Coursera, edX, Udacity and FutureLearn Discover the Lucrative Market of Master's Degree Programs

MOOC providers are leveraging their relationships with universities to jump into a new lucrative market: MOOC-based degree programs.

Today there are ten fully-fledged Masters, as show in the table below, elaborated by Class Central.

Degree Provider University Cost
MS Computer Science Udacity Georgia Tech $6,600
MS Analytics edX Georgia Tech $10k
MBA Coursera University of Illinois $22k
MS CS Data Science Coursera University of Illinois $19.2k
MS Accounting Coursera University of Illinois $27.2k
Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Coursera HEC Paris €20k
Cyber Security (Masters) FutureLearn Deakin University £24k
Development and Humanitarian Action (Masters) FutureLearn Deakin University £24k
Professional Practice: Information Technology (Masters) FutureLearn Deakin University £24k


Coursera is the leading company. Now they have four Master’s degrees, after adding two more in March: Accounting, with the University of Illinois ($27.2K, 32 credit hours, 18-36 months) and Innovation and Entrepreneurship with HEC Paris (€20K, 20 courses, 10–16 months). And they plan to offer 15 to 20 programs by the end of 2019, according to Inside Higher Ed.
“To contrast, 2U, a public listed company that helps universities put their degree programs online, currently has 45 such degrees. 2U made $205.9 million in revenue in 2016, an increase of 37% over its 2015 revenue,” explains Class-Central.