Most HBS courses meet on consecutive days of the week: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (X schedule days) or Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (Y schedule days). Wednesdays can be either X or Y depending on the week.
X or Y class schedules, course titles, times, and room numbers may be found on the Course Schedule by term. The X and Y scheduled days are shown on the Academic Calendar and are color coded to match the Course Schedule, with green showing the X schedule and blue showing the Y scheduled days.
Cross-registrants are strongly advised to check with their home registrar's offices about how a particular HBS course counts toward credit at their home schools. Note that some HBS 3.0 credit courses may meet for 20 sessions, 29/30 sessions, or in a weekly seminar format. Credit conversion information may also be found here.
Please visit The HBS Experience page for information and a useful video demonstrating the case method used in the MBA classrooms.
Cross-registrants are limited to the equivalent of six credits per term in any combination of "Long" (full-term) courses (3 credits) or "Short" (half-term) courses (1.5 credits). The credit value of courses taken for audit count toward this limit. Credit conversion information for Harvard University graduate schools may be found here.
At the conclusion of each course, the instructor assigns one of four grades designated as Category I, II, III, and IV.
Fellows and Post-Docs are welcome to audit MBA Elective Curriculum courses through the cross-registration lottery. The following are the steps to petition for the lottery:
See information above regarding the cross-registration lottery.
Undergraduate students enrolled concurrently in a bachelor and graduate degree program at Harvard University who would like to cross-register for an MBA course may contact Lee Gross (lgross+hbs.edu) for more information on our cross-registration policies and process.
Cross-registered students needing special accommodations for classroom seating or special time considerations for exams may contact Suzy Conway (sconway+hbs.edu) in MBA Student Support Services.
Daily class attendance is required of all MBA and cross-registered students. This requirement formalizes the reciprocal responsibilities between students and faculty to be fully prepared for class and to contribute to joint learning. More broadly, it reinforces our belief in education as a shared enterprise. The success of Harvard Business School's learning model depends upon broad, regular class participation by all students. This, in turn, depends crucially upon regular attendance by all students in all classes.
Students may be absent from a small number of classes for the following specified reasons without adversely affecting their grades or academic standing:
Students must notify their instructor(s) of any absence in advance by telephone, e-mail, or in person, or, in the case of emergency, as soon as possible afterward. This notice must also be given to Registrar Services, Spangler Center, 2nd Floor (registrar+hbs.edu). Notifying the instructor(s) and Registrar Services does not constitute an excused absence. Even if the absence is excused, students are responsible for satisfying any "make-up" requirements for a missed class. Failure to provide proper notice may lead to adverse consequences with respect to course grades (see below).
Cross-registration into the Required Curriculum, or MBA Program First Year, is not permitted.
To cross-register into an Independent Project:
Last Updated: January 19, 2017