Universities Offering Free Business Education Online

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Several universities offer free online education through an array of business courses. Areas of study include accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, management, and marketing.
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Free Business Education Courses

For students interested in studying business online, the universities listed below make free courses available to the public. Students can choose from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Alaska, Kutztown University, among others.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT offers the following courses in free online business education. The required text for the introduction to financial and managerial accounting course is entitled Financial Accounting in an Economic Context, which is a fifth edition, by J. Pratt. Other supplemental readings are listed in a required case packet, in addition to four supplementary textbooks.

Reading topics from the entrepreneurial finance course include Netflix and Blackstone. Communication for managers will cover reading topics such as communication strategy and structure, presenting data, and intercultural communication.

University of Alaska

This university offers a financial accounting course. The required text is Financial Accounting Information for Decisions - 2nd Edition by John J. Wild. Accounting concepts will be the center of this course, and students will be responsible for homework, quizzes, and exams.

Kutztown University

These business courses from Kutztown University are offered for free in the form of PowerPoint presentations. The accounting course is broken into 150 slides, less than 30 seconds each. Three tests and quizzes will cover each section of the course. The marketing course is also offered in the same format.

Bastiat Free University

This university offers free courses in entrepreneurship. Topics include the basics of finance, starting your own company, free markets, and globalization. Students will be responsible for homework and tests.

University of California, Irvine

This personal finance course is broken down into eight modules. Areas include taxation, investment, and estate planning.

University of California, Berkeley

These economics courses are online video lectures. Students can choose from an assortment of topics, including American economic history, introduction to economics, macroeconomics, psychology and economics, and much more.

Utah State University

This course requires two texts; Macroeconomics, 3rd edition, by Oliver Blanchard, and Study Guide for Macroeconomics, 3rd edition, prepared by David W. Findlay. Theory and policy will be covered, and students will be responsible for assignments, exams and online discussions.

Open University

This online course from Open University can be easily accessed, and it is even offered as a single eBook download. Lesson topics include the strategic function of marketing communications and the changing role of communications.

Free Online Business Education Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes Yes Yes
Entrepreneurial Finance course from MIT Graduate Text No Yes Yes
Communication for Managers course from MIT Graduate Text Yes No Yes
Principles of Financial Accounting course from University of Alaska Introductory Text Yes Yes No
Accounting 101: The Fundamentals course from Kutztown University Introductory PowerPoint presentation No Yes No
Marketing 101: The Fundamentals course from Kutztown University Introductory PowerPoint No Yes Yes
College of Entrepreneurship courses from Bastiat Free University Undergraduate Text Yes Yes No
Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning course from University of California, Irvine Undergraduate Text No No No
Economics courses from University of California, Berkeley Undergraduate Video lectures No No Yes
Macroeconomics for Managers course from Utah State University Undergraduate Text Yes Yes No
Marketing Communications course from Open University Advanced Text No No Yes

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Management
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Advanced Accounting
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Human Resources Management
      • PhD in Business Admin - Financial Management
      • PhD in Business Admin - Marketing
    Master's
      • Master of Business Admin - General Business
      • Master of Business Admin - Accelerated General MBA
      • MBA - Management
      • MBA - International Business
      • MBA - Management Information Systems
      • MBA - Marketing
    Certificate
      • Education Specialist - Organizational Leadership
  • Campus and Online Programs
    2. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
      • M.S. - Internet Marketing
      • Master of Science - Innovation and Entrepreneurship
      • Master of Science - Business Intelligence
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Music Business
      • B.S. - Sports Marketing and Media
      • BS - Internet Marketing - Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA
      • MBA Dual Concentration: HR & Project Mgmt.
      • MBA Dual Concentration: BS Mgmt. & HR
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Business Mgmt & Project Mgmt.
      • MBA: Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
      • B.S. - Business Management: Entrepreneurial Studies Concentration
      • Bachelor: Accounting
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Business Management
      • Associate of Science - Business Studies
      • Associate of Science - Accounting
    Certificate
      • Diploma: Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master : Business Admin
      • MBA: Human Resources
      • MBA: Project Management
      • Master - Accounting
      • MBA: Marketing
      • MBA: Finance
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Business Admin
      • BSBA - Investment
      • BS in Finance - Accelerated MS in Finance Option
      • BS in Finance
      • BS in Finance - General Finance
      • Bachelor: Accounting
    Associate's
      • AASBA in Business
      • Associate: Business Admin.
      • Associate: Business Admin. - Office Mgmt
      • Associate: Accounting
      • AASBA -Entrepreneurship
    Certificate
      • Executive Leader Graduate Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Baker College Online

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Business Administration - DBA (Doctorate)
    Master's
      • General Business (MBA)
      • Human Resource Management - MBA
      • Information Systems - MBA (Master's)
      • Accounting - MBA (Master's)
      • Finance - MBA (Master's)
      • Leadership Studies - MBA (Master's)
    Bachelor's
      • Business Administration - Accelerated Program - Bachelor
      • Accounting - Bachelor
      • Finance - Bachelor
      • Human Resource Management - Bachelor
      • Business Intelligence - MBA (Master's)
    Associate's
      • Business Administration - Associate
      • Accounting - Associate
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Project Management
      • Master of Finance
      • Master of Professional Accounting
      • Master - Human Resource Management
      • MS - Management
      • Master of International Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Accounting
      • BS - Project Management
      • BS - Marketing
      • BS - Business Management
      • BS - Human Resource Management
      • BS - Information Technology
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Project Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Accounting
  • Online Programs Available
    7. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Economics
      • Master of Science in Agile Project Management
      • Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management
      • Master of Science in Measurement and Evaluation
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Purdue University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Georgetown University

    Program Options

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

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Applied Economics
      • MA in Public Management

Featured Schools

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Northcentral University

  • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business
  • Master of Business Admin - General Business
  • Education Specialist - Organizational Leadership

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Full Sail University

  • M.S. - Entertainment Business
  • M.S. - Internet Marketing
  • B.S. - Music Business
  • B.S. - Sports Marketing and Media

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Herzing University

  • MBA
  • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
  • Associate of Science - Business Management
  • Diploma: Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting

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Kaplan University

  • Master : Business Admin
  • Bachelor of Business Admin
  • AASBA in Business
  • Executive Leader Graduate Certificate

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Baker College Online

  • Business Administration - DBA (Doctorate)
  • General Business (MBA)
  • Business Administration - Accelerated Program - Bachelor
  • Business Administration - Associate

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Colorado State University Global

  • Master of Project Management
  • BS - Accounting
  • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management

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American University

  • Master of Arts in Economics
  • Master of Science in Agile Project Management
  • Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management

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Purdue University

  • Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management

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