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If you're ready to move your career forward, we have a program for you.

Harvard Business School Online offers a unique and highly engaging way to learn vital business concepts. Wherever you are in your career—or the world—we provide educational experiences that can help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Explore our program offerings below.

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Credential of Readiness (CORe)

 CORe is our primer on business fudamentals. No matter your field, you'll learn the essential modern business concepts you need to succeed.

CORe is best for:

  • College Students & New Graduates

  • Add value to your degree, and prepare to enter the workforce.
  • Pre-MBA

  • Explore the case study method. Strengthen your application, and be prepared on day one.
  • Early Career

  • Learn critical areas of business to advance your career.
  • Mid-Career

  • Apply learnings to your current role. Prepare for your next step.

Management Essentials

Management Essentials will help you master the tools and tactics you need to get things done and move your organization forward.

Management Essentials is best for:

  • Early Career Professionals

  • Set yourself up for success in a management role by learning essential tools and techniques.
  • Managers

  • Fine-tune your management style to deliver high-quality results.
  • Committed Learners 

  • Successful candidates will hold an undergraduate degree and will have gained exposure to a range of management processes.

Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen

 Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen will strengthen your capacity to make innovation a reality and unlock your potential to create winning strategies.

Disruptive Strategy is best for:

  • Managers

  • Anticipate disruption and unlock your potential to create winning strategies.
  • Entrepreneurs

  • Manage your own venture armed with the knowledge of disruption theory. Learn techniques for disrupting established industries.
  • Committed Learners 

  • Successful candidates will hold an undergraduate degree or will have successfully completed HBX CORe.

Entrepreneurship Essentials

Entrepreneurship Essentials will help you master a proven framework for building and financing new ventures, make your entrepreneurial dreams a reality, and speak the language of the start-up world.

Entrepreneurship Essentials is best for:

  • Aspiring Entrepreneurs

  • Learn a proven framework taught to HBS MBA students, learn how to test a business idea, and speak confidently to investors.
  • Individuals working for or looking to join a start-up

  • Gain the knowledge you need to succeed in the start-up world.
  • Committed Learners 

  • Entrepreneurship Essentials is for individuals at all levels of their careers who have an interest in understanding how businesses grow and the role of venture capital.

Leading with Finance

Leading with Finance will help you build an intuitive understanding of finance so you can make and communicate better financial decisions with key stakeholders.


Leading with Finance is best for:

  • Finance Professionals

  • Update your knowledge of finance in order to grow your career.
  • Managers

  • Take a look at your business from a deeper financial perspective, and gain the skills and confidence needed to convey better decisions.
  • Committed Learners 

  • Successful candidates will hold an undergraduate degree, be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, or will have successfully completed HBX CORe.

Negotiation Mastery

Negotiation Mastery will hone your negotiation skills and allow you to maximize value for your organization and yourself.

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Negotiation Mastery is best for:

  • Current Negotiators

  • Identify your own negotiating strengths and weaknesses. Sharpen your skills to advance your career.
  • Executives

  • Refine your negotiation skills and learn to craft agile strategy. Connect with leaders from around the world.
  • Committed Learners 

  • Successful candidates will hold an undergraduate degree or will have successfully completed HBX CORe.

What Sets HBS Online Apart?

Our programs are designed to bring the Harvard Business School classroom to you, and are built around three key characteristics:



HBS Online courses are nothing like a typical sit-back-and-listen lecture. You’ll engage in a new activity every three to five minutes. Each element is designed to keep you interested, involved, and on your toes.

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Engaging with your peers is a big part of what makes HBS Online unique. You exchange ideas, offer input, and seek out viewpoints from a community of learners gathered from around the globe. In the process, you learn from each other’s experiences and perspectives.



Immerse yourself in real-world learning. Lessons are brought to life through cases, which put you in the shoes of business leaders. Hear firsthand the challenges they faced, and wrestle with the same issues and imperfect information.

The Case Method

Edge-of-your-seat learning. World-class content.

Our course platform puts you at the center of the learning experience.

Participants are expected to engage on the platform just as they would in a classroom, because that’s where the learning happens. By interacting with others from around the world, you’re able to learn from their experiences and perspectives, all while sharing your own.

On the course platform, you’ll participate in a new activity every three to five minutes. That might include watching short, highly produced videos featuring Harvard Business School faculty and top business leaders, applying new concepts through interactive graphs and exercises, or completing a poll. Each element is designed to keep you engaged and on the edge of your seat.

Ninety-four percent of past participants said Harvard Business School Online is more impactful than other online business programs. Are you ready to experience what sets the platform apart? Explore our Online Course Catalog to see how you can gain essential business skills.

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