Prepare for Business School

Are you considering business school?
Harvard Business School Online offers certificate programs that can help you:

  • Decide if business school is right for you
  • Enhance your application
  • Start your MBA program more prepared

Featured Course


June 23 | 10 Weeks | Apply by June 15


  • 8-15 Hrs/Week
  • Credential
  • $2250

Master business essentials.
CORe is a three-course online program designed to prepare you for business school. Developed by Harvard Business School faculty members to instill a deep understanding of essential business concepts and problem-solving skills, the three CORe courses—Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting—will give you the tools needed to excel in your studies. You'll work through all three courses in tandem and take a required final exam to earn your Credential of Readiness.

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Other Recommended Courses

Business Analytics

Develop a data mindset and the analytical skills to interpret and communicate data. 
Business Analytics will help demystify data and equip you with concrete skills you can apply in your everyday decision-making. Beginning with basic descriptive statistics and progressing to regression analysis, you’ll learn business analytics through real-world examples, from performing A/B testing on a website to using sampling to check warehouse inventory.

  • Next Start
  • July 8 | Apply by June 29
8 Weeks
6-8 Hrs/Week

Economics for Managers

See the world through the lens of economics and gain the knowledge and skills to craft successful business strategy.
Economics for Managers will enable you to drive critical business decisions. Explore how businesses approach pricing strategy, evaluate market demand, and differentiate their offerings, and how you can apply those learnings to compete in the marketplace successfully.

  • Next Start
  • June 24 | Apply by June 15
8 Weeks
6-8 Hrs/Week

Financial Accounting

Discover what's behind the numbers in financial statements.
Financial Accounting teaches key accounting concepts and principles to illuminate financial statements and unlock critical insights into business performance and potential. Explore how managers, Wall Street analysts, and entrepreneurs leverage accounting to drive strategic decision-making.

  • Next Start
  • August 5 | Apply by July 27
8 Weeks
6-8 Hrs/Week

Hear From Our Learners

Wherever you are in your career — or the world — HBS Online provides educational experiences that can help you achieve your goals.

4 out of 5 believe HBS Online is worth the investment


say HBS Online is more impactfull than other online business programs
8 out of 10 say taking a course impacted their professional lives for the better

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.


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.

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Get the skills you need to set yourself apart and move to the next phase of your career.

Learn how to turn your idea into a viable venture — and then successfully grow that venture and maintain its competitive edge.