• Application Deadline
  • 2 months
The Economics for Business online program offers you the opportunity to explore global economics from a management perspective, guided by renowned economist Professor Roberto Rigobon. This MIT online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter.


This program offers an engaging mix of case studies, narratives, and problem-solving activities designed to provide you with an understanding of macroeconomics that will endure beyond the course.

Using both current and historical case studies, you’ll be introduced to key economic concepts, including the roles of central banks and governments, the creation and mitigation of financial crises, and the macroeconomic policies shaping international trade, among others.

By examining the effect of economic influences on business, you’ll walk away with a meaningful framework for reacting to macroeconomic forces in the context of your organization.

An online education that sets you apart

This online short course is delivered in collaboration with, GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. Join a growing community of global professionals who have already benefited from the opportunity to:

  • Earn invaluable recognition from atop-tier university, entirely online

  • Enjoy a personalized, people-mediated online learning experience

  • Experience flexible but structured online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Visit the course page on getsmarter.com to view upcoming session dates.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 2 months
    • Intensity 6 hrs/week
    • Duration description
        • 8 weeks, excluding 1-week orientation

        • 6-8 hours per week, entirely online*

        *Your learning takes place in your own time throughout the week, requiring only that you meet the criteria by each weekly deadline, prior to the release of the next module.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Self-paced, Semi-structured
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Course curriculum

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to Your Online Campus
  • Module 1: The Global Economy
  • Module 2: Consumer Confidence and Policy Effects
  • Module 3: Currencies, crises, and cryptos
  • Module 4: Measuring Economic Health: The Current Account
  • Module 5: Measuring Economic Health: The Labor Market
  • Module 6: Economic shocks
  • Module 7: Social and Political Factors
  • Module 8: Creating economic sustainability

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

No formal requirements necessary. Participants do however need access to a computer and the internet, as well as have an active email account.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2800 USD per year and a duration of 2 months.
  • National

    2800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2800 USD per year and a duration of 2 months.
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You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. If possible, you could also request financial assistance from your employer.

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