50 Enlightening Graduate-Level Open Courseware Classes

by Linda on April 02, 2010

Even if your focus might be on nursing, you may have other interests such as governmental policies, environmental issues or managerial economics. With Open Courseware, you can pursue learning and realize — at the graduate level — how to expand your interests into your work to make your work more enjoyable. What better way to continue to learn than through enlightening courses that are free and open to anyone with an Internet connection?

The following courses were gathered from colleges and universities that offer Open Courseware. The list is categorized and each link leads straight to the course. The university connection is added to each course description.

CreativityCreative and Critical Thinking

  1. Action Research for Educational, Professional, and Personal Change: A knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods for design and analysis is helpful [UMass Boston].
  2. eCommunities: Analysis and Design of Online Interaction Environments: Background in design and sociological theory is useful for this course [Open Michigan].
  3. Game Theory for Managers: Learn how to think strategically in complex, interactive environments [MIT].
  4. Laboratory for Sustainable Business: Learn about the massive challenges of moving traditional business toward sustainability [MIT].
  5. Processes of Research and Engagement: Learn new tools for research, writing and communication [UMass Boston].
  6. Professional Practice in Libraries and Information Centers: Prepares students for need-based, client-centered professional practice in a variety of information environments [Open Michigan].
  7. Seminar on Digital Libraries: This seminar is multi-disciplinary in focus and in method [Open Michigan].


  1. Advanced Corporate Risk Management: This is a course in how corporations make use of the insights and tools of risk management [MIT].
  2. Information Economics: Analyze strategic issues faced by for-profit and not-for-profit organizations [Open Michigan].
  3. International Business: This list of courses serves both as a graduate-level resource and undergraduate refresher to international finance [MSU Global].
  4. Macroeconomics for Managers: A broad overview of macroeconomic theory and policy [Utah State].
  5. Managerial Economics: The application of microeconomics to management decisions [Utah State].
  6. Organizational Economics: The course introduces the classic papers and some recent research [MIT].


  1. Atmospheric Radiation: Includes remote sensing including use of computer codes [MIT].
  2. Environmental Philosophy: Course depends upon knowledge about ecology, thermodynamics, economics, value theory, philosophy and environmental history [Notre Dame].
  3. Introduction to Seismology: Learn about the elastic wave propagation in layered media [MIT].
  4. Nature and the Built Environment: A graduate architecture course concerned with natural resources [Notre Dame].
  5. Past and Present Climate: This course is offered in undergraduate and graduate levels [MIT].
  6. Prediction and Predictability in the Atmosphere and Oceans: Forecasting as the ultimate form of model validation [MIT].
  7. Quasi-Balanced Circulations in Oceans and Atmospheres: Learn dynamics of large-scale circulations in oceans and atmospheres [MIT].
  8. Soil-based Hazardous Waste Management: Engineering management of hazardous wastes [Utah State].
  9. Technology Dynamics for Sustainable Innovation: Learn how to identify barriers for technological change [TUDelft].
  10. Watermanagement in Urban Areas: Gain knowledge of basic principles and overall relations in urban water management systems.

Medicine and HealthMedicine and Health

  1. Biomedical Information Technology: Learn about the design of contemporary information systems for biological and medical data [MIT].
  2. Corporate Finance for Health Care Administrators: Gather the knowledge of finance and accounting necessary to manage health care organizations [Open Michigan].
  3. Death: This course is included because of its rarity in academia [Yale].
  4. Designing and Sustaining Technology Innovation for Global Health Practice: Innovation in global health practice requires leaders who are trained to think and act like entrepreneurs [MIT].
  5. Fundamentals of Epidemiology II: Focus on various epidemiologic study designs for investigating associations between risk factors and disease outcomes [Johns Hopkins].
  6. Managing Long-Term Care Services for Aging Populations: A conceptual framework for planning, organizing, and delivering services to the elderly [Johns Hopkins].
  7. Medicine III: This is the final course for dental students to learn more about the compromised patient [Tufts].
  8. Public Hygiene and Epidemiology: Human pathology related to water and sanitation is dealt with, as well as the relation between health and society and environment [TUDelft].
  9. Statistical Reasoning II: Gain a broad overview of biostatistical methods and concepts used in the public health sciences [Johns Hopkins].


  1. Advanced Solid State Physics: This course is useful to learn how to read and understand scientific papers [TUDelft].
  2. Advanced Statistical Mechanics: Gain a working knowledge of statistical mechanics on the intermediate level [TUDelft].
  3. Astrophysics I: A graduate-level introduction to stellar astrophysics [MIT].
  4. Mesoscopic Physics: Reach understanding of electronic properties of meso-size conductors and more [TUDelft].
  5. Quantum Information Processing: Learn about the basic concepts in this rapidly developing field [TUDelft].
  6. Quantum Mechanics: Quantum mechanical applications at the research level [Utah State].
  7. Relativistic Quantum Field Theory: Applications in elementary particle physics and condensed matter physics [MIT].
  8. Statistical Physics in Biology: A survey of problems at the interface of statistical physics and modern biology [MIT].
  9. String Theory: A graduate class about gauge/gravity duality and applications [MIT].
  10. Systems Biology: An overview of modeling techniques in molecular biology and genetics, cell biology and developmental biology [MIT].

Military OrganizationPolitics and Policy

  1. Collective Choice I: This is an applied theory course covering topics in the political economy of democratic countries [MIT].
  2. Digital Government 2: Information Technology and Democratic Administration: This course takes on emerging directions in democratic administration and the shifting role of information technologies [Open Michigan].
  3. Force and Strategy: This is an intensive three-part course that provides an overview of the role of force in international politics [Tufts].
  4. Global Climate Change: Economics, Science, and Policy: An integrated approach to analysis of climate change processes [MIT].
  5. Intellectual Property and Information Law: Explore legal and policy frameworks for the development and dissemination of ideas and expression [Open Michigan].
  6. Sustainable Development: Theory and Policy: Examine alternative conceptions and theoretical underpinnings of the notion of “sustainable development” [MIT].
  7. Values, Ethics, and Public Policy: Addressing moral and political values in the American policy process [Open Michigan].
  8. Warlords, Terrorists, and Militias: Theorizing on Violent Non-State Actors: Though thematically-driven, this course also references cases from the contemporary battlefields of insurgency and terrorism [MIT].

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