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Gain the fundamental skills you need for business school with CORe.

The Credential of Readiness (CORe) program is our primer on the fundamentals of business thinking. Comprised of three online courses—Business Analytics, Financial Accounting, and Economics for Managers—the CORe program is designed to get students ready for their MBA curriculum. Using the same content offered to incoming Harvard MBA students to help them prepare for their coursework, CORe will provide you with the essential concepts you need to excel in business school. Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting are also available as individual certificate programs.

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Business Essentials Online Courses

Business Analytics

Develop a data mindset and the analytical skills to interpret and communicate data.


Economics for Managers

Gain the knowledge and skills to craft successful business strategy.


Financial Accounting

Discover what’s behind the numbers in financial statements.


CORe Program

  • Take all 3 courses in tandem
  • 15-20 hours per week
  • Final exam required
  • Earn the Credential of Readiness
  • $2,250 for 3-course program


March 30 / 17 Weeks / Apply by March 22
May 18 / 10 Weeks / Apply by May 10
June 22 / 10 Weeks / Apply by June 14

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Individual Courses

  • Take 1, 2, or 3 courses as separate certificate programs
  • 6-8 hours per week, per course
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion
  • $1,600 for each course


Business Analytics: June 2 / 8 Weeks / Apply by May 24
Economics for Managers: June 30 / 8 Weeks / Apply by June 21
Financial Accounting: May 26 / 8 Weeks / Apply by May 17

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Stories from Our Learners

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Kali Pfaff

MBA candidate, Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western University

“I think that the case study method of CORe helped me prepare for my MBA program. The way the material is presented really helped me understand the details of the cases covered and how to think through case studies as I analyze them in my MBA classes now.” 

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Chris Hutchens

MBA candidate, Harvard Business School

“If you’re considering CORe prior to beginning an MBA program and you don’t have a background in economics, finance, accounting, and statistics, I strongly recommend it. It was certainly worthwhile for me!”

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Lauren Hall

MBA candidate, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University 

“CORe gave me a new lens through which I could look at the world. I applied what I learned right away at work and continue to apply it now in business school.”