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Intro to Microeconomics

  • Earn 3 transferable credits
  • 100% online and Zoom-free
  • Includes everything you need

Course cost $597

Original price: $1332

Monthly payment option available

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  • Fun + Flexible

  • Affordable

  • Course

    From the co-founder of MasterClass, Outlier’s groundbreaking Intro to Microeconomics will show you how small individual choices shape today’s complex economic systems.

    In this course, you’ll explore what goes down at the wild intersection of money and humanity. Experience for yourself how abstract concepts like supply and demand play out IRL in our high-stakes decision-making games. Play as a business leader and see firsthand how your choices ripple out and impact the big picture.

    From game theory to labor unions, and from monopoly to poverty, our 6 world-class instructors use fascinating real-world examples to bring Microeconomics to life.

  • Brilliant

    Meet our hand-picked team of charismatic economics instructors from Barnard, Columbia, and beyond. offering a variety of backgrounds and points of view, for a modern approach to a traditional topic. You’ll never see your world the same way again.

  • How It

    Enroll in a cohort that fits your schedule, starting every two weeks.

    Enjoy cinematic video lessons (our CEO co-founded MasterClass).

    Enhance your learning with gorgeous interactive textbooks based on active learning principles.

    When it is time for exams, open windows are designed to fit around your schedule.

  • Dedicated

    Hit a snag on the site? Have a burning question? We’ve got you covered.

    Our dedicated Student Success team is available to assist you—and push you—to help you pass with flying colors.

    And, if for some reason you do the work but do not pass, we will offer a full refund*.

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Full refund if you do the work and don't pass

If you’ve put in the time and effort to do all the work for a course but do not receive a passing grade, that’s on us and you will receive a full refund. You may also exit the course before the drop deadline to receive a full refund (14 days from start for 14-week courses).

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Traditional course Outlier Intro to Microeconomics

Cost Per Course

$1332 on average

Cost Per Course

$597 with monthly payment option


Usually 3-4 credits from your school


3 transferable credits from the University of Pittsburgh


Pay full price


Full refund if you do the work and don't pass


In-person or Zoom


Interactive and 100% online (Zoom-free)


1 per class


6 hand-picked instructors


Specific time and place


On-demand, anywhere


Specific hour


Flexible window

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What you’ll learn

This course covers all the basic principles and latest microeconomics topics you’ll need for college credit (and then some).

  • How to work smarter, not harder

  • How to use science to make life’s most important decisions, like whether to eat out or dine in

  • What did 2020 mean for the economy?

  • What was really behind the Industrial Revolution?

  • The underlying nature of the relationship between supply and demand

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  • We recommend students have earned at least a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. You must be 13 or older and willing to commit yourself academically to enroll in our courses. Students attempting Outlier courses should be ready for the academic rigor of college-level coursework.

    In addition, you'll need Wi-Fi and a laptop or desktop computer. (You can stream lectures in our iPhone app, but you'll need a computer to complete the rest of your courses.)

  • When you Audit an Outlier course, it simply means you’re taking the course without the expectation of earning credits or impacting your college transcript. You will not receive a grade, a transcript, nor credits, and will not be participating in exams.

    Audit Path is ideal for:

    -High school students who are looking to add sparkle to their college applications, or learn more about a subject, but wish to avoid the burden of impacting their permanent records.

    -Lifelong learners who want to take a serious course but aren’t interested in receiving grades or college credits.

    Audit Path includes:

    -Lifetime access. Your course will never expire.

    -Access to all course materials (except midterms and final exams).

    -Access to our Student Success team to ensure you’re still reaching your learning goals.

    Audit Path makes you exempt from the following:

    -Quizzes (though Auditing students can still participate)

    -Midterm finals/grade

    -Final exams/grade

    If Auditing sounds right for you, after registering for your course, simply email us at success@outlier.org and let us know you’d like to go the Audit path. Note: You must contact us with this request before the drop deadline for your course.

  • Tutoring sessions will be scheduled to maximize compatibility with students’ schedules and availability. Exams and writing assignments (when applicable) are each open to take for a set window of time (usually several days); however, all other course materials are available to you from the time the course opens through the end of the final exam window.

  • If you have a request for reasonable disability accommodations, contact success@outlier.org. Please include specifics regarding the accommodation you are seeking. Additionally, if you have a disability accommodations letter from a school you are currently attending, you may send that to us as well.

    Outlier is committed to ensuring that learners with accessibility needs have equal opportunity to succeed in our courses.

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