Master Business Essentials with Harvard Business School's Online CORe Program

The online Credential of Readiness (CORe) program 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.

Credential of Readiness (CORe)

Credential of Readiness (CORe)

Master Business Essentials with Harvard Business School's Online CORe Program

The online Credential of Readiness (CORe) program 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.

What You'll Learn

Overview

CORe 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.

Who Will Benefit

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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.

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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.

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Mid-Career Professionals

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

Fit CORe into Your Schedule

  • Complete online coursework on your own schedule while meeting weekly deadlines
  • Schedule your final exam at a time convenient for you within a two-week window after the program concludes. Following the closures of Pearson VUE test centers due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, HBS Online has enabled virtual delivery of the CORe final exam for participants in the following cohorts: November 2019; January 2020; February 2020; March 2020; May 2020. (Subject to the future availability of in-person testing, additional cohorts may also be asked to complete the CORe final exam online.)
  • 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. Choose the option that works best for you:

Extended CORe

17 Weeks

8-10 hours per week

CORe

10-12 Week

12-15 hours per week

CORe
September 2020

Course Start Date: 09th September

Length: 10-12 Weeks

Regular Price $2,250

Enrolment process needs to be completed 2 weeks prior of the program Start Date

CORe
November 2020

Course Start Date: 24th November

Length: 10-12 Weeks

Regular Price $2,250

Enrolment process needs to be completed 2 weeks prior of the program Start Date

CORe
January 2021

Course Start Date: 12th January

Length: 10-12 Weeks

Regular Price $2,250

Enrolment process needs to be completed 2 weeks prior of the program Start Date

Extended CORe
October 2020

Course Start Date: 06th October

Length: 17 Weeks

Regular Price $2,250

Enrolment process needs to be completed 2 weeks prior of the program Start Date

Extended CORe
February 2021

Course Start Date: 09th February

Length: 17 Weeks

Regular Price $2,250

Enrolment process needs to be completed 2 weeks prior of the program Start Date

Learn more about what Financial Aid options are available to you.

By enrolling in the CORe program, participants will be ineligible to enroll in Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, or Financial Accounting as individual certificate programs. By enrolling in the Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, or Financial Accounting certificate programs, participants will be ineligible to enroll in the CORe program.

Syllabus

The Credential of Readiness (CORe) is a rigorous online program consisting of three courses-Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting-designed to help you achieve fluency in the language of business. You will develop deep-seated problem solving skills and the confidence to contribute to business discussions and decision making.

Learning requirements: In order to earn the Credential of Readiness, participants must do the following:

  • Thoughtfully complete all modules by stated deadlines
  • Satisfactorily participate in courses through reflections and cold calls, for example
  • Demonstrate content mastery through satisfactory completion of module quizzes
  • Earn a passing score on the final exam of all three component courses

Final Exam: The CORe final examination is a three-hour, multiple choice, closed book, computer-based assessment that has been created by HBS faculty and is administered by Pearson VUE. The exam is offered to participants after successful completion of the program during defined time periods-generally two-week windows starting one week after the last module deadline.

Syllabus

The Credential of Readiness (CORe) is a rigorous online program consisting of three courses-Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting-designed to help you achieve fluency in the language of business. You will develop deep-seated problem solving skills and the confidence to contribute to business discussions and decision making.

Learning requirements: In order to earn the Credential of Readiness, participants must do the following:

  • Thoughtfully complete all modules by stated deadlines
  • Satisfactorily participate in courses through reflections and cold calls, for example
  • Demonstrate content mastery through satisfactory completion of module quizzes
  • Earn a passing score on the final exam of all three component courses

Final Exam: The CORe final examination is a three-hour, multiple choice, closed book, computer-based assessment that has been created by HBS faculty and is administered by Pearson VUE. The exam is offered to participants after successful completion of the program during defined time periods-generally two-week windows starting one week after the last module deadline.

Course Modules Case Studies Takeaways
Business Analytics
  • Describing and Summarizing Data
  • Sampling and Estimation
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Single Variable Linear Regression
  • Multiple Regression
  • Amazon
  • Walt Disney Studios
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Interpret data to inform business decisions
  • Recognize trends, detect outliers, and summarize data sets
  • Analyze relationships between variables
  • Develop and test hypotheses
  • Implement regression analysis and other analytical techniques in Excel
Economics for Managers
  • Customer Demand: Foundations
  • Strategies for Assessing and Increasing Demand
  • Suppliers and Cost
  • Markets
  • Competition and Differentiation
  • Ace Ticket
  • The New York Times
  • Penguin Random House
  • Amgen
  • Bonobos
  • Develop effective pricing strategies
  • Benchmark costs compared to competitors through relative cost analysis
  • Apply conjoint analysis to understand what features customers value most
  • Understand the power of network effects to drive demand
  • Identify sources of competitive advantage through differentiation
Financial Accounting
  • The Accounting Equation
  • Recording Transactions
  • Financial Statements
  • Adjusting Journal Entries
  • The Statement of Cash Flows
  • Analyzing Financial Statements
  • Forecasting and Valuation
  • Cardullo's Gourmet Shoppe
  • Apple Inc.
  • Bikram Yoga Natick
  • Hipzone
  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
  • PepsiCo
  • Morgan Stanley
  • American Red Cross
  • Metropolis Healthcare
  • Discover how balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements are developed and how each interact
  • Appreciate the role of managerial judgment in choosing accounting estimates and methods
  • Evaluate business performance and potential using financial statements
  • Understand both US GAAP and IFRS accounting standards
  • Prepare and evaluate financial forecasts to make strategic decisions
  • Value a venture, project, or investment opportunity and perform a sensitivity analysis

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Enroll today in Harvard Business School Online’s Credential of Readiness (CORe) course.

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