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Free Online Courses Smartly

  • Best for:
    High achieving graduates
    Finance, Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship
    Type of learning:
    Academic, Professional
    Course type:
    Interactive, bite-sized online lessons
    Licensed MBA degree & Business Certificates
    Learning pathways:
    MBA degree
    Mobile Apps:
    iOS & Android
    Smartly offers a highly selective MBA degree with courses in Finance, Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship that is completely free for admitted students. Each course is delivered in the Smartly app on your mobile device or computer in bite-sized lessons that take between 5 and 10 minutes. Students can finish the program in just four to eight months.

    Aligned with the world's leading business schools, the MBA degree comprises courses across business disciplines including Finance, Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship. The Smartly MBA degree consists of 9 core concentrations. Each one contains required courses, with up to 120 interactive, feedback-based lessons between 5 and 10 minutes in duration. To earn your MBA degree, you must complete all courses in the MBA curriculum within the required time frame, achieve scores of at least 80% in the graded SMARTCASE lessons, and pass the final MBA exam.

    The Smartly MBA program also connects successful applicants to a network of employers around the world, actively seeking MBA candidates. By charging its corporate partners recruitment fees, Smartly is able to keep the MBA program free for students.

    The Smartly MBA program isn't yet formally accredited. However, Smartly is licensed by the Washington DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education Higher Education Licensure Commission, meaning that Smartly confers a licensed MBA degree. Smartly does plan to seek accreditation in the future.

    Tools & Features
    • Enrollment by application only
    • Preliminary Business Foundations course
    • 600 bite-sized interactive lessons on 9 business subjects
    • Continuous feedback
    • MBA curriculum
    • Course library
    • User dashboard
    • Sample course schedule
    • Graded lessons
    • Weekly assignments


    • Independent final MBA exam
    • Business Certificates

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Raphael
    "Smartly is the future"
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    Pros - Free, fully-licensed MBA with top-notch course content if you are accepted and you can work through the courses anywhere on what works with your schedule.
    Cons - No professors or TAs, meant for self-getters.
    I had been thinking about an MBA for a while and had studied and taken my GMAT and even applied to a few top schools when I found out about Smartly and its innovative education platform and approach to higher education that no longer puts the incredible financial pressure onto the students. While it is extremely selective, it expands the market for potential MBA students to those of us who were delaying or dreaming about it because of money, work, life and has been an amazing experience so far. The amount of material taught and retained through its bite-sized, quiz-like platform is really surprising and I can't wait to see what's planned next for Smartly's future.
    Carolyn likes this.

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