Harvard Business School Online CORe Admissions Pathway to the Management Degree

Through the Credential of Readiness (CORe) pathway, you may prepare for admission to the Management Degree Program by earning the CORe credential from Harvard Business School Online and completing one degree course at Harvard Extension School. 

About CORe

CORe—designed and presented by Harvard Business School faculty—is a primer on the fundamentals of business thinking.

The fully online, asynchronous course covers business analytics, economics for managers, and accounting. The content was inspired by the curriculum offered to incoming Harvard Business School students preparing for the MBA classroom.

Admissions: Earn Your Way In

To begin the admission process, you register for CORe and one graduate-level course with us:

  • CORe (noncredit or credit). You apply for CORe directly with Harvard Business School Online.
  • 1 microeconomic theory or economics of business course.
    • Before registering for either economics course, you'll need to pass our online test of critical reading and writing skills or earn a B or higher in EXPO 34 Business Rhetoric, which counts as an elective towards the program.

You need to earn a passing grade in CORe and a B or higher grade in microeconomic theory or economics of business course, without letting your overall Harvard cumulative GPA dip below 3.0.

Eligibility: Before enrolling in any degree-applicable courses, you need to possess a four-year, US regionally accredited bachelor's degree or its foreign equivalent. You cannot already have or be in the process of earning a master's degree in management or a related field. The CORe credential cannot be more than three years old at the time of application.

Applying to the Degree Program

After you have completed CORe and during the semester you are completing microeconomic theory or economics of business course, submit the official application to the program. Don't delay! It is critical to your admission and degree program success to prioritize the degree course required for admission and apply to the program before completing subsequent courses. We have fall, spring, and summer admission cycles.

If you submit a complete and timely application—which includes your CORe certificate, required Harvard courses, grades, and cumulative GPA—you will be admitted, after which you’ll have 11 more courses to take to earn the degree.

For more details about eligibility, the application process, and the delayed application fee, visit Admissions.


Visit the degree requirements page for information about on-campus requirements and completing the degree.