Gain the skills and confidence needed for your next chapter with CORe
The Credential of Readiness (CORe) is our primer on the fundamentals of business thinking—a three-course online program designed to prepare you to participate fully in the business world. CORe was developed by HBS faculty members to instill a deep understanding of essential business concepts and problem-solving skills. Mastering the three CORe courses—Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting—will give you fluency in the language of business.
This is the program that Harvard Business School offers to incoming students to prepare for the MBA classroom, and it will equip you to contribute to business discussions and decision making, whether you’re looking to advance your current career, considering graduate school, or exploring new career paths.
You will learn alongside a global cohort of peers—sharing perspectives and surfacing insights as you progress through the program. You will also have an opportunity to demonstrate your mastery of the material by passing the required, in-person final exam.
Participating in CORe will allow you to:
Analyze and interpret data to inform business decisions
Apply economic principles to real business situations
Discover what’s behind the numbers in financial statements
Master concepts as you tackle multimedia case studies of diverse organizations
Develop business intuition through cold calls and interactive features
Join global cohort of peers with diverse experiences on our course platform
Engage online as your schedule allows
with Professor Jan Hammond
Business Analytics introduces quantitative methods used to analyze data and make better management decisions. You will hone your understanding of key concepts, your managerial judgment, and your ability to apply course concepts to real business problems.
Economics for Managers
with Professor Bharat Anand
Economics for Managers dives into fundamental economic principles like supply and demand, cost, markets, competition, and differentiation. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed to craft successful business strategy.
with Professor V.G. Narayanan
This course will teach you the fundamentals of financial accounting. Starting with the basics of recording transactions as journal entries and posting them to T accounts, you will learn how to prepare a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement.
The HBS Online Advantage
Edge-of-your-seat online learning
Global peer collaboration and networking
Real-world, case-based learning
Harvard Business School Online offers a unique and highly engaging way to learn vital business concepts. Immerse yourself in real challenges faced by a diverse group of finance experts, including Rick Childs, Managing Member of 625 Ground Lessor LLC; Mike Even, former Global CIO for Citigroup Asset Management; Chris Hohn, founder of the Children’s Investment Fund; Henrik Poulsen, Chief Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer of PFA Asset Management; Dwight Scott, President of GSO Capital; Nikos Stathopoulos, Partner at BC Partners and Member of the BC Partners Executive Committee; and Matt Wilson, Co-Portfolio Manager and Managing Director of Oaktree Capital Management. Step into their shoes and wrestle with the same issues they faced, while engaging with fellow learners from around the world.