• Application Deadline
  • 42 days
Build an intuitive understanding of finance to better communicate with key stakeholders and grow your career. Participants in Leading with Finance are eligible for a Certificate of Completion from HBX and Harvard Business School


As a business leader, it is critical that you can understand and communicate the financial implications of your decisions. How will you generate value? How will your decisions impact shareholders?

Leading with Finance is an online course designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of the principles of finance – a toolkit for making smart financial decisions and the confidence to clearly communicate those decisions to key internal and external stakeholders.

This program also highlights the importance of incorporating subjective judgments into financial decision-making, empowering you to firmly grasp the bigger picture and become a more effective leader. 

Participating in Leading with Finance will allow you to:
  • Understand key financial levers that drive financial performance
  • Discover how and why finance is concerned with cash flow versus profits 
  • Identify ways to create and measure value
  • Examine how the capital markets work and how they affect your business
  • Develop a deep financial intuition that will give you the tools and confidence to make better decisions in your career and life
  • Engage with like-minded peers from around the globe and content developed by the best and brightest of Harvard Business School faculty

The HBX Learning Model centers around the Harvard Business School case method, featuring interviews with business leaders and executives from companies around the world who candidly discuss challenges they've faced or obstacles they've overcome. We ask you to step into their shoes and engage with your peers to work through these real-world business scenarios.

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 42 days
    • Duration description

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

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

Programme Structure

Leading with Finance consists of approximately 40 hours of material delivered over a six-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. There will be weekly quizzes and a capstone assignment due at the end of the program. 

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:
  • Financial Analysis
  • Finance versus Accounting
  • Capital Markets
  • Creating Value
  • Valuation
  • Capital Allocation


Leading with Finance is designed for individuals who need to look at their business from a deeper financial perspective and who wish to gain the skills and confidence needed to make and convey better financial decisions. 


Mihir A. Desai - Professor Desai is an award-winning teacher at Harvard and a leading scholar of corporate finance and tax policy. He has been teaching for nearly twenty years to varied student populations, including senior executives from around the world, MBA students, undergraduates and lawyers. 

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Successful applicants will have an undergraduate degree, or be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, and demonstrate a desire to contribute to the vibrant HBX learning community. Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential.

A basic understanding of accounting and business practices is recommended prior to taking this program, but no prior knowledge of finance is required.

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 42 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 42 days.
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