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Master of Business Administration (iMBA)

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Master of Science in Management (iMSM)

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Master of Science in Accountancy (iMSA)

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Advance your career with an online master's degree

Earning an online master's degree can help you reach your career goals in numerous fields. Whether you are looking to advance or change careers, you can find high-quality, flexible, and affordable online master's degrees from accredited universities on Coursera.

A master’s degree typically takes eighteen months to two years of full-time study, but several factors can impact the time required to complete your degree. With flexible degree options on Coursera, you can learn at your own pace without giving up your other responsibilities. With some programs, you can start right away and preview courses to see if they’re right for you.

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Benefits of earning your online master’s degree on Coursera


Access the best online degree programs from leading universities

You don't need to quit your job or move to a new city to earn your master’s degree from a top university. With Coursera, you can earn the same degree, complete the same curriculum, and learn from the same top-tier faculty and industry experts as on-campus students. Choose from online master’s degree programs in today’s most in-demand fields.

$22,000 for an online degree vs $52,000 for an on-campus degree


Earn your degree at a lower cost than similar on-campus programs

With tuition costs lower than most on-campus degree programs, the online master’s degrees on Coursera provide access to high-quality, affordable education from a renowned institution. In fact, many programs offer pay-as-you-go tuition and you may qualify for scholarships, employer tuition benefits, or financial aid. Discover financial resources to help fund your degree, and get the support you need to pursue your learning goals.


Start earning credit toward your degree today

Begin your degree journey before you officially apply. Take university pre-approved courses, specializations, and certificates and earn credit* toward applicable degree programs. If you choose to apply and are admitted, your completed courses can count toward your requirements. Coursera’s online content “stacks” together so you can complete your degree and reach your goal on your terms.

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Benefit from expert instruction and collaborative learning.

Online master’s degrees on Coursera are powered by technology that helps you spark meaningful connections with your faculty and peers. From programs that offer live online lectures to asynchronous, self-paced classes, you choose what works for you. At every step of your learning journey, you’ll have access to a dedicated online student support team, course facilitators, and a network of peers.

What students are saying

Performance-based admissions for the Boulder MS-EE was the key point that really sold me on it.Andrei, University of Colorado Boulder Master of Science in Electrical Engineering student
The program is wonderfully flexible. I want to maintain my job while gaining the skills to be a better entrepreneur and intrapreneur.Till BärnighausenHEC Paris MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship student
The theoretical background that I am getting from the Illinois MCS program I am able to use a lot of those ideas on a day-to-day basis.Fernando D.University of Illinois Master of Computer Science student
My first week of studying was in Africa with no mobile or wifi. I was able to download all the content in advance.Christie LoustauMacquarie University Global MBA student

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University of Illinois iMBA Student

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Anu A.

University of Illinois MCS-DS Student

Average work experience

14 years

Students represent

95 countries

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University of Illinois MCS-DS Student

1st year student retention


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University of Illinois MCS-DS Graduate

Learn from leading professors

Hayden Noel

Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Illinois, Master of Business Administration

Helen Ward

Professor, Imperial College London, Global Master of Public Health

Dr. Charles Russell Severance

Clinical Professor, University of Michigan, Master of Applied Data Science

Rebecca Mitchell

Professor of Management, Associate Dean, Macquarie Business School, Global MBA

Robert Erickson

Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Andréa Richa

Professor, Arizona State University, Master of Computer Science

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*Each university determines the number of pre-approved transfer credits that may count towards the degree requirements according to institutional policies.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • A master's degree is a graduate degree designed around advancing your knowledge of a subject. While an undergraduate degree might be more broad in course requirements and content, a master's degree is for students looking to specialize in an area.

    Coursera hosts affordable online master’s degrees from accredited universities in Data Science, Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, MBA, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Public Health, Finance, Public Policy, International Relations, and more.

  • In most cases, yes, though there are some exceptions. For example, the University of Colorado Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Master of Engineering in Engineering Management, and Master of Science in Data Science programs do not require a bachelor’s degree for admission.

  • MBA programs, or Master of Business Administration, are a specific type of master’s degree geared toward careers in business and leadership.

    Read more: What Is an MBA Degree?

  • Yes. Many master’s programs accept degrees from other fields so long as they’re from an accredited school.