More than 62,000 students from 186 countries and territories have enrolled in the MicroMasters for Core MBA Curriculum at Maryland Smith since the program’s launch in fall 2018.
About one-in-five students comes from the United States. The countries with the next highest enrollments for most courses are Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Nigeria, Australia and Germany.
Some participants sign up for the full seven-course series, hosted on the edX online learning platform, while other participants pick and choose among the various offerings.
“I don’t have a business background, so all the subject material is completely new to me,” MicroMasters student Adriana Ford told the Baltimore Sun.
Ford, an environmental researcher living in London, has completed multiple courses in the series. “I really like that it covers the core curriculum of an MBA,” she said. “A lot of work has gone into its design and implementation, with a variety of learning tools, including videos, simulations, case studies and reflections on our experiences.”
Verified learners who complete all seven courses may transfer their credits to Smith’s online MBA program.
The next launch in the series will be Data Analysis on Dec. 2, 2019. After that, each course in the series will be offered twice per year on a rotating basis. Several courses will be self-paced, meaning they will be available for students to start at any time.
Overall, the series is designed so students and faculty can get to know each other through video classes and other venues.
Students are grouped into cohorts and can opt to locate themselves on a map, creating opportunities for local connections.
Instructors include many of the same professors who teach in Smith graduate programs, including strategy professor Anil Gupta, marketing professor P.K. Kannan and accounting professor Progyan Basu.
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