A frequent commenter on BestCerts’s MOOC Report alerted us to a new page that edX added to their website. The ‘Masters’ page on edX lists thirteen upcoming master’s degree programs and one Online Master of Science in Analytics Degree from Georgia Tech. Here are the degrees listed in no particular order:
- Master’s in Accounting
- Master’s in Business Administration
- Master’s in Business Intelligence
- Master’s in Computer Science
- Master’s in Cybersecurity
- Master’s in Data Science
- Master’s in Electrical Engineering
- Master’s in Higher Education Administration
- Master’s in Information Systems
- Master’s in Nutritional Sciences
- Master’s in Project Management
- Master’s in Psychology
- Master’s in Supply Chain
Beyond this list of names, not much information is available. The pages for these individual degrees consists of no details and a signup form to learn more.
If I had to guess, the Master’s in Supply Chain might be from MIT and the Master’s in Electrical Engineering might be from The University of Colorado, Boulder. It may also be the case that edX is testing out the popularity of each of the different degree programs by creating these landing pages.
Online Degrees are the new hot thing in MOOCs and a number of recent announcements have been made in that regard. I called this phenomenon, The Second Wave of MOOC Hype.
Most recently, we saw the launch of the first Ivy League MOOC-based online degrees on Coursera. Penn’s Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT) is a graduate degree for students without a computer science background, though you still need to have a bachelor’s degree of some sort to be accepted into the program.