If you’ve been on the internet in the past 2 years, you’ve likely encountered a MasterClass ad.
But you may be wondering:
How much does MasterClass cost? How does MasterClass pricing work? Is it really worth the money?
These are the questions I’ll address in this article. I’ll be covering:
- How much MasterClass costs
- Is it worth the money
- MasterClass discounts
- MasterClass free trial
How much does MasterClass cost?
There are 3 main ways to buy MasterClass and this will reflect in the price.
|All-Access Pass (1 year subscription)||180|
|eGift All-Access Pass (1 year)||180|
|eGift Individual class (no expiration)||90|
An All-Access Pass means you can access all the 90+ courses on MasterClass.
Is MasterClass good value for money?
The best way to get value for money from MasterClass is with an All-Access Pass and by taking multiple classes.
This is because the more classes you take, the less the effective cost per class is.
|Number of classes you take (#)||Effective cost per class ($)|
If you take 10 MasterClass courses, you’re paying just $18 per course ($180 / 10 classes).
These aren’t courses compiled by no-name self-proclaimed experts. They are by world-class experts who can share their top-level tips on how to succeed.
You often see online courses on other platforms that are easily priced at $100+ per course but you’ve likely never heard of the tutor before.
With over 90+ courses available — and more being added all the time — even if only a handful of courses appeal to you, you’re getting insane value for money.
For example if you’re only interested in cooking:
You could take both of Gordon Ramsay’s MasterClasses, all three of Thomas Keller’s, Aaron Franklin's, Wolfgang Puck’s, Yotam Ottolenghi’s course, Massimo Bottura’s course and more all for $180. That essentially $22.50 per course to learn from the greats.
As well as cost per class, you can also consider what you’re paying on a monthly or daily basis.
$180 per year works out as:
- $15 per month which rivals the pricing of a Netflix plan
- $0.49 per day which is an amount most of us wouldn’t bat an eyelid at spending
The point is, while $180 may seem expensive at first, if you consider the value you are getting and how that compares against other courses, you actually realise it’s a great deal.
Is the single class option good value for money?
If there is only 1 course you are interested in then you can buy one course for $90 as a gift, and then gift it to yourself.
That process may seem a bit strange (buying it as a gift). And I think that’s because MasterClass wants you to buy an All-Access Pass to encourage you to get maximum value.
But with that said:
The single class option can be great value for money too. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
Most MasterClasses run around 3 hours.
What that means is that you’re getting insight into world-class achievement at just $30 per hour ($90 / 3 hours).
Compare that to what you might get charged by a local teacher, the average price:
- For a single music lesson is around $55
- For an acting class is around $45 per hour
- Of a cooking class is $45 per hour
So MasterClass is even cheaper, despite being taught by someone world famous.
Now obviously there is a time and place for in person lessons. I teach myself and now the enormous value that’s delivered in these classes. My aim here is to help you understand the value you stand to get from a MasterClass.
MasterClass discount options
It’s really rare to see a MasterClass discount. They’re a premium learning provider — they know it, and their students know it.
That means it’s not really necessary for them to drop their pricing.
Also, if you think about it, you’ll realise that MasterClass is already heavily discounted compared to the value you’re getting and the cost of alternatives.
MasterClass free trial
Unfortunately, MasterClass currently does not offer a free trial.
You can watch class trailers and you will occasionally see any option to view a class sample too. These samples are usually a couple of minutes of video taken directly from the course.
You can also browse our MasterClass reviews to get a sneak peak at what’s inside and whether the class is right for you.
Can I get a refund?
MasterClass does operate with a 30 day money back guarantee. That means that if you do sign up to MasterClass and don’t enjoy it, you will be able to get your money back* as long as you start your request within 30 days of your purchase.
It’s not quite a free trial as you still will have to initially pay the money. But at least you can try risk-free.
*There are some factors that can impact your ability to get a refund. Check out our MasterClass refund article here.
And so to sum up:
While MasterClass may seem expensive at first, if you take into account the value you get and compare it to the cost of alternatives, it’s likely you will find that MasterClass offers almost unbeatable value for money.
The best way to get the most value is by taking multiple courses, so I recommend you take a look at the courses on offer to see if you can find a couple that you like. Provided you can find at least 2 you like, I think you’ll be very happy.
You can always mitigate your risk by: watching trailers, class samples, and reading reviews.
And of course if you do buy and aren’t happy then you can get a refund
So what are you waiting for?
Frequently Asked Questions
MasterClass is $180 for an All-Access Pass that lasts 1 year. You can also buy a single class as a gift for $90.
MasterClass membership (known as an All-Access Pass) costs $180 per year, which works out equivalent to $15 per month.
No. Although you will often see the price listed as a monthly cost, you will need to pay the full annual amount at once.
MasterClass is a premium online learning platform and is not available for free (unless you’re lucky enough to be gifted it!)
Yes. MasterClass operates a 30 day money back guarantee. Full details visit our MasterClass refund page.
Glenda is an award winning full time professional harpist. Alongside harp she also plays the piano and violin. Besides music, her passions are cooking, writing and learning.