DL&I and Questrom School of Business Announce Two MicroMasters Programs
New credentialing opportunities from Boston University Questrom School of Business
Boston University Digital Learning & Innovation and Questrom School of Business announced today two MicroMasters programs which, upon completion, can be applied towards a Master of Science in Digital Innovation (MSDi) degree from Boston University Questrom School of Business. Both programs will be offered through the global edX consortium (See edX’s blog post here), which is unveiling a new set of MicroMasters offerings today.
Learners enrolling in the Boston University MicroMasters programs will complete five courses in either the Digital Product Management or Digital Leadership programs. Both teach essential skills and perspectives for assuming leadership positions in a rapidly changing workforce. Upon completion of either of the MicroMasters programs, course participants are offered the opportunity to apply for the seven-month Master of Science in Digital Innovation at Questrom School of Business. If an individual applies and is accepted to the MSDi program their completed online MicroMasters program will enable them to waive initial on-campus introductory courses typically required for the degree.
“The Questrom Digital MicroMasters programs will simultaneously provide outstanding relevant digital skills for participants and advance the digital learning initiatives of the Questrom School of Business,” said Ken Freeman, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean, Questrom School of Business. “Our corporate business partners are very supportive. We look forward to extending our reach into the digital classroom with students of all ages.”
BU edX learners not interested in pursuing a MsDi degree may opt either to complete online courses for free or pay a nominal fee to upgrade to a track that will showcase their experience through a verified certificate that will validate their work in each course and authenticate their identity. Successful completion and receipt of verified certificates for all of the required courses for one of the MicroMasters programs will yield a MicroMasters certificate from BU through edX.
Learners are offered an additional option. They can choose to complete one on-line course from the MicroMasters programs and combine it with two on-campus executive education programs to receive a certificate in digital technology from the Questrom School of Business Executive Leadership Center.
The MicroMasters programs are designed to enable participants to move rapidly into positions as project managers and entrepreneurs, as well as to position themselves for leadership roles as directors of business development, operations, human resources, or business strategy.
“We are very excited for the possibilities the MicroMasters model presents for students and faculty and the continued growth of digital learning at Boston University,” said BU Provost Jean Morrison. “These inaugural programs in the Questrom School of Business couple world-class curricula and course content with the convenience, flexibility, and accelerated timeline many rising professionals are looking for. They advance the digital infrastructure we have in place and help to put Boston University on excellent footing in this increasingly competitive marketplace.”
Digital Learning is a Major Thrust at Boston University
Originated by MIT in 2015, MicroMasters programs have become increasingly popular. With today’s announcement, 16 new programs from 12 universities are participating. MicroMaster’s programs are widely hailed by industry for their ability to shape and train new leaders with solid skills, providing deep learning in a specific career field, and the opportunity to earn a less expensive masters degree.
“We are proud to be a charter member of edX, and to stand with other forward-looking academic institutions in unveiling these new offerings,” said Chris Dellarocas, Associate Provost for Digital Learning & Innovation. “Our long-standing involvement with edX, along with our efforts in experiential and active classrooms, demonstrates BU’s commitment to stand in the forefront of digital learning.”
BU’s MicroMasters programs will begin in June of 2017 and are open for enrollment today, Feb. 28, 2017.