27 Apr 2015

HBX, Harvard Business School’s Online Education Initiative, Announces Agreement with Amherst College

HBX will provide Amherst undergraduates with knowledge of business fundamentals

BOSTON—HBX, Harvard Business School’s online digital education initiative, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Amherst College to provide additional benefits for Amherst students participating in the Credential of Readiness (CORe) program. This is the first of several similar agreements with other colleges and universities that HBX expects to announce in the coming weeks.

CORe is an 11-week online program created for students to learn the fundamentals of business on a highly engaging and interactive platform designed by Harvard Business School faculty. HBX CORe was first offered in summer 2014. It has since been offered to three more cohorts. The next program is scheduled to begin on June 3, 2015.

The agreement with Amherst College aims to increase access to HBX CORe for its students. As part of the agreement, HBX will reserve seats in upcoming cohorts for Amherst undergraduates. With the students’ permission, Amherst College will verify their financial need information to enable HBX to award additional financial aid to those with need, thereby making HBX CORe more financially accessible for Amherst students. A similar arrangement has been in place for Harvard College students since last summer.

“HBX CORe is a program designed to equip students of any background with an understanding of business fundamentals and to prepare them for the workplace,” said Harvard Business School professor Bharat Anand, faculty chair of HBX. “By its design – an online program that students can take even while they’re working during the summer – HBX CORe allows students to continue to pursue their other intellectual passions in college, whatever these may be, from art history or psychology to music or biochemistry. We are delighted to partner with Amherst to create additional opportunities for its students to participate in the CORe program.”

Ursula Olender, director of the Amherst College Career Center, said, “HBX CORe is one of the premier programs designed to teach students the language of business in a format that is not only of the highest quality, but affordable. This program is ideal for students entering any arena in the workplace, be it a large organization or start-up, whether it’s in the private, nonprofit or public sector.”

To learn more about the CORe program, visit the HBX website at hbx.hbs.edu/CORe.


Ross Pearo, Harvard Business School

Ursula Olender, Amherst College

About Harvard Business School

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 250 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and PhD degrees, as well as more than 175 Executive Education programs, and Harvard Business School Online, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, 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. The School and its curriculum attract the boldest thinkers and the most collaborative learners who will go on to shape the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.