MS/MBA students complete degree requirements in four semesters over two years, augmented by coursework during August at the beginning of the program and during both January terms. Students have the summer free between Year 1 and Year 2 to work on their own startup concept or pursue an internship at a technology company.

Most of Year 1 is spent at HBS completing the MBA Required Curriculum (RC), although MS/MBA students start the program as a cohort at SEAS in August, taking the System Engineering course. They also meet periodically as a cohort at SEAS during Year 1 in the Engineering, Design & Innovation Management Seminar, and complete the Technology Venture Immersion course together during the January term.

During Year 2, MS/MBA students split their time between SEAS and HBS, enrolling in electives at each school. As a cohort, they also take the Integrated Design course during the fall term, and, during the January and spring terms, complete the Capstone course, in which they work in a small team to build and launch a new product.

 

First Year

 

August

HBX CORe

Harvard Business School
As with all MBA candidates, MS/MBA students take a short test to determine whether they are required to complete HBX CORe prior to matriculating in August of Year 1. CORe, an online program requiring about 150 hours of work over roughly ten weeks, covers basic business analytics, microeconomics for managers, and financial accounting.

System Engineering

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science
As a cohort during August of Year 1, MS/MBA students take System Engineering, a SEAS course that emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing complex systems and designing products within such systems. In System Engineering, students use mathematical methods to model systems and predict performance. They learn to situate designs within systems, managing within constraints imposed by value chain partners, financial performance requirements, and legal and ethical considerations.
 

Fall Term

Engineering, Design & Innovation Management Seminar

Joint Seminar
Every 3 weeks during Year 1 of their program, MS/MBA students meet as a cohort at SEAS in an afternoon seminar jointly run by SEAS and HBS faculty. Seminars revolve around, among other topics, talks by alumni leaders of technology ventures; research presentations by faculty from SEAS and HBS; and student updates on venture concepts they are developing.

FIELD Foundations

Harvard Business School
FIELD Foundations engages small teams in interactive workshops—held in flexible classrooms called "hives"—that reshape how students think, act, and see themselves. Through team feedback and self-reflection across Term 1, participants deepen their emotional intelligence and develop a growing awareness of their own leadership styles.

Finance 1

Harvard Business School
This course examines the role of finance in supporting the functional areas of a firm, and fosters an understanding of how financial decisions themselves can create value. Topics covered include: Basic analytical skills and principles of corporate finance; functions of modern capital markets and financial institutions; and standard techniques of analysis, including capital budgeting, discounted cash flow valuation, and risk analysis.

Financial Reporting and Control

Harvard Business School
Recognizing that accounting is the primary channel for communicating information about the economics of a business, this course provides a broad view of how accounting contributes to an organization.

Leadership & Organizational Behavior

Harvard Business School
This course focuses on how managers become effective leaders by addressing the human side of enterprise. It examines teams, individuals, and networks; looks at successful leaders in action; and introduces a model for strategic career management.

Marketing

Harvard Business School
The objectives of this course are to demonstrate the role of marketing in the company; to explore the relationship of marketing to other functions; and to show how effective marketing builds on a thorough understanding of buyer behavior to create value for customers.

Technology & Operations Management

Harvard Business School
This course enables students to develop the skills and concepts needed to ensure the ongoing contribution of a firm's operations to its competitive position. It helps them to understand the complex processes underlying the development and manufacture of products as well as the creation and delivery of services.

More on the MBA Required Curriculum

 

January

Technology Venture Immersion

Joint Course
During the January term of Year 1, MS/MBA students complete Technology Venture Immersion, a two-week course jointly taught by HBS and SEAS faculty. Modeled on the HBS Startup Bootcamp, the Technology Venture Immersion employs a learning-by-doing approach, with students working in teams on their own startup concepts and on problems provided by instructors to build skills with human-centered design and lean experimentation methods.
 

Spring Term

Business, Government, and the International Economy (BGIE)

Harvard Business School
This course introduces tools for studying the economic environment of business to help managers understand the implications for their companies.

Engineering, Design & Innovation Management Seminar

Joint Seminar
Every 3 weeks during Year 1 of their program, MS/MBA students meet as a cohort at SEAS in an afternoon seminar jointly run by SEAS and HBS faculty. Seminars revolve around, among other topics, talks by alumni leaders of technology ventures; research presentations by faculty from SEAS and HBS; and student updates on venture concepts they are developing.

The Entrepreneurial Manager

Harvard Business School
This course addresses the issues faced by managers who wish to turn opportunity into viable organizations that create value, and empowers students to develop their own approaches, guidelines, and skills for being entrepreneurial managers.

FIELD Global Immersions

Harvard Business School
FIELD Global Immersions require student teams to develop a new product or service concept for global partner organizations around the world. Students travel to their global partner organizations at the end of Term 2.

Finance II

Harvard Business School
This course builds on the foundation developed in Finance I, focusing on three sets of managerial decisions: how to evaluate complex investments; how to set and execute financial policies within a firm; and how to integrate the many financial decisions faced by firms. The Finance II course is divided into four blocks of material: tools of financial analysis, financial policy choices of firms, financial market imperfections, and deals and transactions.

Leadership and Corporate Accountability

Harvard Business School
In this course, students learn about the complex responsibilities facing business leaders today. Through cases about difficult managerial decisions, the course examines the legal, ethical, and economic responsibilities of corporate leaders. It also teaches students about management and governance systems leaders can use to promote responsible conduct by companies and their employees, and shows how personal values can play a critical role in effective leadership.

Strategy

Harvard Business School
The objective of this course is to help students develop the skills for formulating strategy. Particular attention is paid to competitive positioning; understanding comparative costs; and addressing issues such as cannibalization, network externalities, and globalization.

More on the MBA Required Curriculum

 

Summer

During the summer between Year 1 and Year 2, most MS/MBA students either work on their own startup concept or as an intern in a technology venture; they are matched in either case with alumni mentors and may apply for a summer fellowship grant from the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship. In 2017, 80 HBS MBA students received Rock Summer Fellowship grants averaging $6,000 apiece.

 

Second Year

 

Fall Term

Engineering, Design & Innovation Management Seminar

Joint Seminar
MS/MBA students meet as a cohort at SEAS in a seminar jointly run by SEAS and HBS faculty. Seminars revolve around, among other topics, talks by alumni leaders of technology ventures; research presentations by faculty from SEAS and HBS; and student updates on venture concepts they are developing.

(2) HBS Electives

Harvard Business School

These are representative sets of electives that focus on technology management and entrepreneurship. Specific course offerings will vary each year. Students will select their second-year electives with the advice of their academic advisor. They can take any HBS elective, except for Field Courses or Independent Projects due to overlap with project requirements in the MS/MBA’s core courses.

Technology Management Focus

Building & Sustaining a Successful Enterprise

The focus of this course is to learn how to use well-researched theories about strategy, innovation and management to understand why things happen the way they do in businesses, and to understand what management tools, strategies and methods will and will not be effective, in the different circumstances in which our students find themselves. Read More

Digital Innovation & Transformation

The course introduces you to the critical elements of designing and developing digital products and services, how these can be configured and lead, and how the results are managed. These elements include economic and technological principles underlying digital transformation, identifying and integrating diverse user needs, organizing and leading product and service innovation initiatives, harnessing crowdsourcing and distributed innovation networks. Read More

Entrepreneurial Finance

The goal of Entrepreneurial Finance is to help managers make better investment and financing decisions in entrepreneurial settings. The course covers all stages of the venture's life cycle from startup to exit, and delves into issues such as deal structures, incentives, business models and valuation. Read More

Field Course: Entrepreneurial Sales & Marketing

Startups face challenges with customer acquisition at stages from customer discovery to scaling. This course examines some representative issues and tools for that context. Read More

Founders’ Journey

The course is divided into three modules that cover key milestones in a Founders' Journey: Founding a venture, scaling a venture, and exiting a venture. Read More

Introduction to Technology Sales

The purpose of this entrepreneur-focused course is to demystify sales and help you understand how to sell and manage sales teams. Read More

Law, Management & Entrepreneurship

This course is designed to develop the legal literacy of MBA students by honing legal instincts that will help business leaders avoid legal pitfalls, attain a competitive edge and promote long-term success. Expanding well beyond the basic legal concepts introduced in LCA, the course will refine students’ understanding of how law affects all aspects of business, and develop a deeper appreciation of how legal systems operate and how to operate within the boundaries of legal systems. Read More

Managing the Future of Work

The course covers business and policy perspectives in advanced economies, and companies of many sizes are considered. While the material is necessarily broad in nature, a modest edge is given to implications for business leadership in larger corporations (i.e., what can Apple or Siemens do?). Read More

Managing with Data Science

This course focuses on helping students develop the basic data skills needed to guide an organization towards becoming data-centric and to potentially create data products. Read More

Negotiation

This course will teach you how to analyze, prepare for, and execute negotiations at a sophisticated level-through actions both at and away from the bargaining table. It will give you the opportunity to enhance your strengths as a negotiator and to shore up your weaknesses. Read More

People Analytics

People Analytics is designed to help students use data — and manage others who use data — to improve people-related decisions and practices in their role as a general manager. Read More

Strategy & Technology

This course explores the unique aspects of creating effective management and investment strategies for technology-intensive businesses. Read More

Sector Focus

Building Sustainable Cities & Infrastructure

The world faces challenges including rapid urbanization, increasing pressure on the environment and on basic resources, and the growing difficulty governments face in managing the confluence of these trends. This class will appeal to students who would like to explore tools and examples that help investors, entrepreneurs, and policy makers understand and address these issues. Students interested in infrastructure, private equity, real estate, business and environment, and social enterprise also will find the course to be useful. Read More

The Business of Smart Connected Products/Internet of Things

The attempt in this course is to not only understand what are smart connected products, what technologies are needed for smart connected products, how these products create value for end users, but also what ecosystems need to be created and supported to realize the full value of this technology. Read More

Contemporary Developing Countries: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Intractable Problems

This course will provide a framework (and multiple lenses) through which to think about the salient economic and social problems of the five billion people of the developing world, and to work in a team setting toward identifying entrepreneurial solutions to such problems. Read More

E-Commerce

This course is intended for students interested in either working as a manager in an e-commerce company or entrepreneurs building their own e-commerce startups. We will study the challenges of creating, growing, and optimizing for profitability an e-commerce business. Read More

Field Course: Transforming Health Care Delivery

This course will help students develop the managerial skills required to identify and implement change. It will draw upon a range of approaches for improving health care delivery, including the value-based health care framework, continuous improvement, organizational redesign, population health management, precision medicine, patient engagement, and payment reform. Read More

Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovations in Education

This course explores how entrepreneurs are applying business practices and technology innovations to transform classrooms and schools/colleges to lead to higher performance. Read More

Entrepreneurship in Healthcare IT & Services

This course will examine a series of innovations within the burgeoning HCIT industry, and look at the decisions entrepreneurs face as they refine their business models, innovate, and grow. Read More

Innovating in Health Care

This course helps students to create successful entrepreneurial health care ventures by enabling them to: Identify the alignment between an entrepreneurial health care venture and the Six Forces that shape health care - structure, financing, technology, consumers, accountability, and public policy; and create a business model that responds appropriately to any misalignments. Read More

Launching Technology Ventures

The course takes the perspective of founders in technology startups across all functional elements, with a particular focus on product, sales, marketing, growth and business development. For each function, we explore challenges that managers encounter before a startup achieves product-market fit, that is, a match between its product solution and market needs. We also study cross-functional conflict in new ventures as well as investor-founder conflicts and ways in which managers cope with such conflicts. Read More

Leading Social Enterprise

This course is about leadership and strategy for creating, developing, and scaling the impact of high-performing social enterprises—be they nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid organizations. Read More

Making Markets

Students will learn how to identify market failures and determine when those failures create opportunities to launch or redesign marketplaces. Read More

Public Entrepreneurship

Public entrepreneurship is designed for students who want to solve the world’s biggest, toughest problems; for those individuals that want to sell to the world’s biggest customers and to lead them in creatively new ways. Read More

Scaling Technology Ventures

Through case discussions, this course will examine executive leadership and functional management challenges in scaling startups after the "search and discovery" stage of startup evolution. Read More

21st Century Energy

The course is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the microeconomics and politics of energy and adjacent industries and to introduce students to some of the unusual challenges of strategy and leadership that arise from these externalities and from pervasive government interventions in energy markets. The course also covers some enduring ideas about innovation and entrepreneurship as these apply to the energy field. Read More

All HBS Elective Courses

Integrated Design

Joint Course
As a cohort, MS/MBA students take Integrated Design, a required course in the fall term of Year 2, taught jointly by SEAS and HBS faculty. Through lectures, skill-building workshops, and team-based projects, Integrated Design builds deeper expertise with human-centered design techniques and teaches principles of user interaction design, rapid prototyping, data visualization techniques, project management, and communicating across disciplines, among other topics.

(2) SEAS Electives

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science
These are representative sets of graduate-level technical courses in specific depth areas. Specific course offerings will vary each year, and some courses are offered in alternate years. Students will select their courses in the second year with the advice of their academic advisor.

The MS/MBA program requires a total of three graduate-level technical courses (course number 200-299 in Engineering Sciences or Computer Science) that form a coherent area of expertise. Prospective applicants should check prerequisites on the Harvard Course Catalog to ensure that they have adequate preparation.

Engineering Sciences

Robotics
  • ES 259 Advanced Introduction to Robotics
  • CS 283 Computer Vision
  • CS 284 Optimization Algorithms for Robotics
  • ES 252r Advanced Topics in Robotics Research
Biological Engineering
  • ES 221 Drug Delivery
  • ES 222 Advanced Cellular Engineering
  • ES 230 Advanced Tissue Engineering
Neuroengineering
  • ES 249 Advanced Neural Control of Movement
  • ES 226r Special Topics in Neural Engineering: Learning & Memory in Neural Systems
  • ES 201 Decision Theory
  • CS 283 Computer Vision
Microelectronics & Photonics
  • ES 273 Optics and Photonics
  • ES 274 Quantum Devices
  • ES 276 Introduction to MicroElectroMechanical System
  • ES 277 Microfabrication Laboratory

Computer Science

Data Privacy & Security
  • CS 263 Systems Security
  • CS 227 Topics in Cryptography and Privacy
  • CS 226 Algorithms for Big Data
Data Science
  • CS 222 Computational Learning Theory
  • CS 281 Advanced Machine Learning
  • CS 234 Topics on Computation in Networks and Crowds
Big Data
  • CS 222 Algorithms at the Ends of the Wire
  • CS 265 Big Data Systems
  • CS 242 Computing at Scale
Software Systems
  • CS 222 Algorithms at the Ends of the Wire
  • CS 262 Distributed Systems
  • CS 265 Big Data Systems
EconCS
  • CS 223 Probabilistic Analysis and Algorithms
  • CS 234 Topics on Computation in Networks and Crowds
  • CS 236 Topics at the Interface between Computer Science and Economics

All SEAS Elective Courses

 

January

Launch Lab/Thesis 1

Joint Course
MS/MBA students complete a required capstone project equivalent to two full courses, in which small teams build and launch a product. Work on the capstone project starts with an immersive January term course, and then continues with a spring term course.
 

Spring

Engineering, Design & Innovation Management Seminar

Joint Seminar
MS/MBA students meet as a cohort at SEAS in a seminar jointly run by SEAS and HBS faculty. Seminars revolve around, among other topics, talks by alumni leaders of technology ventures; research presentations by faculty from SEAS and HBS; and student updates on venture concepts they are developing.

(2) HBS Electives

Harvard Business School

These are representative sets of electives that focus on technology management and entrepreneurship. Specific course offerings will vary each year. Students will select their second-year electives with the advice of their academic advisor. They can take any HBS elective, except for Field Courses or Independent Projects due to overlap with project requirements in the MS/MBA’s core courses.

Technology Management Focus

Building & Sustaining a Successful Enterprise

The focus of this course is to learn how to use well-researched theories about strategy, innovation and management to understand why things happen the way they do in businesses, and to understand what management tools, strategies and methods will and will not be effective, in the different circumstances in which our students find themselves. Read More

Digital Innovation & Transformation

The course introduces you to the critical elements of designing and developing digital products and services, how these can be configured and lead, and how the results are managed. These elements include economic and technological principles underlying digital transformation, identifying and integrating diverse user needs, organizing and leading product and service innovation initiatives, harnessing crowdsourcing and distributed innovation networks. Read More

Entrepreneurial Finance

The goal of Entrepreneurial Finance is to help managers make better investment and financing decisions in entrepreneurial settings. The course covers all stages of the venture's life cycle from startup to exit, and delves into issues such as deal structures, incentives, business models and valuation. Read More

Field Course: Entrepreneurial Sales & Marketing

Startups face challenges with customer acquisition at stages from customer discovery to scaling. This course examines some representative issues and tools for that context. Read More

Founders’ Journey

The course is divided into three modules that cover key milestones in a Founders' Journey: Founding a venture, scaling a venture, and exiting a venture. Read More

Introduction to Technology Sales

The purpose of this entrepreneur-focused course is to demystify sales and help you understand how to sell and manage sales teams. Read More

Law, Management & Entrepreneurship

This course is designed to develop the legal literacy of MBA students by honing legal instincts that will help business leaders avoid legal pitfalls, attain a competitive edge and promote long-term success. Expanding well beyond the basic legal concepts introduced in LCA, the course will refine students’ understanding of how law affects all aspects of business, and develop a deeper appreciation of how legal systems operate and how to operate within the boundaries of legal systems. Read More

Managing the Future of Work

The course covers business and policy perspectives in advanced economies, and companies of many sizes are considered. While the material is necessarily broad in nature, a modest edge is given to implications for business leadership in larger corporations (i.e., what can Apple or Siemens do?). Read More

Managing with Data Science

This course focuses on helping students develop the basic data skills needed to guide an organization towards becoming data-centric and to potentially create data products. Read More

Negotiation

This course will teach you how to analyze, prepare for, and execute negotiations at a sophisticated level-through actions both at and away from the bargaining table. It will give you the opportunity to enhance your strengths as a negotiator and to shore up your weaknesses. Read More

People Analytics

People Analytics is designed to help students use data — and manage others who use data — to improve people-related decisions and practices in their role as a general manager. Read More

Strategy & Technology

This course explores the unique aspects of creating effective management and investment strategies for technology-intensive businesses. Read More

Sector Focus

Building Sustainable Cities & Infrastructure

The world faces challenges including rapid urbanization, increasing pressure on the environment and on basic resources, and the growing difficulty governments face in managing the confluence of these trends. This class will appeal to students who would like to explore tools and examples that help investors, entrepreneurs, and policy makers understand and address these issues. Students interested in infrastructure, private equity, real estate, business and environment, and social enterprise also will find the course to be useful. Read More

The Business of Smart Connected Products/Internet of Things

The attempt in this course is to not only understand what are smart connected products, what technologies are needed for smart connected products, how these products create value for end users, but also what ecosystems need to be created and supported to realize the full value of this technology. Read More

Contemporary Developing Countries: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Intractable Problems

This course will provide a framework (and multiple lenses) through which to think about the salient economic and social problems of the five billion people of the developing world, and to work in a team setting toward identifying entrepreneurial solutions to such problems. Read More

E-Commerce

This course is intended for students interested in either working as a manager in an e-commerce company or entrepreneurs building their own e-commerce startups. We will study the challenges of creating, growing, and optimizing for profitability an e-commerce business. Read More

Field Course: Transforming Health Care Delivery

This course will help students develop the managerial skills required to identify and implement change. It will draw upon a range of approaches for improving health care delivery, including the value-based health care framework, continuous improvement, organizational redesign, population health management, precision medicine, patient engagement, and payment reform. Read More

Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovations in Education

This course explores how entrepreneurs are applying business practices and technology innovations to transform classrooms and schools/colleges to lead to higher performance. Read More

Entrepreneurship in Healthcare IT & Services

This course will examine a series of innovations within the burgeoning HCIT industry, and look at the decisions entrepreneurs face as they refine their business models, innovate, and grow. Read More

Innovating in Health Care

This course helps students to create successful entrepreneurial health care ventures by enabling them to: Identify the alignment between an entrepreneurial health care venture and the Six Forces that shape health care - structure, financing, technology, consumers, accountability, and public policy; and create a business model that responds appropriately to any misalignments. Read More

Launching Technology Ventures

The course takes the perspective of founders in technology startups across all functional elements, with a particular focus on product, sales, marketing, growth and business development. For each function, we explore challenges that managers encounter before a startup achieves product-market fit, that is, a match between its product solution and market needs. We also study cross-functional conflict in new ventures as well as investor-founder conflicts and ways in which managers cope with such conflicts. Read More

Leading Social Enterprise

This course is about leadership and strategy for creating, developing, and scaling the impact of high-performing social enterprises—be they nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid organizations. Read More

Making Markets

Students will learn how to identify market failures and determine when those failures create opportunities to launch or redesign marketplaces. Read More

Public Entrepreneurship

Public entrepreneurship is designed for students who want to solve the world’s biggest, toughest problems; for those individuals that want to sell to the world’s biggest customers and to lead them in creatively new ways. Read More

Scaling Technology Ventures

Through case discussions, this course will examine executive leadership and functional management challenges in scaling startups after the "search and discovery" stage of startup evolution. Read More

21st Century Energy

The course is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the microeconomics and politics of energy and adjacent industries and to introduce students to some of the unusual challenges of strategy and leadership that arise from these externalities and from pervasive government interventions in energy markets. The course also covers some enduring ideas about innovation and entrepreneurship as these apply to the energy field. Read More

All HBS Elective Courses

Launch Lab/Thesis 2

Joint Course
MS/MBA students complete a required capstone project equivalent to two full courses, in which small teams build and launch a product. Work on the capstone project starts with an immersive January term course, and then continues with a spring term course.

(1) SEAS Elective

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science
These are representative sets of graduate-level technical courses in specific depth areas. Specific course offerings will vary each year, and some courses are offered in alternate years. Students will select their courses in the second year with the advice of their academic advisor. The MS/MBA program requires a total of three graduate-level technical courses (course number 200-299 in Engineering Sciences or Computer Science) that form a coherent area of expertise. Prospective applicants should check prerequisites on the Harvard Course Catalog to ensure that they have adequate preparation.

Engineering Sciences

Robotics
  • ES 259 Advanced Introduction to Robotics
  • CS 283 Computer Vision
  • CS 284 Optimization Algorithms for Robotics
  • ES 252r Advanced Topics in Robotics Research
Biological Engineering
  • ES 221 Drug Delivery
  • ES 222 Advanced Cellular Engineering
  • ES 230 Advanced Tissue Engineering
Neuroengineering
  • ES 249 Advanced Neural Control of Movement
  • ES 226r Special Topics in Neural Engineering: Learning & Memory in Neural Systems
  • ES 201 Decision Theory
  • CS 283 Computer Vision
Microelectronics & Photonics
  • ES 273 Optics and Photonics
  • ES 274 Quantum Devices
  • ES 276 Introduction to MicroElectroMechanical System
  • ES 277 Microfabrication Laboratory

Computer Science

Data Privacy & Security
  • CS 263 Systems Security
  • CS 227 Topics in Cryptography and Privacy
  • CS 226 Algorithms for Big Data
Data Science
  • CS 222 Computational Learning Theory
  • CS 281 Advanced Machine Learning
  • CS 234 Topics on Computation in Networks and Crowds
Big Data
  • CS 222 Algorithms at the Ends of the Wire
  • CS 265 Big Data Systems
  • CS 242 Computing at Scale
Software Systems
  • CS 222 Algorithms at the Ends of the Wire
  • CS 262 Distributed Systems
  • CS 265 Big Data Systems
EconCS
  • CS 223 Probabilistic Analysis and Algorithms
  • CS 234 Topics on Computation in Networks and Crowds
  • CS 236 Topics at the Interface between Computer Science and Economics

All SEAS Elective Courses