Admissions and Program Fees

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Admissions Guidelines

Applicants to the Harvard Business Analytics Program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. There is no minimum work requirement, but the program is designed for experienced professionals. Ideal candidates will have significant experience in a professional setting.

While we accept candidates from across fields, you must be proficient in English to complete assignments and participate in discussions. If you are not a native English speaker, you must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • have one year of experience working in an English-speaking environment
  • have completed a certificate or degree at an English-speaking institution
  • have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

International applicants are also expected to hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and must provide copies of transcripts (in English) and a diploma for an admissions decision. If admitted to the program, you will be required to submit a course-by-course World Education Services (WES) transcript evaluation.

There are no prerequisite courses required, but quantitative experience will be vital to your success in the program.

Application Requirements

To complete your application, you will need to submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended (unofficial transcripts are accepted for admissions review). Please send transcripts electronically to or by mail to:

Application Processing Services
Harvard Business Analytics Program
7900 Harkins Road, Suite 501
Lanham, MD 20706

  • At least one letter of recommendation, preferably from a professional contact (maximum of two letters accepted)
  • Current professional resume
  • One essay: 500 words recommended. Please explain your objectives and goals as they relate to attending this program. Additionally, please describe what you think other program participants may learn from you (i.e., perspectives, skills, expertise).
  • Non-refundable application fee of $75

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines
Class Start Date Priority Deadline Final Deadline
January 2020 Closed November 8, 2019
April 2020 January 13, 2020 February 7, 2020
July 2020 March 30, 2020 May 4, 2020
October 2020 June 26, 2020 August 7, 2020

*Class start dates are subject to change and reflect the week of classes beginning. Actual classes may start any day within the week.

Online Information Sessions

As a prospective student for the online Harvard Business Analytics Program, you have the opportunity to attend a variety of live, online information sessions hosted on the same platform we use to deliver classes. These sessions allow you to learn more about the program, connect with our enrollment team and hear from current students about their experiences.

If you attend one of these online events as a prospective student and stay for the duration of the event, you will receive a waiver for our $75 application fee.

Upcoming events include:

Upcoming Events
Student Panel Webinar 7 p.m. ET Wednesday, October 30

Take the first step toward honing essential business analysis skills by requesting information today.

Funding Your Program

Many employers offer assistance for professional certificate programs. We advise you to check with your benefits office to learn what assistance programs are available to employees at your organization. Federal financial aid is not available for this program. For information to help you request employer support or sponsorship, download our employer support guide.

Program Fees

The total cost1 for the Harvard Business Analytics Program is $50,000. Program fees will be paid incrementally each term based on the number of courses taken; your first-term payment will be due at time of registration. To determine your cost per term, please reference the sample charts below.

In addition to program costs, students will be responsible for travel and room and board costs for the two required immersions. These can be completed during any term, as long as prerequisites have been met.

Example Cost Per Term for 9-Month Program (Full-Time)

Example Cost Per Term for 9-Month Program (Full-Time)
Term Estimated Program Fees
Term 1 $18,500
Term 2 $16,250
Term 3 $15,250
Total $50,000

Example Cost Per Term for 18-Month Program (Part-Time)

Example Cost Per Term for 18-Month Program (Part-Time)
Term Estimated Program Fees
Term 1 $6,500
Term 2 $12,000
Term 3 $6,500
Term 4 $6,500
Term 5 $9,750
Term 6 $8,750
Total $50,000

A non-refundable $1,000 commitment fee is due upon enrollment and applied to Term 1 costs.

Note that all quoted rates are based on the 2018 – 2019 academic year and are subject to change without notice.

Funding Your Program

While federal financial aid is not available for certificate programs, we encourage you to explore all funding options, including employer sponsorships and loans. Many organizations offer continuing education reimbursements or funding.

Employer Sponsorship

We’ve compiled two documents to assist you in requesting and securing support from your employer.

The first is a list of tips that may be helpful for you as you prepare for the meeting. The document reviews questions you should be able to answer, questions you should ask, and how to follow up. Download the Student Support Brochure.

The second document is for your employer. It outlines our program, fees, and the return on investment for your company. Download the Employer Support Brochure.

Our enrollment counselors can also help you determine the best way to approach requesting employer support.


Below is a list of lenders who have indicated that they are willing to provide loans to Harvard Business Analytics Program participants. The contact information is provided as a service and not as an endorsement of the lender. You may choose a lender from the list below or any other lender of your choice. Each lender will have its own eligibility criteria and lending requirements. Our school ELM code is 002155-92.

As a student in the program, you will need to apply for loans each term based on term costs. Harvard cannot accept a one-time loan for the full cost of the program.

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