Online MBAs and business master’s programmes on Coursera

Sundar Pichai holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Here are five Coursera courses for an online MBA or master's business degree.

By U2B Staff 

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Are you looking to beef up your business skills and credentials during the lockdown? With online learning having its moment in the sunlight amid COVID-19, Coursera has become a popular option for those looking to gain industry-relevant skills to enhance their career.

Coursera is one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with 82 million registered learners as of March 31, 2021. Coursera courses are known for being bite-sized, but there are also full-fledged degrees for aspiring MBAs and business professionals.

If you’re looking to earn an MBA or a master’s level business credential, here are some Coursera courses worth exploring:


Macquarie University – GMBA

Macquarie’s Global Master of Business Administration (GMBA) is 100% online, building your  expertise in foundational MBA subjects such as marketing and accounting, and will help you develop the capabilities you need to differentiate yourself and succeed in the future. 

You’ll gain access to renowned academics and industry leaders and a diverse and professional cohort, as well as premium features including live interactive webinars, staff-graded and moderated assessments, podcasts, and other high-engagement learning activities. 

There are also opportunities to attend local meetups in select countries. The courses feature an open component, which means learners can experience the course before committing to the degree.

Cost: ​~US$25,000

Deadline: Application deadline is Aug. 2, 2021.

O.P. Jindal Global University – MBA in Business Analytics

O.P. Jindal Global University is a private university in India that offers an MBA in Business Analytics. 

The course curriculum has been carefully developed with two key requirements for a successful business analyst: to identify and understand problems in a wide range of business domains, and to apply data driven, analytical approaches to describe and diagnose business problems, predict future possibilities, and prescribe solutions. 

The coursework provides a balanced mix of theoretical and hands-on learning to enable holistic learning and provide job-readiness. You will learn from highly qualified and experienced business management and analytics faculty to help you set your business analytics career in motion. 

Cost: US$7,500

Deadline: Early decision application deadline falls on July 15, 2021 while the final application deadline is on Aug. 25, 2021.

Fundação Instituto de Administração (FIA) – MBA 

Get an MBA from one of Brazil’s most innovative institutions. FIA was awarded as the “most innovative school in South America” by the Global Business Education Awards, a recognition given by the European CEO Magazine.

Students will enjoy the same quality education as their on-campus counterparts while paying significantly less in tuition costs. There are also flexible payment options for those looking for monthly installments.

The programme sees a project-based model in which two-thirds of the curriculum is collaborative. This will enable you’ll gain essential collaboration skills as you connect with peers and develop your business network.

Cost: US$10,000

Deadline: Rolling applications. To be considered for the first cohort, applicants must make an application before August 22, 2021.

HSE University – Master of Business Analytics

If you’re looking to carve yourself a career in finance or consulting, consider enrolling in this Russian university’s Master of Business Analytics.

The course offers cutting-edge approaches to intellectual capital measurement, metrics and reports, their interpretation in terms of materiality, connectivity and consistency, in addition to new trends in financial accounting standards and their implications for business analytics. 

You’ll develop skills to integrate different non-financial capitals into a strategic vision for the future. The course will prepare you to tackle several career tracks, including financial management roles, roles at investment banks or investment funds, positions within accounting departments, and consultancy roles.

Cost: ​~US$11,000 – US$17,000, depending on geographic location 

Deadline: Application periods are based on citizenship. Non-Russian citizens have until Aug 10. 2021 to apply


HSE University – Master of Finance

Last on our list of Coursera courses is HSE’s Master of Finance programme. Enrolling in this programme means you’ll work directly with mentors who are top executives in the industry and experts with CFA, FRM, ACCA, and other well-known professional certificates.

“The programme’s curriculum highlights the most relevant innovations and developments in the financial services market, as confirmed by the partnership with the CFA Institute, and offers a wide range of elective courses,” it notes online. You can also choose to study an applied course on advanced data analysis and machine learning in finance.

HSE has over 350 international partners from 63 countries. Their alumni have gone on to work at Alfa Bank, Bloomberg L.P., BNP Paribas, the Central Bank of Russia, KPMG, PwC, Thomson Reuters, IFC and the World Bank, among others.

Cost: ​~US$9,600-US$17,000

Deadline: Application periods are based on citizenship. Non-Russian citizens have until Aug 10. 2021 to apply