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. 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
    2. Walden University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Accounting
      • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Energy Management
      • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Entrepreneurship
      • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Finance
      • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Global Supply Chain Management
      • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Homeland Security
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MAcc: Accounting
      • MBA: Human Resource Management
      • MBA: Health Care Management
    Bachelor's
      • BA: Business Administration - Management
      • BA: Business Administration - Logistics
      • BA: Business Administration - Marketing
      • BA: Business Administration - Project Management
  • Online Programs Available
    4. 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
      • Organizational Leadership, MOL
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. Accountancy
      • B.S. Business: International Business
      • Human Resource Management, B.S.
      • Marketing and Sales, B.S.
      • B.S. Business: Entrepreneurship
      • Nonprofit Management, 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
    5. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA: Human Resources
      • MBA: Project Management
      • Master - Accounting
      • MBA: Marketing
      • MBA: Finance
      • MS in Accounting- Tax Specialization
    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
      • AASBA in Food/Hotel Management
      • Associate: Business Admin. - Office Mgmt
      • Associate: Accounting
      • AASBA -Entrepreneurship
    Certificate
      • Executive Leader Graduate Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA with an Emphasis in Marketing
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
      • Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems
      • Bachelor of Science in Applied Business Information Systems
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Florida Tech

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Business Administration/Management
      • BA in Accounting
      • BA in Business Administration/Accounting
      • BA in Business Administration/Marketing
      • BA in Human Resources Management
      • BA in Management
    Associate's
      • AA in Accounting
      • AA in Business Administration
      • AA in Management
      • AA in Marketing
  • Online Programs Available
    8. New England College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Business Administration/Management
      • BA in Business Administration
      • BA in Business Administration/Accounting
      • BA in Business Administration/Finance
      • BA in Business Administration/Human Resource Management
      • BA in Business Administration/International Business
    Associate's
      • AA in Business Administration
      • AS in Accounting
  • Online Programs Available
    9. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Economics
      • Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Trident University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Business Administration (Ph.D.)
      • Doctor of Business Administration
    Bachelor's
      • Business Administration (BSBA)
      • Human Resources Management (BSHRM)
      • Leadership (BSL)
    Associate's
      • Professional Studies (ASPS)

Featured Schools

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Colorado State University Global

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

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Walden University

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

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Saint Leo University

  • MAcc: Accounting
  • MBA: Human Resource Management
  • BA: Business Administration - Management
  • BA: Business Administration - Logistics

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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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Purdue University Global

  • MBA: Human Resources
  • Bachelor of Business Admin
  • AASBA in Business
  • Executive Leader Graduate Certificate

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Grand Canyon University

  • DBA with an Emphasis in Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems

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Florida Tech

  • BA in Business Administration/Management
  • BA in Accounting
  • AA in Accounting
  • AA in Business Administration

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New England College

  • BA in Business Administration/Management
  • BA in Business Administration
  • AA in Business Administration
  • AS in Accounting

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