business Finance Courses from Top Universities

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Business finance courses are available online for free from top universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Yale University, UC Irvine and Open University. Continue reading to get details on 10 courses ranging from investment risk to debt.
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Free Business Finance Courses

Several schools provide free business finance courses geared toward graduate or advanced students. Most courses offer reading materials for download, and some are available in audio or video format. Topics addressed included financial markets, investments, financial planning and corporate finance.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Graduate students can enroll in free business finance courses using MIT's OpenCourseWare. Students in these classes gain an understanding of such things as business law fundamentals, application theory and how to make business decisions based on empirical evidence, portfolio theory and other factors. Other topics discussed cover private capital markets, financing tools and program models.

Yale University

Though Open Yale, individuals can learn concepts like behavioral finance, debt markets and options markets in a 26-session course taught by Professor Robert J. Schiller. This course includes three exams and incorporates video and audio lectures.

University of California (UC) - Irvine

A course on personal financial planning is available for download from UCI Open. This class is designed for anyone who needs financial advice, but is not able to afford working with a professional financial planner.

Open University

OpenLearn provides access to a number of advanced classes that are available for download. Courses touch on the concept of risk and risk factors, equity instruments, perfect markets and the Efficient Markets Hypothesis. A study of debt and borrowing in the UK gives students an understanding of debt costs and the borrowing process.

Free Online Business Finance Courses at a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Finance Theory II course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Text Yes Yes Yes
The Law of Corporate Finance and Financial Markets course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Text Yes No Yes
Investments course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Text Yes Yes Yes
Financing Economic Development course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Text Yes No Yes
Financial Markets course from Yale University Undergraduate Text, Audio, Video No Yes Yes
Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning course from University of California - Irvine Unknown Text No No Yes
Investment Risk course from Open University Advanced Text No No Yes
Equity Finance course from Open University Advanced Text No No Yes
The Financial Markets Context course from Open University Advanced Text No No Yes

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Finance - Financial Analysis
      • MS in Finance
      • MS in Finance - Financial Planning
      • MBA: Finance
      • Master - Accounting
      • MS in Accounting- Tax Specialization
    Bachelor's
      • Accelerated MS in Finance Option
      • BS in Finance
      • BS in Finance - General Finance
      • BSBA in Financial Analysis
      • BS in Finance - Investments
      • Bachelor: Accounting
    Associate's
      • Associate: Accounting
      • Associate: Business Admin.
      • Associate: Business Admin. - Office Mgmt
    Certificate
      • Executive Leader Graduate Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA: Accounting
      • BA: Business Administration - Management
      • BA: Business Administration - Logistics
      • BA: Business Administration - Marketing
    Associate's
      • AA: Business Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Brenau University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership-Finance
      • Masters in Business Administration - Finance
      • Masters in Accounting
      • Masters in Business Administration - Public Accounting
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership-Managerial Accounting
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership-Public Accounting
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Accounting
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Financial Economics
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration
    Certificate
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Finance
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Managerial Accounting
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Public Accounting
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Cybersecurity Management
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Management
  • Campus and Online Programs
    4. Louisiana State University Shreveport

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Finance Concentration
      • Master of Business Administration - Finance Specialization
      • Master of Business Administration with a General Business Specialization
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Finance
      • Master of Professional Accounting
      • MS - Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Accounting
      • BS - Business Management
    Certificate
      • Graduate Specialization - Accounting
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA - Management
    Master's
      • MBA: Finance
      • MBA: Accounting
      • MBA
      • MBA and MS in Leadership (Dual Degree)
      • MBA: Leadership
      • MS in Leadership
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Finance
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
      • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Government Analytics
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Notre Dame de Namur University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters in Business Administration
  • Campus and Online Programs
    10. South College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting
      • Bachelor of Business Administration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science in Accounting
      • Associate of Science in Business Administration

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Purdue University Global

  • MS in Finance - Financial Analysis
  • Accelerated MS in Finance Option
  • Associate: Accounting
  • Executive Leader Graduate Certificate

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Saint Leo University

  • BA: Accounting
  • BA: Business Administration - Management
  • AA: Business Administration

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Brenau University

  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership-Finance
  • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Accounting
  • Post Graduate Certificate - Finance

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Louisiana State University Shreveport

  • Master of Business Administration - Finance Concentration
  • Master of Business Administration - Finance Specialization
  • Master of Business Administration with a General Business Specialization

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Colorado State University Global

  • Master of Finance
  • BS - Accounting
  • Graduate Specialization - Accounting

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Grand Canyon University

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  • MBA: Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education

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Georgetown University

  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
  • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Science in Government Analytics

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