Will open online education disrupt the master’s admissions funnel?

Posted on February 6th, 2018

Joshua Kim, director of Digital Learning Initiatives at the Dartmouth Centre for the Advancement of Learning, looks at the impact that MicroMasters could have on graduate programs. He points to the popularity of MIT’s Supply Chain Management MicroMasters, where students who complete five online courses and pass a final exam can apply for admission to the residential program at MIT. Kim shares seven hypotheses on how MicroMasters will work with other professional master’s programs. Among these, he posits that MicroMasters will be concentrated in specialized programs, and there will be high student demand for MicroMasters as more people are looking to get master’s degrees.