For 1st time, MIT’s free online classes can carry credit

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — For the first time, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will offer course credit for its free online classes.

The university announced Wednesday that students will be able to take a semester of online courses and then earn a “MicroMaster’s” degree in the school’s supply chain management graduate program. Students who do well during the online semester can apply to finish the one-year program on campus.

Although the courses are free, the university says earning the MicroMaster’s degree will carry a modest fee. MIT leaders called it a more affordable route to a degree.

Some other schools, including Arizona State University, have started offering free online courses with the option to pay later for course credit. MIT is among the first to follow in the upper tier of U.S. universities.

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