Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) by Subject

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) by Subject
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) by Subject

Proof Point

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects comprised 48% of MOOCs offered, with technology courses leading in 2017, according to Class Central data

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) by Subject

2017 (percentage)

Proof Point Findings

  • Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – Specialized course delivered through online platforms, often completed at self-pace, offered by educational and training institutions
  • STEM Subjects – Science including Health & Medicine (17.2%), Technology (19.9%), Engineering (7.1%), and Mathematics (3.3%) subjects made up 47.5% of MOOCs offered in online education platforms in 2017, with technology-related courses, such as machine learning and data science, most offered
  • Other Leading Courses – Business (18.5%) and Social Science (10.6%) courses also included in most offered topics online in 2017
  • Key Adoption Drivers – Include growing number of platforms offering courses in local languages, continuous diversification and expansion of topic coverage, heightening demand for up-to-date and highly-specialized skills, and increasing internet penetration, particularly in emerging markets


Market Disruption




Date Last Updated

September 18, 2018

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