University of Pennsylvania Brings Ivy League Degree to Coursera

Ivy League degrees are coming for the nontraditional student.

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, The University of Pennsylvania is partnering with Coursera to offer a fully online master’s degree in computer and informational technology for $26,300, roughly 1/3 of the campus version’s price tag. This follows the path trailblazed by Georgia Tech and Udacity, who now have the largest computer science master’s degree program in the country, but at an even much lower price point of $7,000.

While there are concerns these kinds of degrees will cheapen or cannibalize their traditional offerings, the prospect of scaling big for institutions can be too exciting to pass up.

The takeaway? The promise of the democratization of high-quality and low-cost degrees continues to get closer as self-paced online education gets better and better. But at what point in this arc will the traditional classroom become a ridiculous luxury in comparison?

Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.