23 Oct 2017

Applications Open for Harvard Business Analytics Program

New online certificate program will provide executives with critical data analytics skills

BOSTON—Harvard Business School (HBS), the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Department of Statistics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) are now accepting applications for the new Harvard Business Analytics Program. The first application deadline is February 5th, 2018, and the inaugural cohort will begin classes in March 2018.

This online certificate program is designed for experienced professionals, including those who already possess an MBA or advanced business degree, who wish to expand their knowledge and capabilities in data and analytics. Upon program completion, students will have a foundational understanding of quantitative analysis and data science, and will be able to provide leadership in applying this knowledge to solve a range of complex business problems.

Data and data analytics are rapidly redefining and transforming almost all industries, from healthcare and manufacturing to marketing and finance. At a time when the demand for data scientists and data engineers is expected to grow 39 percent by 2020, industries are demanding business leaders who can effectively work with data science teams to ask the right questions and apply the results to solve practical business problems.

"We are in the midst of a secular shift in the economy where transactions are being digitized and generating more data, making it critical that companies recruit business leaders who are both analytics savvy and understand how to deploy these new capabilities to drive strategic advantage," said Karim R. Lakhani, the Charles E. Wilson Professor of Business Administration at HBS, and the faculty co-founder of the HBS Digital Initiative. "The Harvard Business Analytics Program will prepare business leaders to bring data analytics from the periphery to the heart of their respective businesses, helping them to remain competitive in an evolving business landscape." David C. Parkes, George F. Colony Professor of Computer Science at Harvard SEAS, and co-director of the Harvard Data Science Initiative, added "this partnership across Harvard's schools reflects the need for integrated thinking, for crossing boundaries in enabling data-driven decision making."

The Harvard Business Analytics Program consists of six courses and two condensed two-week seminars that can be completed in nine months, as well as two on-campus learning experiences at the Harvard Business School campus in Boston. The curriculum consists of entirely new courses, designed and taught by Harvard faculty, to help students build capabilities in technical, analytical and operational areas that can be used to advance their professional prospects in the global market. Students will participate in live, face-to-face online classes and engaging course content created by HBS, SEAS and Statistics faculty and delivered with technology partner, 2U. 2U's platform provides a comprehensive fusion of technology, services and data architecture to transform high-quality and rigorous campus-based universities into the best digital versions of themselves.

Visit analytics.hbs.edu for more information on application requirements.


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Harvard Business School

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About the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) serves as the connector and integrator of Harvard's teaching and research efforts in engineering, applied sciences, and technology. Through collaboration with researchers from all parts of Harvard, other universities, and corporate and foundational partners, we bring discovery and innovation directly to bear on improving human life and society. For more information, visit http://seas.harvard.edu.


Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 200 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 70 open enrollment Executive Education programs and 55 custom programs, and HBX, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, HBS faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching to educate leaders who make a difference in the world, shaping the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.