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. 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
    2. Walden University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Finance
      • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Accounting
      • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Energy Management
      • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Homeland Security
      • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Information Systems Management
      • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Self-Designed
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Finance and Investing
      • Master of Business Administration - Accounting
      • M.A. in Financial Planning & Law
      • Master of Business Administration
      • Master of Business Administration - General Management
      • Master of Business Administration - Innovation Management
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
      • Bachelor of Science in Business
      • Bachelor of Science in Business - Accounting
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Business
      • Bachelor of Arts in English - Government
      • Bachelor of Arts in Government
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS: Accounting
      • MBA: Strategic Management
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
  • Online Programs Available
    6. 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
  • Campus and Online Programs
    7. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Music Business
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Business Admin - Financial Management
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Financial Management
      • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Advanced Accounting
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Management
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Post University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Finance
      • B.S. in Business Administration / Accounting
      • B.S. in Finance / Corporate Finance
      • B.S. in Finance / Personal Financial Banking
      • B.S. in Accounting
    Associate's
      • A.S. in Accounting
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Trident University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Business Administration (Ph.D.)
      • Doctor of Business Administration
    Bachelor's
      • Business Administration (BSBA)

Featured Schools

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

Colorado State University Global

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

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Walden University

  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Finance
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Accounting
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Energy Management

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Regent University

  • Master of Business Administration - Finance and Investing
  • Master of Business Administration - Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business

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Liberty University

  • MS: Accounting
  • MBA: Strategic Management

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Grand Canyon University

  • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education

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Purdue University Global

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

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Full Sail University

  • M.S. - Entertainment Business
  • B.S. - Music Business

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Northcentral University

  • PhD in Business Admin - Financial Management
  • Doctor of Business Admin - Financial Management
  • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business

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