EdX Launches New Master’s Degrees in Partnership with Top-Ranked Universities

New online programs offer a high-quality, flexible master’s education
at disruptive price points, that address today’s global skills gap

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–EdX.org,
the leading nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and
MIT, today launched nine new Master’s
degree programs
. Designed for learners who want to make a pivotal
career move that requires a Master’s degree, the online, top-ranked,
high quality programs are offered in the most in-demand fields and are
available at a fraction of the cost of a traditional on-campus Master’s
degree. These new offerings mark an important milestone for edX, a
leader in reimagining education through innovative, stackable
credentials that address the needs of today’s changing global workforce.

EdX offers Master’s degree programs from top global institutions Arizona
State University; Curtin University; Georgia Institute of Technology;
Indiana University; University of California, San Diego; University of
Queensland; and University of Texas at Austin in highly in-demand
subjects, such as data science, cybersecurity, computer science,
analytics and supply chain management. In addition, three programs are
both top-ten ranked and offered at $10,000 or less.

EdX is uniquely positioned to offer these online programs, which build
upon the innovative MicroMasters® program, conceived by MIT and launched
by edX. Similar to how a MicroMasters program can stack into an
on-campus Master’s degree, a MicroMasters program can also stack into a
fully online Master’s program. This allows learners to start engaging
with Master’s level curriculum right away in order to determine if both
the online learning experience and the subject matter are a fit, before
the Master’s application deadline. Taking the MicroMasters program first
can also help to strengthen a Master’s degree application. Further,
completion of the MicroMasters program can provide learners with
valuable standalone skills that translate into career-focused
advancement.

The Master’s degree offerings on edX come at a time when the workplace
is changing more rapidly than ever before. Employers are in need of
highly-skilled talent, especially in fields most impacted by advances in
technology. To address this worldwide global skills gap, edX has
partnered with universities that specialize in these in-demand fields to
offer its online Master’s programs.

“Digital technology is revolutionizing every aspect of our society and
changing the nature of work. Existing industries are evolving while new
fields are emerging, and there is a clear demand for the advanced
knowledge needed to succeed in this new workplace. However, the
investment of time and money required to gain this knowledge through a
traditional on-campus Master’s degree is a challenge for many,” said edX
CEO and MIT Professor Anant Agarwal. “EdX is launching Master’s degrees
that address both of these challenges. These stackable programs deliver
the critical knowledge needed and demonstrate how we are pioneering
graduate-level education at scale.”

The launch of the Master’s programs follows the success of an initial
pilot program with the Georgia Institute of Technology in Analytics,
which demonstrates the impact of offering disruptively priced Master’s
degrees from top-ranked institutions at scale. The program started with
250 students in Fall 2017 and has grown to more than 1,200 in Fall 2018.
Tuition for Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Analytics (OMS
Analytics) degree is available for less than $10,000. The residential
program ranges from $36,000 for in-state students to $49,000 for out of
state.

“We are at the forefront of transforming graduate education by offering
two fully online top-ranked Master’s degrees in high-demand subjects for
under $10,000,” said Nelson Baker, dean of Georgia Tech Professional
Education. “Our Online Master of Science in Analytics degree grew
quickly at scale, demonstrating a clear demand for affordable, high
quality education. With the addition of our new Online Master’s in
Cybersecurity, we’re offering thousands of learners the opportunity to
become leaders in two of today’s most competitive fields.”

For more information and a complete list of Master’s programs offerings,
visit www.edx.org/masters.

Full List of Institutions and Master’s Degree Programs:

  • Arizona State University – Master of Science in Supply Chain
    Management **
  • Curtin University – Master of Marketing *
  • Georgia Institute of Technology – Master of Science in Analytics *
  • Georgia Institute of Technology – Master of Science in Cybersecurity
  • Indiana University – Master of Science in Accounting
  • Indiana University – Master of Science in Information Technology
    Management
  • University of California, San Diego – Master of Data Science * ***
  • University of Queensland – Master of Leadership in Service Innovation *
  • University of Texas at Austin – Master of Science in Computer Science
    ****

* indicates a corresponding MicroMasters program is currently offered

** the corresponding MicroMasters program for the Master’s degree
from ASU will be the MITx MicroMasters program in Supply Chain
Management on edX

*** subject to approval by The University of California, San Diego,
the UC office of the President, and WSCUC

**** subject to final approval by UT System and the Texas Higher
Education Coordinating Board

Additional Master’s degree offerings and MicroMasters programs from the
University of Edinburgh will be launching in the future.

About edX.org

EdX is
a nonprofit, open-source learning destination offering online
educational programs and courses at edx.org in alliance with more than
130 member institutions, composed of both leading global universities
and colleges, and a diverse group of prominent organizations from around
the world. Founded by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT) and based in Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., edX is focused on
transforming online and classroom learning through groundbreaking
methodologies, game-like educational experiences and cutting-edge
research on an open-source platform.

Contacts

EdX
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press@edx.org

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