MasterClass Costs: What Exactly Is Included?

Catherine Cooke

16 May, 2021

MasterClass cost review

If you are considering MasterClass, then finding out all about its costs are essential before deciding if this famous online learning platform is for you. In this MasterClass pricing guide. I’ll try to explain to you in detail; How its Memberships work, What exactly is included, Its refund policy and much more.

What Is MasterClass: An Overview

MasterClass is a celebrity-powered online learning platform. This platform has celebrities and VIPs teaching its 100+ online courses from 11 categories. MasterClass classes are engaging and well produced, almost cinematic in style, and its VIP instructors leave you feeling very inspired. So if you are looking to learn songwriting and producing from Alicia Keys or modern middle eastern cooking from Yotam Ottolenghi then this is definitely the platform for you.

> You can read the full detailed MasterClass review here

Overview Of MasterClass Costs

MasterClass offers only one pricing model which is its annual membership. The annual membership costs $180 per year that works out at $15 a month. The subscription gives you unlimited access to all its classes and new classes that are added monthly. MasterClass currently has a catalog of 100+ classes taught by one of its 100+ VIP instructors. It includes classes on a wide variety categories; Food, Music, Writing, Community & Government, Design & Style, Business, Science & Tech, Wellness, Arts & Entertainment, Sports & Gaming and Home & Lifestyle.

Note: MasterClass subscriptions may be subject to local government taxes, which means a tax will be added to the final $180 price. The tax amount will vary by country, state, territory and even city.

MasterClass annual subscription

MasterClass Offers

Several times a year MasterClass runs a special 2 memberships for the price of 1 promotion. This means you can buy one annual membership and gift another one to a friend, colleague or loved one. At the time of writing this article MasterClass was running this offer. So if you are lucky enough to be signing up when this promotion is running, I say go for it.

MasterClass offers 2 memberships for price of 1

MasterClass Registration

The MasterClass Registration is super easy and straightforward. Once you land on the homepage and have decided to go ahead with purchasing a MasterClass membership all you need to do is enter your email address and click on GET STARTED (see image below).

MasterClass subscription

Then you will be taken to a secure order page where you just need to add your card number, expire date and CVC and then click on PLACE SECURE ORDER (see image below).

MasterClass secure payment

Now you are ready to start exploring the MasterClass catalog and enjoying its 100+ classes from its wide variety of categories and instructors.

What’s included in a MasterClass membership?

An annual MasterClass membership, will give you full access to the MasterClass catalog that includes all of its new classes which are added monthly. You will be able to go back and rewatch its classes as many times as you please. I want to highlight below some of the key resources and features that you get with your MasterClass membership.


With each class, you are provided with a PDF workbook which is downloadable. The workbook is stylishly put together and has a helpful summary of everything said in the video. It is a practical resource which you can reference back and summarises all the main points. That means if you aren’t keen on taking notes you’ve got it all in front of you.

Quick Lists

This feature allows you to sample bits and pieces of different classes. It allows you to mix and match Masterclass classes on one specific topic from say ‘Leadership’ or ‘Communication’. These pre-made collections of videos from different instructors will help you to dive a little deeper into your chosen topic.


MasterClass has created a hub where you can interact with fellow students and ask any questions or engage in discussions. There are some students who really take full advantage of this feature, giving feedback and are an active part of the community. But there are other cases where the discussions seem to be standing still and don’t have any interaction.

MasterClass App

The Masterclass app allows you to stream anytime, anywhere and at your own pace. The content quality is excellent and its videos play seamlessly. Even on the smaller screens of an iPhone or Android you still have that cinematic feel. It has a 4.9 rating on Apple and a 4.5 rating on Google Play.

> You can sign up for a MasterClass membership here

Is MasterClass Free?

Sadly, MasterClass doesn’t offer any free classes or trials. If you are looking for free courses or classes it may be best to check out Udemy or Skillshare, they both have a wide diverse catalogue of topics.

MasterClass for Businesses

Like many other online learning platforms, MasterClass is no different and offers a subscription for Businesses. It has a couple of options either Teams or Businesses.

  • For Teams: 5-20 people
  • For Businesses: 20+ people

MasterClass for Business

MasterClass for Businesses

MasterClass offers discounts on groups purchasing more than 5 annual memberships. Its discounts vary from 5-35%. Sadly, I don’t have any final prices as this would all depend on your team size and needs, if you are interested you can contact sales to discussion further.

Accepted Payment Methods & Currencies

You can purchase your MasterClass annual membership using a credit card or PayPal. The available credit cards are Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

MasterClass Refunds

MasterClass does offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. So if you do decide that MasterClass isn’t the online platform for you, then all you need to do is email within 30 days of the date of purchasing your subscription, and you will receive a full refund.

MasterClass Alternatives

After reading this MasterClass costs article you may or may not have decided if MasterClass is for you. If you have decided that MasterClass isn’t the online platform for you for reasons like the following;

  • I was looking for an individual course and not a membership/subscription
  • I am for something more budget friendly
  • I want to earn a validated certificate on course completion

If this is your case, I thought it would be helpful to put together some alternative online learning platform for you to consider.


If are looking to purchase an individual course instead of the subscription model, then Udemy is one of the best alternatives. Its courses vary from a few hours worth of material or months or content, but it requires only a one off payment. Udemy’s range of courses are diverse and there really is no limit to what you could learn with categories like “Finance & Accounting” to “Lifestyle”.

Udemy is an individual course alternative for MasterClass

Udemy is a one off payment alternative for MasterClass

If you are looking for a career change or gain a new professional skill or want to dabble in an exciting new hobby like cake decorating, then Udemy has it all. The best part is there are over 6,700 free courses.

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If you want a cheaper alternative to MasterClass which also works on a subscription model, then Skillshare could be your answer. This elearning platform is aimed at creatives and entrepreneurs with access to over 25,000 courses in its paid subscription plan.

Skillshare a cheaper alternative to MasterClass

Skillshare a cheaper alternative to MasterClass

Be aware that Skillshare doesn’t issue completion certificates, but some of its courses are created by top industry professionals and big companies like MailChimp, Google or Moz.

Read Skillshare Review



If it is important for you to receive an accredited certificate on course completion, then Coursera may be a good option as it partners with secondary educational institutions like Stanford, The Imperial College of London or Duke University.

Coursera is an alternative to MasterClass for its accredited certificates

Coursera is an alternative to MasterClass for its accredited certificates

You can join most Coursera courses for free, however, if you are looking to get a certificate, you will need to pay for the course (or program). There are different types of elearning programs available: individual courses (cost $29 to $100), Specializations (cost is $39 to $89 a month), Coursera yearly subscriptions ($399) and complete degrees (starting at $15,000).

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MasterClass Costs: Last Thoughts

I am hoping now you have a clearer idea of MasterClasses pricing and subscription. It is important before purchasing to consider exactly what you are looking for, and you’re budget. Let me briefly summarize them:

If you are looking to get inspired by some legendary and famous teachers, then MasterClass really has this one covered. You will definitely leave its classes pumped, ready and motivated.

As I have mentioned before its video quality is superb and no expense has been spared on the camerawork, lighting and sound in producing these cinematic style video classes. It really makes the watch highly engaging and absorbing.

The $180 annual subscription may seem a little steep at first, but when you break it down to paying $15 per month, it doesn’t seem quite as much. Especially given the fact you have access to 100+ classes and with new ones being added monthly.

Finally, if for whatever reason you do decide MasterClass isn’t for you, you are entitled to a full refund within 30 days of purchasing its membership.

Please, leave a comment below if you have any questions, and I’ll do my best to help you out.

Catherine Cooke

Hey. I am Catherine and have been working as a freelancer for many years now and I believe that you are in charge of your own destiny. If learning a new skill or having a career change is something you want to do, then there is no better time than the present. If you have a question please feel free to ask me anything or leave me a comment.
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