• Application Deadline
  • 84 days
Gain the skills and confidence needed for your next chapter with HBX CORe. Credential of Business Readiness - CORe is the program that Harvard Business School offers to incoming students to prepare for the MBA classroom.


The Credential of Readiness - CORe is our primer on the fundamentals of business thinking—a three-course online program designed by HBX to prepare you to participate fully in the business world.

CORe was developed by Harvard Business School faculty members to instill a deep understanding of essential business concepts and problem-solving skills. Mastering the three CORe courses—Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting—will give you fluency in the language of business.

You will learn alongside a global cohort of peers—sharing perspectives and surfacing insights as you progress through the program on the HBX course platform. You will also have an opportunity to demonstrate your mastery of the material by passing the required, in-person final exam.

Participating in CORe will allow you to:
  • Analyze and interpret data to inform business decisions
  • Apply economic principles to real business situations
  • Discover what’s behind the numbers in financial statements
  • Master concepts as you tackle multimedia case studies of diverse organizations
  • Develop business intuition through cold calls and interactive features
  • Join global cohort of peers with diverse experiences on the HBX course platform
  • Engage online as your schedule allows

If you are hungry for an immersive learning experience that could change the way you think about the world and prepare you for your next chapter, CORe may be just what you’re looking for.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM US Eastern time on the application deadline unless otherwise noted.

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 84 days
    • Duration description

      Multiple durations of study - ranging from accelerated 8-week cohorts to extended 17-week cohorts.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

CORe is delivered on the innovative HBX online platform which puts you, the student, at the center of the learning process. You will complete the coursework on your own schedule while meeting regular weekly deadlines. 

With HBX, learning is active, social, and case-based. We ask you to step into the role of a business leader and engage with your peers to work through real world business challenges. By doing so, you learn more. You walk away from CORe with a new perspective on the world and how businesses work.

Core courses:

  • Business Analytics introduces quantitative methods used to analyze data and make better management decisions.
  • Economics for Managers dives into fundamental economic principles like supply and demand, cost, markets, competition, and differentiation.
  • Financial Accounting will teach you the fundamentals of financial accounting. 


  •  College students and recent graduates looking to stand out from the crowd and impress during interviews
  •  Those considering an MBA or other graduate program who would like to strengthen their application and be prepared on day one
  •  Professionals looking to deepen their understanding of essential business concepts, add value to their organizations, and advance their careers

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

When reviewing applications to CORe we screen for two things—aptitude and motivation. The essay gives us a window into your motivation to contribute to the CORe learning community and complete the program.

The application is free and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. All applicants must be 18 years of age and demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1950 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1950 USD for the full programme and a duration of 84 days.
  • National Applies to you

    1950 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1950 USD for the full programme and a duration of 84 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Undergraduate credit version of CORe: $3,600
  • Credential-only version of CORe: $1,950


CORe program participants taking the three courses in tandem who have not elected to enroll in the undergraduate credit option may qualify for institutional need-based scholarships.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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