10 Sep 2015

HBX and Harvard Extension School announce college-level credit for HBX CORe


BOSTON—HBX and Harvard Extension School, have announced a new agreement to offer college-level credit for students taking the HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe) program. HBX is Harvard Business School’s online digital education initiative focused on providing immersive case-based online learning experiences. Harvard Extension School is Harvard University’s continuing education school providing part-time learners with affordable access to Harvard courses, certificates, and degrees.

HBX CORe is an online program that allows college students and early career professionals to learn the fundamentals of business on a highly engaging and interactive platform designed by Harvard Business School (HBS) faculty. HBX CORe consists of three courses, Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting, with a total learning time of about 150 hours over the duration of the program. More than 4,500 participants have enrolled in CORe since it was first launched in June 2014.

Starting in January 2016, college students from any U.S. institution will have the opportunity to earn eight undergraduate credits for CORe from Harvard Extension School (HES). These students can check with their academic advisor to see if CORe would be accepted as transfer credit toward their degree; if so, enrolled students would have the opportunity to learn from HBS faculty and earn credit as part of their course of study. The eight credits also count toward HES’s undergraduate degree program in which students study part-time on campus and online to earn a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in extension studies from Harvard University.

The credit option will be offered on a schedule coinciding with the traditional academic semesters, making it easy for college students to fit CORe into their current institution’s course of study and to receive financial aid. Applications are currently being accepted for the 12-week credit option cohort of CORe that begins January 12, 2016.

“HBX CORe was designed to teach the fundamentals of business to college students and working professionals to prepare them for success in their careers,” said HBS professor Bharat Anand, faculty chair of HBX. “Our relationship with Harvard Extension School to offer academic credit for CORe provides a great benefit for currently enrolled students. We know that many CORe participants are currently pursuing their degrees; allowing these studentsto apply CORe credits toward their degree at their home institution or at Harvard Extension School will further facilitate attainment of that degree.”

“We are thrilled to be able to add this HBX course taught by Harvard Business School faculty to our growing Harvard Extension School curriculum of 700 courses. HBX CORe exposes our students to business fundamentals taught by faculty at the world’s premier business school, making an excellent course available for credit to our 14,000 Extension School students as well as students from other institutions that grant transfer credit,” said Huntington D. Lambert, dean of continuing education at Harvard University.

To learn more about CORe and apply for the HES credit option or the non-credit version of CORe, visit the HBX website at hbx.hbs.edu/core/. To learn more about Harvard Extension School courses, certificates, and degree programs, visit the website at extension.harvard.edu.

About Harvard Extension School
Founded in 1910 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Extension School serves 14,000 part-time working professionals each year through a diverse offering of courses, certificates, and liberal arts undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Drawing upon faculty from the University, other institutions, and industry experts, the school offers high quality online and on-campus learning opportunities in a diverse range of subjects such as government, management, computer science, and sustainability for students who want the challenge of Harvard academics on a part-time basis. As part of its mission to extend the resources of Harvard, courses are affordable and open to the public.


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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.