edX MicroBachelors® Program Pathway Initiative

Earn College Credit.
Get Your Tuition Covered.

Gain In-Demand Skills.
At Zero Cost.

High-quality education and the opportunity for economic advancement should be accessible to all, regardless of background. That’s why, together with Jobs for the Future (JFF) and with funding from the Charles Koch Foundation, edX is offering qualified adult learners the opportunity to earn college credit at zero cost.

Don’t have a traditional four-year degree? Apply for the opportunity to enroll—for free—in the following MicroBachelors® programs:

  • Statistics Fundamentals from The London School of Economics
  • Mathematics and Statistics Fundamentals from The London School of Economics
  • Marketing Essentials from Doane University
  • Business and Professional Communication for Success from Doane University
  • Full Stack Application Development from IBM

What are edX MicroBachelors® programs?

MicroBachelors® programs are designed for adult learners who do not hold a traditional four-year degree, and want to build relevant skills and strengthen their resumes. These rigorous, self-paced, and career-oriented programs are offered by leading global organizations in partnership with edX.

If you apply and are accepted into the edX MicroBachelors® Program Pathway Initiative, you will receive the following at no cost to you:

  • Access one of the five MicroBachelors® programs outlined below.
  • Transferable college credit.
  • The opportunity to interview at companies like Smoothstack and FDM, for roles that don’t require a traditional four-year degree.

If you want to continue your studies after completing your MicroBachelors® program, the academic credits you earn may count as transferable college credits that can be applied toward a full bachelor’s degree.1

Who is Eligible?

We encourage you to apply for the edX MicroBachelors® Program Pathway Initiative if you are eligible. To qualify, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Not hold a bachelor’s degree.
  • Be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Be able to commit to follow-up surveys on work-related updates.

Only 500 applicants will be accepted into this program. Eligible applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Don’t qualify for this program? Explore other opportunities with edX

What is the Start Date?

Programs begin in November 2023. Accepted participants will be notified by October 2023 at the latest.


500 adults who aspire to earn transferable college credit from one of edX's university credit partners with MicroBachelors programs on edX at no cost

Start date:

Programs begin in November

Opportunities Provided:

  • personalized, one-to-one career coaching
  • opportunity to interview at a company seeking qualified candidates for roles that don’t require a traditional two or four-year degree.


  • Is 18 years or older
  • Do not have a bachelor’s degree
  • Is eligible to work in the United States
  • Desire to train for an entry or mid-level role requiring tech or business skills
  • Can commit to follow up surveys on work-related updates

About Jobs for the Future (JFF)

Jobs for the Future (JFF) drives transformation of the U.S. education and workforce systems to achieve equitable economic advancement for all. 

About The Charles Koch Foundation

The Charles Koch Foundation partners with social entrepreneurs to remove the barriers that prevent people from reaching their potential. It does this by supporting innovations in postsecondary education that allow all learners to discover, develop, and deploy their unique aptitudes and gifts to benefit themselves and others. CKF also supports best in class research exploring the key issues of society, such as immigration, criminal justice, and economic progress.

About edX

As a mission-driven organization, we're relentlessly pursuing our vision of a world where every learner can access education to unlock their potential, without the barriers of cost or location.

¹ Each program comes with real, transferable college credit from one of edX's university credit partners. Combined with previous credit you may have already collected or plan to obtain in the future, MicroBachelors® programs put you on a path to earning a full bachelor's degree. When you successfully complete a MicroBachelors® program you will have an opportunity to elect academic credit from colleges and universities that have reviewed the program and have agreed to grant credit for completion without extra fees or hassles.