17 Oct 2017

HBX Offers Separate Certificate Programs in Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, Financial Accounting

Courses were previously available only as part of the Credential of Readiness (CORe) program

BOSTON—HBX, Harvard Business School’s digital learning initiative, announces the launch of three new 8-week online certificate programs—Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting. The content in these programs has previously been available only as part of HBX’s three-course Credential of Readiness (CORe) program, but participants will now be able to enroll in each course individually.

These three foundational courses are designed to give participants the skills and confidence they need to be successful in the business world, regardless of their industry or academic background. Developed by Harvard Business School professor Jan Hammond, the Business Analytics course introduces quantitative methods used to analyze data and make better management decisions. Economics for Managers, created by Professor Bharat Anand, focuses on applying economic principles such as supply and demand, cost, markets, competition, and differentiation to developing business strategy. The Financial Accounting course was designed by Professor V.G. Narayanan to teach the fundamentals of accounting, enabling participants to build, interpret, and analyze financial statements.

Participants in the individual certificate programs who would like to earn the Credential of Readiness may do so by taking each course individually and successfully passing the associated final exam. The CORe program continues to be available for participants committed to completing all three courses in tandem.

“We have been pleased by the wide range of participants—across geography, industry, age, and career stage—who have found great value in the Credential of Readiness program,” said Patrick Mullane, Executive Director of HBX. “By offering each of these courses individually, we are providing more flexibility and opening up new learning pathways for professionals who may be interested in only one or two of these topics.”

The three individual courses will all begin on January 23, with subsequent cohorts starting in April and June. Applications for the January cohort will open on November 1. The courses will be delivered on the innovative HBX online platform, which puts participants at the center of the learning process through active, social, and case-based learning.

Individual courses are priced at $1,500 and financial aid will be available for qualified applicants. Application deadlines for the 2018 cohorts are as follows: January (deadline January 10), April (deadline March 28), and June (deadline June 13). Click here to learn more.


Valerie Krempus
Associate Director, HBX Communications


HBX, the digital learning initiative from Harvard Business School, was founded in 2014 with the mission of expanding the reach of the School by delivering high-quality online business education to learners around the world. HBX’s programs are designed to deliver a case-based, active, and social learning experience in a highly engaging digital learning environment. Each program is designed and taught by leading HBS faculty who bring their expertise and passion to learners from around the globe.


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.