• Application Deadline
  • 84 days
The online Credential of Business Readiness - CORe program from Harvard Business School Online will prepare you to contribute to business discussions and decision-making, whether you're looking to advance your career, considering graduate school, or exploring new career paths.
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The Credential of Business Readiness - CORe program consists of three courses—Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting —and a final exam. Immerse yourself in real challenges faced by seasoned leaders across a variety of industries, develop business intuition through interactive learning exercises, and join a global community of peers. As in the business world, you’ll be evaluated on the quality and timeliness of your work and your contributions to the learning community.

Fit CORe into Your Schedule

  • Complete online coursework on your own schedule while meeting weekly deadlines
  • Schedule your final exam at a time and location convenient for you within a two-week window after the program concludes
  • CORe offers the flexibility of different lengths of study that run throughout the year. Course content and program requirements are identical regardless of the program length.

Who Will Benefit:

  • College Students and Recent Graduates

Get ready for the real world. Stand out from the crowd and impress during interviews as you prepare for your next opportunity. You can also earn undergraduate academic credit for CORe in select course starts.

  • Those Considering Graduate School

Get ready for your MBA or other graduate program with the online courses that Harvard Business School offers to incoming students to prepare for the MBA classroom.

  • Mid-career Professionals

Add value to your organization and take your career to the next level with a deeper understanding of essential business concepts.

Developed by Harvard Business School faculty to bring the dynamism of the HBS classroom online, CORe immerses you in a series of multimedia case studies. You will step into the role of a business leader and learn concepts in the context of real business issues—actively challenging you to think on your feet—while sharing your ideas with fellow learners from around the world. You will walk away from CORe with a new perspective on the world and how businesses work.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

      Multiple durations of study - ranging from accelerated 10-week cohorts to extended 17-week cohorts.

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

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Describing and Summarizing Data
  • Sampling and Estimation
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Single Variable Linear Regression
  • Multiple Regression
  • Customer Demand: Foundations
  • Suppliers and Cost
  • Markets
  • The Accounting Equation
  • Recording Transactions
  • Financial Statements
  • Adjusting Journal Entries


  • Professor Jan Hammond
  • Professor Bharat Anand
  • Professor V.G. Narayanan

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

The easy online application is free. All applicants must be 18 years of age and be proficient in English. Admissions are on a rolling basis with decisions sent within one to two weeks.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2250 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2250 USD for the full programme and a duration of 84 days.
  • National

    2250 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2250 USD for the full programme and a duration of 84 days.
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Credential of Business Readiness - CORe
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