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. Columbia Southern University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Administration
      • Doctor of Business Administration
    Master's
      • MBA - Finance
      • MBA - Human Resource Management
      • MBA - Marketing
      • MBA - Project Management
      • MS - Organizational Leadership
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Business Administration
      • BS - Human Resource Management
      • BS - Organizational Leadership
      • BSBA - Hospitality and Tourism
      • BSBA - Human Resource Management
      • BSBA - Management
    Associate's
      • AS - Business
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Finance
      • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management
      • Graduate Certificate - Marketing
      • Graduate Certificate - Project Management
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master : Business Admin
      • MBA: Human Resources
      • MBA: Project Management
      • Master - Accounting
      • MBA: Marketing
      • Master of Science in Nursing - MSN/MBA Dual Degree Option
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Business Admin
      • BSBA - Investment
      • Accelerated MS in Finance Option
      • BS in Finance
      • BS in Finance - General Finance
      • Bachelor: Accounting
    Associate's
      • AASBA in Business
      • Associate: Business Admin.
      • Associate: Accounting
      • AASBA -Entrepreneurship
    Certificate
      • Executive Leader Graduate Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Walden University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Human Resource Management - Functional Human Resource Management
      • MS in Human Resource Management - General
      • MS in Human Resource Management - Integrating Functional & Strategic Human Resource Management
      • MS in Human Resource Management - Organizational Strategy
      • MS in Project Management
      • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Accounting
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Business Administration (BSBA) - Accounting
      • BS in Business Administration (BSBA) - Finance
      • BS in Business Administration (BSBA) - General
      • BS in Business Administration (BSBA) - Human Resource Management
      • BS in Business Administration (BSBA) - Management
      • BS in Business Administration (BSBA) - Marketing
  • Campus and Online Programs
    4. Baker College

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Business Administration - DBA
    Master's
      • General Business - MBA
      • Accounting - MBA
      • Finance - MBA
      • Human Resource Management - MBA
      • Business Intelligence - MBA
      • Leadership Studies - MBA
    Bachelor's
      • Accounting
      • Business Administration - Accelerated Program
      • Human Resource Management
      • Management
      • Marketing
  • Online Programs Available
    5. 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
  • 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 - Finance
      • BS - Business Management
      • BS - Human Resource Management
    Certificate
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Project Management
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Administration: International Business
      • DBA: Accounting
      • DBA: Marketing
      • DBA: Project Management
      • DBA: Human Resources
      • DBA: Finance
    Master's
      • MBA: General (36-hour)
      • Master of Arts in Public Policy - Public Administration
      • MBA: Marketing
      • MS: Healthcare Administration: Human Resources
      • MS: Project Management
      • MS: Accounting
    Bachelor's
      • BS: Accounting
      • BS: Information Systems: Accounting Information Systems
      • BS: Commercial Music
    Associate's
      • AA: Business
      • AA: Accounting
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Advanced Accounting
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Health Care Administration
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Leadership
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Project Management
      • Master of Science in Accounting
      • Business Administration, M.A. - Enterprise Agility
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. Accountancy
      • B.S. Business: International Business
      • Human Resource Management, B.S.
      • Marketing and Sales, B.S.
      • B.S. Business: Entrepreneurship
      • Economics, B.S.
    Associate's
      • Business Administration, A.S.
      • Human Resource Management, A.S.
      • Marketing and Sales, A.S.
      • Nonprofit Management, A.S.
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership
      • Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL)
    Master's
      • M.A. in Business & Design Management
      • M.A. in Organizational Leadership
      • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
      • M.A. in Financial Planning & Law
      • M.S. in Business Analytics
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Business
      • B.S. in Management
      • B.S. in Accounting
      • B.S. in Business - Accounting
      • B.S. in Business - Economics
      • B.S. in Business - General Management
  • Online Programs Available
    10. 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
      • MBA - Management
      • MBA - International Business
      • MBA - Marketing
      • MBA - Financial Management
      • MBA - Human Resources Management

Featured Schools

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Columbia Southern University

  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • MBA - Finance
  • BS - Business Administration
  • AS - Business
  • Graduate Certificate - Finance

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Purdue University Global

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

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Walden University

  • MS in Human Resource Management - Functional Human Resource Management
  • MS in Human Resource Management - General
  • BS in Business Administration (BSBA) - Accounting
  • BS in Business Administration (BSBA) - Finance

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Baker College

  • Business Administration - DBA
  • General Business - MBA
  • Accounting

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Herzing University

  • MBA
  • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
  • Associate of Science - Business Management

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Colorado State University Global

  • Master of Project Management
  • BS - Accounting
  • Undergraduate Certificate - Project Management

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Liberty University

  • Doctor of Business Administration: International Business
  • MBA: General (36-hour)
  • BS: Accounting
  • AA: Business

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Colorado Christian University

  • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Advanced Accounting
  • B.S. Accountancy
  • Business Administration, A.S.

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