FinTech Online Short Course


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Program Description


Understand how FinTech has become the ally that can help financial services streamline the process and adapt to changes. The Harvard VPAL FinTech online short course explores how FinTech is changing and creating new financial services opportunities. As you progress on the six-week course, you’ll gain the necessary skills to evaluate the key players who are driving innovation, analyze the impact that FinTech will have on financial ecosystems, and understand how the industry has created the need for regulatory frameworks.

During this course, you’ll:

  • Examine the potential for partnerships between traditional and disruptive technology companies
  • Review the success of financial innovation through real-world case studies
  • Develop strategic solutions for existing challenges in financial services
  • Critically assess the future of FinTech innovation

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Course structure

This six-week online course from Harvard’s Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) gives you the flexibility to manage your studies around your work schedule. By allocating 8 to 10 hours of your time each week, you can learn at your own pace. Each module is released weekly, offering a structured approach to learning that you can adjust to fit into your schedule.

This online course integrates rich, interactive media, such as videos, infographics, and e-learning activities. It also includes traditional didactic components, such as case studies and written module notes. As is characteristic of the case-method approach, you’ll engage in collaborative learning through discussion forums. You’ll feel supported on your student submissions with 24/7 student support from GetSmarter throughout your learning journey.

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Who would benefit?

This course is specifically designed to help financial professionals, senior decision-makers, technology professionals, entrepreneurs, and managers better understand, interpret and respond to the disruptions and opportunities within the FinTech space.

How to register

There are no registration fees or academic prerequisites for this online course. It is available to work professionals, regardless of location, academic study, or work experience. However, in order to complete a course, you’ll need a current email account and access to a computer and the internet, as well as a PDF Reader. You may need to view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and read and create documents in Microsoft Word or Excel.

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Learn from industry thought leaders as you explore the potential impact of FinTech on your organization and the future of finance. Watch the course trailer.


This online short course is presented entirely online, in collaboration with leaders in digital education, GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. Technology meets academic rigor in GetSmarter’s people-mediated model, which enables lifelong learners across the globe to obtain industry-relevant skills that are certified by the world’s most reputable academic institutions. This interactive, supportive teaching model is designed for busy professionals. View the Harvard VPAL FinTech online short course on the GetSmarter website to find out about upcoming course dates, the course price, and further information.

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What can I expect from this Online Campus environment?

The online short course is built on and accessed through a user-friendly platform. You’ll be able to access your course through your unique Online Campus login at a time that’s convenient for you.

What are the prerequisites?

There are no academic prerequisites for the course.

Can my employer assist with payment?

By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you contribute to the success of your organization. Put forward a proposal to your employer to cover the cost of the course. Here is a guide to show you how to ask for financial assistance from your employer.

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+1 617 682 7555

Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

Harvard University's Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in association with HarvardX, has established a high-quality environment for education to keep Harvard at the forefront ... Read More

Harvard University's Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in association with HarvardX, has established a high-quality environment for education to keep Harvard at the forefront of learning innovation. Harvard VPAL is the strategic online learning initiative, which connects the prestigious Harvard Schools to students across the globe. Read less
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