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Options in Management, Short Course

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Please note, that the content, schedule, delivery format, availability and costs of Summer School Courses in Management may be subject to change.

For the most up to date information, please visit the Harvard Summer School’s course options website.

For instance, you can take the following courses:
Real Estate Finance and Investment Fundamentals

This course is geared toward individuals considering becoming active real estate investors or joining a real estate investment company. Students develop practical, hands-on experience building financial pro formas for apartment, office, retail, and for-sale residential development projects. Students learn how to capture critical tax implications for real estate investment in their pro formas such as depreciation, capital gains, and passive losses to calculate after tax cash flows for real estate investments. Students also explore strategies for managing tax exposure including tax deferred 1031 exchanges, installment sales, and what happens upon inheritance. Most real estate investments require investor capital, and students study various strategies for allocating cash flows between partners to attract equity investors. Students also learn how to safeguard both themselves and their investors in the event that a project doesn't go as planned. Like all investments, real estate investments involve uncertainty. Students acquire the skills necessary for testing their assumptions against multiple scenarios (baseline, optimistic, pessimistic) to measure the impact on their returns. Students also learn a rigorous, rational approach for ensuring they are maximizing their returns on existing investments. Specifically, students learn how to evaluate, on an ongoing basis, whether to hold, sell, refinance, or renovate an existing property—an analysis which is woefully neglected by the vast majority of property owners and can lead to great value-creating opportunities. Students investigate alternative financing options both for large companies (tax increment financing, tax credits) and small investors (convertible mortgages, self-directed IRA investments, crowd funding). Students learn to focus on the areas which generate the greatest value creation, develop specific investment goals and property acquisition criteria, and then articulate those to investors and lenders to raise capital. Finally, students study recent trends in global real estate capital markets. Students learn how real estate investment trusts (REITs) are creating new investment opportunities. Students learn the current trends and dynamics of non-US real estate markets. Moreover, students study the rationales, obstacles, opportunities, and risks for investing outside of their home country and develop strategies for gathering local market intelligence.

Managing Yourself and Others

This course teaches the fundamentals of management from different angles—managing oneself, managing organizational life, and managing others (managing upward, downward, and sideways). Using a variety of readings, written assignments, in-class exercises, and case discussions, the class focuses on understanding individual strengths, preferences, and blind spots—our own and others'—and working with other people to advance career goals and organizational objectives.

Strategic Management

To succeed in the future, managers must develop the resources and capabilities needed to gain and sustain advantage in competitive markets—traditional and emerging. The way in which organizations attempt to develop such competitive advantage constitutes the essence of their strategy. This course introduces the concept of strategic management through case analyses, and considers the basic direction and goals of an organization, the environment (social, political, technological, economic, and global factors), industry and market structure, and organizational strengths and weaknesses. The emphasis is on the development and successful implementation of strategy in different types of firms across industries.

Registration opens March 1, 2017 for the following three summer sessions:
  • Seven-week session: June 17–August 5, 2017
  • Three-week session I: June 17–July 7, 2017
  • Three-week session II: July 9–July 28, 2017

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: May for HBX CORe courses
  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended, Online

Programme Structure

Please note, that the content, schedule, delivery format, availability and costs of Summer School Courses in Management may be subject to change.

For the most up to date information, please visit the Harvard Summer School’s program website.

For instance, you can take the following courses:
  • HBX CORe: Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Principles of Finance
  • Managerial Finance
  • Principles of Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance and Investment Fundamentals
  • The International Economy and Business
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Business Analysis and Valuation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, and Restructurings
  • Investment Theory and Applications
  • Private Equity
  • The Art of Communication
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Becoming an Agent of Change
  • Managing Yourself and Others
  • Making Teams Work
  • Negotiation and Organizational Conflict Resolution
  • Creative Thinking and Organizational Success
  • Building Strong Alliances and Organizations
  • Strategic Management
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Electronic Commerce Strategies
  • Applied Corporate Responsibility
  • Studies in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Governance
  • Emerging Markets in the Global Economy
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Principles and Practices of Fundraising
  • Eco-entrepreneurship
  • Family Business in Theory and Practice
  • International Business: Context and Strategies
  • Management Consulting
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Marketing Management
  • International Marketing
  • Branding: A Practical View
  • Sustainability Marketing
  • Social Media Strategy

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Study abroad program directors look for mature, academically motivated students who are willing to broaden their horizons, experience a challenge, and grow as a person.


How to apply. Create an account on the HBX CORe website and complete the application

Who can apply

Harvard study abroad programs are selective. To apply, students must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student
  • Be in good academic standing

All programs are limited enrollment.

How to apply

For all programs, application requires a completed online application, including a statement of interest in the program, a nonrefundable $50 application fee, and a transcript. Some programs may require additional application materials and interviews.

English Language Requirements

English is the language of instruction at Harvard Summer School. If your native language is not English, you must provide proof of English proficiency, unless you are an admitted degree candidate in Harvard College, the Harvard Extension School, or a Harvard graduate or professional school.

Visa Requirements

The F-1 student visa is the appropriate visa for you if your main reason for coming to the United States is to attend a Harvard Summer School session on campus.

To be issued the F-1 student visa, you must first obtain the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility from Harvard Summer School.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3050 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
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  • National Applies to you

    3050 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3050 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .
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Tuition fee:
  • 3050 USD 4 credit course
  • 6100 USD 8 credit course

Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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