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Become Fluent in the Language of Business in Harvard’s HBX CORe


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Ready to Get Down to Business?

Through HBX CORe, Harvard Business School’s online business primer, you’ll gain an understanding of essential quantitative topics and develop the ability to apply your knowledge in a variety of professional contexts.

HBX CORe allows you to learn the fundamentals of business on a highly engaging and interactive platform designed by Harvard Business School (HBS) faculty. HBX CORe consists of three critical business topics—Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting—in a 10- to 12-week online course.

CORe for Credit

You can pursue CORe for undergraduate credit through Harvard Extension School. This is an ideal option for college students interested in earning credit toward a bachelor’s degree at their college or university or Harvard Extension School, individuals seeking to complement studies in a nonbusiness field, or professionals who want to gain business fluency through a credit-based option. Tuition for HBX CORe is $3,600. 

The Benefits to You:

  • 8 undergraduate credits that can be transferred to your home institution or applied toward a bachelor’s degree at Harvard Extension School (please check with your home institution first to ensure HBX CORe will be accepted as transfer credit)

  • Access to Harvard Extension School student resources, including libraries, career advising, and workshops

  • Ability to apply for financial aid if you are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program

  • HBX CORe credential and official transcript from HBX

CORe for Noncredit

If you’re interested in gaining business knowledge without earning credit, you can also pursue CORe as a noncredit primer for $1,950. 

You may complete the noncredit version of HBX CORe as part of the admissions process toward a Master of Liberal Arts degree in the field of Management or Finance at Harvard Extension School. Please see our Management degree requirements and Finance degree requirements for more details.

Ready to Get Started?

Please visit the HBX CORe website to apply.  

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Registration is Open!

Spring course registration is open through January 27. Interested in a 3-week January session course? Register by December 19. You can browse the course catalog.