A MicroMasters program is a graduate-level certificate program offered online by some universities in collaboration with edX. MicroMasters programs are recognized by employers such as Walmart, GE, and IBM. Unlike a traditional master's degree, a MicroMasters credential allows a student to transfer coursework toward credit for a traditional master's program (at participating universities) should he or she later choose.
The first MicroMasters credential was offered in 2015 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in supply chain management. Students complete the coursework for the supply chain MicroMasters program through distance learning and can use it as a stand-alone credential, or continue to earn a master's degree through one semester of on-campus completion coursework at MIT (after being accepted to campus program). Other universities that offer MicroMasters credentials include the Columbia University, University of Queensland, Arizona State University, Thunderbird School of Global Management, and the University of Michigan.
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