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. Ashford University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Finance
      • MA-Accountancy
      • MA/Accountancy - Accounting
      • MBA - Media Management
      • MBA - Business Economics
      • MBA
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Finance
      • BA/Sports and Recreation Management - Finance
      • B.A. - Accounting
      • BA/Consumer and Family Financial Services
      • B.A. - Business Admin
      • B.A. - International Business
  • Online Programs Available
    2. 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
    3. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Management (DM) - General Concentration (Executive Format)
    Master's
      • Master of Business Admin: Finance
      • Master of Business Admin
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Business Administration - Finance
      • BS - Accounting
      • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Organizational Behavior
      • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Business Development
      • BS - Business Administration - General
      • BS - Business Administration - Management
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science in Accounting
      • Associate of Science in Business Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Finance and Investing
      • Master of Business Administration - Franchising
      • Master of Arts in Law - Business
      • Master of Arts in Law - Wealth Management/Financial Planning
      • Master of Business Administration - Accounting
      • Master of Business Administration
    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
    5. 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
    Master's
      • MBA - Financial Management
      • Master of Business Admin - General Business
      • Master of Business Admin - Accelerated General MBA
      • Master of Science in Accounting
      • MBA - Management
      • MBA - International Business
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

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

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Admin: Finance
      • Master of Business Administration - Accounting
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Business Administration - Finance
      • Bachelor of Business Admin - Accounting
      • Bachelor of Accounting
      • Bachelor of Business Administration - Generalist
      • Bachelor of Business Administration - Forensic Accounting
      • Bachelor of Business Admin: Operations Management
    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts in Business Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Business Mgmt & Project Mgmt.
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Human Resources
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Project Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: HR & Project Mgmt.
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Business Management: Business Admin Concentration
      • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Accounting
      • Associate of Science - Business Studies
      • Associate of Science - Business Management
    Certificate
      • Diploma: Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting
  • Campus and Online Programs
    9. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. - Internet Marketing
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Music Business
  • Campus and Online Programs
    10. Virginia College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Private Sector Accounting
    Associate's
      • Associate: Accounting Specialist
      • Associate's - Business Admin

Featured Schools

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

Ashford University

  • MBA - Finance
  • MA-Accountancy
  • B.A. - Finance
  • BA/Sports and Recreation Management - Finance

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Colorado State University Global

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

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Colorado Technical University

  • Doctor of Management (DM) - General Concentration (Executive Format)
  • Master of Business Admin: Finance
  • BS - Business Administration - Finance
  • Associate of Science in Accounting

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Regent University

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

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Northcentral University

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

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Grand Canyon University

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

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American InterContinental University

  • Master of Business Admin: Finance
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - Finance
  • Associate of Arts in Business Administration

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Herzing University

  • MBA
  • B.S. - Business Management: Business Admin Concentration
  • Associate of Science - Accounting
  • Diploma: Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting

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