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Harvard Business School - Harvard Business School Online


Harvard Business School Online launched as HBX in 2014 to deepen the School’s impact and broaden its reach, all while staying true to the HBS mission: to educate leaders who make a difference in the world.  The Harvard Business School Online now has the ability to reach leaders wherever you are – in the world, in your career, or in your lives.  Since launching HBS Online has educated 100,000-plus learners from more than 175 countries via our innovative online platform.  HBS Online offers a unique and highly engaging way to learn vital business concepts, enabling committed learners to transform their careers, their organizations, and their lives.


In 2014, the Harvard Business School online launched its first two programs: CORe and Disruptive Strategy as ‘HBX Core’. One year later, CORe became the program Harvard Business School offers to incoming students to prepare for the MBA classroom.  In 2016, the HBS Online first-ever Connext conference took place, bringing participants to the HBS campus for a day of networking, learning, and inspiration.  By 2018, Community launched to provide their online learners with the chance to connect offline in more than 30 regions around the world. Over the past two years (2019-2020), HBX rebranded to Harvard Business School online and surpassed over 100,000 learners throughout their program offerings.

Curriculum at the Harvard Business School Online

HBS Online works with universities around the world to create unique educational opportunities. Academic institutions that integrate HBS Online courses into their curriculum benefit from a dedicated support team, detailed reporting on student progress, and best-in-class online content.

The benefits of the Harvard Business School Online include:

  1. Round out your curriculum with case-based, business courses taught by HBS faculty.
  2. Combine the flexibility of our online programs with your on-campus experience.
  3. Provide the fundamental business concepts students need to excel in their MBA program

Harvard Business School Online offers a unique and highly engaging way to learn vital business concepts. Our online certificate and credential programs are offered via our innovative online platform and are designed to bring the Harvard Business School classroom to you—putting you at the center of the learning experience.  The HBS Online sets itself apart via their learning model, which is built around three key characteristics: active, case-based, and social.  The HBS Online course engages in a new activity every three to five minutes—for example, polls, problem-solving exercises, short essays, and the famed HBS “Cold Call,” where you’re asked at random to succinctly state your position on an issue in a matter of minutes. Each element is designed to keep you interested, involved, and on the edge of your seat. Lessons are brought to life through real-world cases, putting you in the shoes of business leaders. Students are able to hear firsthand the challenges they faced, and wrestle with the same issues and imperfect information. As you discuss and debate solutions with your peers, you will learn vital business concepts you can apply in your own career.  Lastly, engaging with your peers such as exchanging ideas, offer input, and seek out viewpoints from a community of learners gathered from around the globe. In the process, you learn from each other’s experiences and perspectives and leave the program with a broader outlook on the world.

Program Offerings at the Harvard Business School Online

All programs at the Harvard Business School Online are certificate programs.  The Harvard Business School Online aims to achieve a highly engaging way to learn vital business concepts through a learning model that is active, social, and case-based. Meaning, you immerse yourself in real-world challenges facing seasoned business leaders and discuss and debate solutions with peers from around the world—all while learning from renowned Harvard Business School faculty. It’s an online business education like no other.

– Credentials of Readiness (CORE)

– Economics for Managers

– Business Analytics

-Leadership, Ethics and Corporate Accountability

-Organizational Leadership

– Strategy Execution

– Power and Influence for Positive Impact

-Disruptive Strategy

-Design Thinking and Innovation

-Launching Tech Ventures

-Business Strategy

– Entrepreneurship Essentials

– Financial Accounting

– Global Business

– Leadership Principles

– Leading with Finance

– Management Essentials

– Negotiation Mastery

– Sustainable Business Strategy

-Sustainable Investing

-Alternative Investments

Tuition, Scholarships and Financial Aid

The tuition for the programs at the Harvard Business School Online ranges from $1,750  to $2,500 per credit. The program fee represents the tuition for your Harvard Business School Online course. There are no additional fees charged, or included in the program fee, to take an HBS Online program. At this time, tuition assistance is available for the Credential of Readiness (CORe) program, as well as Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting certificate programs. In addition, a 20% discount is available for HBS Online participants who have enrolled in at least 1 prior qualifying HBS Online program.


All programs at the Harvard Business School Online require the completion of a brief application. The applications vary slightly from program to program, but all ask for some personal background information. If you are new to HBS Online, you will be required to set up an account before starting an application for the program of your choice. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, proficient in English, and committed to learning and engaging with fellow participants throughout the program. The HBS Online will confirm enrollment eligibility within one week of your application.

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