Best personal finance courses of 2022

We looked at nearly 250 personal finance courses to find the ones to help you learn more about your money.

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Logan Sachon

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Logan Sachon

Logan Sachon

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Logan Sachon is an Insurance Expert and Senior Content Marketing Manager at Policygenius. She joined the company in 2018 as an Insurance Editor and has written extensively about insurance and personal finance for the Policygenius website and for the Easy Money by Policygenius weekly newsletter. 

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If you want to build your personal finance knowledge, a college-level course is a fantastic way to do it. And with the proliferation of online learning, it’s easier than ever to learn from home in your spare time, at your own pace. You can even do it for free, if you’re willing to audit the courses and forgo certificates. Coursera is a great resource for free online courses, including finance, investing, and accounting courses from prestigious universities, all available for free. We looked at all 241 personal finance course offerings on the platform from American and Canadian universities to determine the best personal finance courses you can take in 2022 (see our full methodology below).

Our picks

Finance for Non-Finance Professionals (Rice University)

Instructor: James Weston

Course enrollment: 126,000+

Course rating: 4.8

Instructor rating: 4.83

Time commitment: Approx. 14 hours

Ever wonder what you’d learn about finance if you pursued an MBA? This course gives you an MBA-level finance course at a conceptual level, all the info you need, and none of the details you don’t. The course is “intended to be a first step for anyone who is curious about understanding stock market’s valuation, or corporate finance.” 

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Financial Markets (Yale University)

Instructor: Robert Schiller 

Course enrollment: 1,000,000+

Course rating: 4.8

Instructor rating: 4.81

Time commitment: Approx. 33 hours

This course kicks off with the basics of financial markets and insurance and covers behavior finance, options and bonds markets, recent financial recessions and bubbles, investment, banking, and more. A broad and fascinating overview of the systems affecting your money.

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Financial Accounting Fundamentals (Darden School of Business, University of Virginia)

Instructor: Luann J. Lynch

Course enrollment: 109,000+

Course rating: 4.8 

Instructor rating: 4.86 

Time commitment: Approx. 14 hours 

What is personal finance if not budgeting, and what is budgeting if not bookkeeping? Learn the basics of accounting through clear instructional videos and by digging into the financial records of a “real” small business. Hands-on activities make sure you’ve processed what you’ve been taught, and by the end of the course you can expect to “draw basic conclusions about a company’s health.” 

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The Global Financial Crisis (Yale University)

Instructor: Andrew Metrick and Timothy Geithner

Course enrollment: 111,000+

Course rating: 4.8

Instructor rating: 4.81

Time commitment: Approx. 64 hours 

Where else can you learn about the details of the recent global financial crisis from a former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury? You’ll look at the causes, dive deep into housing and mortgages, look at the global impact, and learn about “safe assets and the global savings glut.” 

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Introduction to Financial Accounting (Wharton School of Business)

Instructor: Brian J. Bushee

Course enrollment: 249,000+

Course rating: 4.7

Instructor rating: 4.83

Time commitment: Approx. 13 hours 

Another well-rated intro to accounting course, this one comes from the renowned Wharton School of Business. The course starts by introducing “the foreign language” of accounting, and ensuring students are well-versed in the vocabulary of the practice, setting you up for success for the course — and your own financial life! 

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Finance for Everyone: Decisions, Arshad Ahmad (McMaster University)

Instructor: Arshad Ahmad

Course enrollment: 47,000+

Course rating: 4.7

Instructor rating: 4.68

Time commitment: Approx. 13 hours

\Part of a five-course Finance for Everyone specialization grouping, this course introduces students to the foundations of finance and free markets, not just so you can read the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s, but so you can “simplify important financial calculations and apply that knowledge to real-life decisions that can influence everything from how you pay for your car to where you live.”

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Finance for Everyone: Markets (McMaster University)

Instructor: Arshad Ahmad 

Course enrollment: 29,000+

Course rating: 4.7

Instructor rating: 4.68

Time commitment: Approx. 13 hours

The second Finance for Everyone course to make our list, this one focuses on interest rates and their role in determining “the value of everything.” The course promises that students will develop “insight into the intersections of the financial markets with worlds of policy, politics, and power.”

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Stocks and Bonds (University of Michigan)

Instructor: Gautam Kaul 

Course enrollment: 22,000+

Course rating: 4.6

Instructor rating: 4.72

Time commitment: Approx. 10 hours

This relatively short course aims to teach students all about stocks, bonds, and their pricing and valuation. The instructor promises that “after completing this course, you will have an understanding of the two fundamental and pervasive ways in which savers transfer money to governments and corporations,” plus how to use that knowledge in your own investing decisions. 

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Methodology

To determine the best personal finance courses of 2022, we looked at personal finance and personal finance-adjacent courses on Coursera, the online learning platform. We only looked at courses from accredited U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities. From 241 available courses, we narrowed the field down by only looking at courses that have had more than 20,000 students enrolled and a course rating of at least 4.0. This resulted in 15 courses, which we ranked with a scoring rubric, first by course rating and then by professor rating.