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. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration (Qualitative Research)
      • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration (Quantitative Research)
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Purdue 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
      • BSOM - Decision Management
      • Bachelor of Business Admin
      • BS in Finance
      • BS in Finance - General Finance
      • BSFIN - Wealth Management and Financial Planning
      • Bachelor of Science in Finance
    Associate's
      • AASBA in Business
      • Associate: Business Admin.
      • Associate of Applied Science in Small Group Management
      • Associate: Business Admin. - Office Mgmt
      • Associate: Accounting
      • AASBA -Entrepreneurship
    Certificate
      • Professional Focus + Google Project Management Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Bryant & Stratton College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA - General Management
      • BBA Human Resources Management
      • General Management (GM) - BBA
    Associate's
      • AS - Business
      • AS - Accounting
      • AS - Human Resources Specialist
      • Accounting - AAS
      • AS - Office Information Technology
      • AS - Hospitality Management - Restaurant & Hotel Services
    Certificate
      • Business Assistant Diploma
      • Business - AAS
      • Business Assistant - Diploma
      • Accounting Assistant Diploma
      • Hospitality Assistant Diploma
      • Human Resources Specialist - AAS
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Keiser University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Admin - Leadership
      • Master of Business Admin - Accounting
      • Master of Business Administration - Management (Spanish)
      • Master of Business Administration - International Business (Spanish)
      • Master of Business Admin - Marketing
      • M.S. - Management
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Accounting
      • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (Accelerated Track to MBA)
      • B.A. - Business Admin: Finance
    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts - Accounting
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA: Business Administration
    Master's
      • MAcc: Accounting
      • MBA: Project Management
      • MBA: Social Media Marketing
      • MBA: Health Care Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS: Accounting
      • BA: Business Administration - Management
      • BA: Business Administration - Logistics
      • BA: Business Administration - Marketing
      • BA: Business Administration - Project Management
      • BA: Human Resource Management
    Associate's
      • AA: Business Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Penn Foster

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Career Diploma - Payroll Clerk
      • Career Diploma - Administrative Assistant
      • Career Diploma - Bookkeeping
  • Campus and Online Programs
    7. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
      • Master of Science - Innovation and Entrepreneurship
      • Master of Science - Business Intelligence
      • Entertainment Business (Sports) MS
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Music Business
      • B.S. - Sports Marketing and Media
      • Business Bachelors with Entertainment Business Concentration - Online
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    University of Pennsylvania

  • Online Programs Available
    9. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Administration: Accounting
      • Doctor of Business Administration: Executive Coaching
      • Doctor of Business Administration: Finance
      • Doctor of Business Administration: Healthcare Management
      • Doctor of Business Administration: Human Resources
      • Doctor of Business Administration: Information Systems
    Certificate
      • CTG: Business Administration
      • CTG: Strategic Leadership

Featured Schools

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Grand Canyon University

  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration (Qualitative Research)
  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration (Quantitative Research)

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Purdue Global

  • Master : Business Admin
  • BSOM - Decision Management
  • AASBA in Business
  • Professional Focus + Google Project Management Certificate

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Bryant & Stratton College

  • BA - General Management
  • AS - Business
  • Business Assistant Diploma

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Keiser University

  • Master of Business Admin - Leadership
  • B.A. - Accounting
  • Associate of Arts - Accounting

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Saint Leo University

  • DBA: Business Administration
  • MAcc: Accounting
  • BS: Accounting
  • AA: Business Administration

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Penn Foster

  • Career Diploma - Payroll Clerk
  • Career Diploma - Administrative Assistant
  • Career Diploma - Bookkeeping

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Full Sail University

  • M.S. - Entertainment Business
  • Master of Science - Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • B.S. - Music Business
  • B.S. - Sports Marketing and Media

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