6 free online courses to equal an MBA

6 free online courses to equal an MBA

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More and more people want to get an MBA nowadays – after all, this type of degree is absolutely necessary in the world of business. But it is also time consuming and leaves you with a student loan you will be struggling to pay for the next decade or so.

But you shouldn’t necessarily invest in a business school degree in order to get a business education. Laurie Pickard, founder of No-Pay MBA has created a list of 6 free online courses that she recommends you should take if you want to start your business education:

1. Project Management – everybody needs a knowledge of project management, even if they are not directly responsible with supervising anyone’s day-to-day work.

Course to try: Introduction to Project Management, University of Adelaide

2. Marketing – studying marketing can help you understand customer decision-making, product positioning, and market segmentation.

Course to try: Introduction to Marketing, University of Pennsylvania

3. Finance – one of the best qualities of MBAs is how they understand and deploy financial logic. You will learn how to read a balance sheet, interpret a cash flow statement, and use terms like ROI, NPV, and IRR.

Course to try: Corporate Finance, New York University

4. Negotiation – learn the strategies that professional negotiators use and improve your negotiation skills.

Course to try: Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills, University of Michigan

5. Entrepreneurship – take a course in entrepreneurship to learn an approach to generating and testing entrepreneurial ideas and what are the initial steps of developing a business idea.

Course to try: How to Build a Startup

6. Strategy – strategy includes finance, entrepreneurship, and marketing all in one, and it will help you learn how to analyze a company’s competitive position, who are your competitors and how are you different from them, and which opportunities should your company take.

Course to try: Foundations of Business Strategy, University of Virginia

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Caroline Parker has a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Bucharest. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in the same field. She specializes in gender issues, ethnic minorities, and has a passion for literature, but she loves to find out more about any subject she comes across. When she is not busy with her studies, she is attending conferences, seeing plays which deal with contemporary issues in society, traveling, taking photos for her Instagram account, and watching beauty related vlogs. She aims to become a published writer and to pursue a Ph.D. is the field of gender studies.