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Business Analytics, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 56 days
Develop a data mindset and the analytical skills to interpret and communicate data with Harvard Business School. No matter your job function or career aspirations, this HBX online course in Business Analytics will demystify data analysis and equip you with concrete skills to apply in your work or further studies.


Business Analytics is not based on rote memorization of equations or facts, but focuses on honing your understanding of key concepts, your managerial judgment, and your ability to apply course concepts to real business problems.

At Harvard Business School you’ll learn course concepts in the context of performing A/B testing on a website, using sampling to check warehouse inventory, predicting home video sales based on box office performance, and forecasting staffing needs for a hotel front desk. Throughout the HBX Business Analytics course, you will receive clear guidance on how to implement analytical techniques in Excel. 

Participating in Business Analytics will allow you to:
  • Recognize trends, detect outliers, and summarize data sets concisely
  • Analyze relationships between variables
  • Develop and test hypotheses to inform managerial decisions
  • Craft sound survey questions and draw conclusions from samples of a larger population
  • Estimate the accuracy of statistics by calculating confidence intervals
  • Perform single and multiple variable regression analysis using Excel and interpret the output.

Participants in Business Analytics are eligible for a Certificate of Completion from HBX and Harvard Business School. To earn the certificate, you must successfully complete all coursework by the stated deadlines, including satisfactory performance on quizzes, and actively contribute to the vibrant HBX learning community.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    It is free to apply and applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, so early application is encouraged.

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 56 days
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      Approximately 40 hours of material delivered over an eight-week period with a flexible program structure.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Business Analytics consists of approximately 40 hours of material developed by Professor Janice H. Hammond and delivered over an eight-week period with a flexible program structure.

You complete the coursework, which consists of a highly engaging mix of short videos, multimedia cases, interactive learning exercises, and written reflections, on your own time while meeting regular deadlines. 

All course material is delivered through the innovative HBX online platform. While there is no direct real-time interaction with the faculty built into the course, current and former participants may be invited to special events, both on and off-line, where HBX faculty are present.

Topics covered in the program include: 
  • Describing & Summarizing Data
  • Sampling & Estimation
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Regression


This course is intended for individuals at all stages of their careers - college students and recent graduates without a background in statistics, those considering an MBA or other graduate program who would like to strengthen their analytical skills, or professionals seeking data literacy.


Janice H. Hammond - Professor Hammond has a long-standing interest in online learning, and has previously developed an online quantitative analysis course and a global supply chain management simulation.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Successful applicants will demonstrate a desire to contribute to the vibrant HBX learning community. 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

    1500 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 56 days.
  • National Applies to you

    1500 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 56 days.
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