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Get a glimpse of a MSU degree program for a fraction of the cost – from $90/month*.


Complete on your own time, on your own terms in 2 months or less. Start on the first of the next month.


Our courses give today’s most talented people the tools for tomorrow. Apply your new skills right away.


Show off your skills to your professional network. Stack courses together and get on track for a degree.

Drive your career, step
by step

Get closer to your ultimate career goal with MSU  100% online courses. Choose from intermediate or advanced courses. If you enjoy the next-generation experience, you could upgrade to a MSU degree.

Every course stands alone as a complete qualification. Courses are the smallest units of learning at MSU . Use them to jump on to your path to the career you want. Courses add up to make certificates. Certificates add up to make degrees. So, even if you start small, you’re on your way to a Bachelor or Master of Business Administration degree.

Intermediate Courses
Choose intermediate courses if you’re at the start or in the middle of your career
or if you’re more experienced and want to reskill.
360° Marketing

Enrich the customer experience and position your brand in a competitive landscape with a 360° marketing strategy. Discover how marketing works in a digital-first world. You’ll cover all aspect of digital marketing, advertising and SEO, including branding, strategy, management and analytics. Then, you’ll put your skills to the test and learn how to communicate in a digital marketplace.


  • Branding and Creative Direction

  • Marketing Strategy and Planning

  • Marketing Channels, Tactics and Management

  • Digital Advertising and Search Engine Optimization

AI and the Future of Automation
Business Technology

Master AI and learn how to harness its benefits for business. Automation technology will deliver advantages for businesses and the economy – and if you learn to use it now, you’ll reap the benefits in the future. You’ll cover an introduction to AI, machine learning, predictive analytics, robotics and IoT, and the fundamentals of cybersecurity.


  • Introduction to AI

  • Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics

  • Foundations of Robotics and IoT

  • Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

Building a Tech Startup

Start and grow your own tech venture. Learn the skills you need to build a tech startup from the ground up and launch your innovative ideas. You’ll cover the basics of entrepreneurship and product marketing, and get to know tech, financial and legal requirements involved in launching a startup. Then, apply your skills in real-world business scenarios.


  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship

  • Product and Marketing Skills for Founders

  • Technical Skills for Non-Technical Founders

  • Founders, Financing, and Legal

Business Analytics

What do data collection and machine learning have in common? Discover this – and more – in the Business Analytics certificate. Embrace analytics, foster a data-driven culture, and get to know the fundamentals of data analysis in changing global markets. You’ll cover statistics and data analysis and machine learning and predictive analytics. Then, communicate your findings


  • Statistics

  • Data Analytics

  • Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics

  • Data Analysis and Visualization

Digital Transformation
Business Technology

How will digital innovation shape the world of business? Learn how to seize the opportunities and respond to the threats that come with a changing digital world. Explore how to create authentic customer experiences, manage products and supply chains, and bring your financial systems into the cloud. Innovate in a digital-first world.


  • Introduction to Digital Transformation

  • Digitizing Customer Experiences

  • Digitizing Product Management

  • Digitizing Supply Chain Management

  • Digitizing Finance

Doing Business Across Emerging Markets
International business

Explore cutting edge research, insights and practical tools to successfully navigate and lead business in emerging markets in Asia, Africa, and South and Central America. Learn about the most populated regions on earth, and track the expansion of middle income earners. Discover how changing demographics and political climates affect business. 


  • Business and Culture in China

  • Business and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Business and Culture in India

  • Business and Culture in Brazil

  • Business and Culture in Latin America

Explore degrees

Study for a degree program with a difference. At Nexford you can develop essential skills 100% online and achieve your career goals at a flexible pace.

Advanced certificates
Choose advanced certificates if you’re an experienced professional who wants to go even further.
Partnering with industry leaders

We surveyed industry leaders who employ more than 2.5 million people worldwide.

Executives from the following companies

and many more – participated in our global employer needs survey to help inform our curriculum design.


Support At Every Level

We take your success seriously – so you’ll have the same support as our degree learners.


As part of the community, you'll have a dedicated Success Advisor to give you individual support.


You’ll get personal feedback from full-time faculty


they even have dedicated office hours three days a week.


And you’ll be part of a diverse worldwide network of learners who you can connect with daily


through interactive forums and team projects.

Certificates FAQs
Got a specific question? Check out our most popular FAQs.

Madison State University  is a mission-driven organization established as a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC). This means while we’re for-profit, we prioritize public benefit over profit. MSU only becomes profitable at scale, which means that we’ve designed our business model to sustain financial losses over a number of years in exchange for public benefit and long-term profits.
In addition to our mission, we’re affordable thanks to our customer-centric model, how efficiently we operate and how we leverage cutting-edge technology. MSU was established to make exceptional higher education more accessible. You only pay for the time you’re enrolled at MSU , not for each course you take. This means if you take two courses at a time you’ll pay the same fee you’d pay if you were taking just one –saving money. Finish your program faster, you’ll pay even less. And we won't slow you down. If you’re performing well and your grades are good, we encourage you to progress as quickly through your program as you can, depending on how you're doing. After all, we want you to succeed.

Online institutions vary in quality, so you're right to ask the question. MSU  is trustworthy and legitimate because it has been reviewed by and granted a license to operate as an institution of higher education by the District of Colorado Higher Education Licensure Commission. We're also accredited by Accreditation Service for International Colleges, which is an international accreditation. If you're a learner in the US, you wouldn't be granted federal aid at MSU  . It’s worth adding that our pricing model is designed to eliminate the need for federal financial aid in the first place!

MSU  graduates are just as qualified as any traditional university degree holder, and they’re also likely to have more relevant competencies. The kind that modern employers urgently require. Our academic programs are designed based on industry and employment needs. We align with real employers to equip you with the skills to thrive in today’s workplace.

Yes, we do. Potential, talent and drive exist in every corner of the world. But right now, opportunity doesn’t. That’s why we’re making it easier for you to achieve your goals with MSU  scholarships.

Scholarships help learners who are academically prepared for college but who lack the financial means to attend.

Please note that you’ll need to meet the criteria and our admission requirements.

Yes, there’s a one-off application fee. It costs $99. If you want to re-apply you don’t need to fill in another application, but you will need to pay the fee again.

To see how much your program costs, check out our cost calculator, which factors in the time it takes to complete your courses. Remember, how fast you progress is up to you, and you pay a monthly flat fee each month.

You’re on the right page for the full admission requirements: check them out!

Unlike traditional universities, with their quarter or semester systems, MSU academic calendar enables you to complete just as many courses, in a similar timeframe, but to do so without taking all of them at once.

Not having to take three or four courses at the same time allows you to really focus on each course and thoroughly master its content.  It also means you can balance your studies with other areas of your life.  And if you are able to pursue an Accelerated Learning Path by taking multiple courses concurrently, it enables you to move very rapidly through your program.

Every MSU course is structured as a series of six ordered modules, with each module building on the one before. In addition to course assignments, at the end of each module, you must also complete an assessment to demonstrate your mastery of course content.

When you begin your course, all six modules will be open to you so you can see what lies ahead. However, you’ll be expected to complete all six modules, including their assessments, in order – and you must complete all six before you can start the last component of the course. Every course culminates with a major final project that ties all your learning together and focuses on a relevant real-world scenario.

Everything you need to know about any course, you’ll find on the syllabus posted on the course website. And if anything is unclear, don’t worry.  You’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask your course advisors questions.

What’s course-based advising? Simply this: there are people in your courses who you can reach out to any time to discuss questions or concerns you may have, whether they be minor ones. Who are your course advisors? Your professors! Who better to support you than the people who are expert in the subject matter you’re studying, and guiding your learning experience. In much of the world, the relationship between professors and learners is a distant one. But not at MSU .

We won’t be able to provide updates on your application while it’s still under review. However, we guarantee you’ll learn the outcome of your admission review within just seven days of when you apply.

The EF Standard English Test is a free online English test designed to meet the same high technical standards as the other standardized tests in the field, such as the TOEFL or IELTS. The test takes just 50 minutes and you don't need to do any preparation work. If you pass, you’ll receive an internationally recognized EF SET certificate.

Here are some tips to help you:

  1. The test may begin with difficult reading or listening questions – but don’t worry! Just move on if the questions are too hard
    2. You won’t lose points for wrong answers, but try to decide on the best choice
    3. Don’t spend too long on one reading or listening task – remember you have 25 minutes to complete each section and within each section, you'll have multiple questions.

Yes, of course you will! Before you join MSU  global community, you'll get to know our learning environment, our academic programs, and our extensive support resources. MSU  Orientation is inspired by a typical MSU  class, divided into six modules and built in MSU  online learning environment, NEO. Each module focuses on a different subject and features various informative videos. After completing a module, you’ll complete a short assessment to see if you understood the information covered – don’t stress; they’re only there to help you focus. The purpose of our orientation is for you to feel confident and comfortable before starting your first class at MSU  .

MSU  is trustworthy and legitimate because it has been reviewed by and granted a license to operate as an institution of higher education by the District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission. We're also accredited by Accreditation Service for International Colleges, which is an international accreditation. If you're a learner in the US, you wouldn't be granted federal aid at MSU  at this stage. It’s worth adding that our pricing model is designed to eliminate the need for federal financial aid in the first place! To see the total cost of your tuition, view our tuition page.

We also offer scholarships to help learners who are academically prepared for college but who lack the financial means to attend.

Read more about scholarships. Please note that you’ll need to meet the criteria and our admission requirements.

Our Admissions Team can also advise you on localized financial support.

Invest in your future, not in a campus. Having a MSU campus would increase our costs and, therefore, we would need to raise your tuition. Our learners are our main concern. We keep our operating costs low by being a 100% online, next-generation university. This way, we don’t need to maintain expensive classroom buildings, a campus you don’t need, and other expensive add-ons.

As steve hall, MSU founder and CEO, says: “Imagine a world where students could opt out of utilizing or accessing expensive new campus facilities in exchange for a lower yearly tuition.” You don’t need to imagine any longer. That’s precisely what we’re doing.

Yes! We know that graduation is a time to celebrate your success with your friends, family and loved ones, so while our programs are 100% online, you’ll have an opportunity to celebrate at a ceremony close to home. We won’t ask you to travel, get a visa or pay expensive fees to join in with this celebratory event!