Drive Competitive Advantages With Analytics

Hear from Dean Frank Doyle of the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and former Dean Nitin Nohria of Harvard Business School about how the Harvard Business Analytics Program’s cross-disciplinary curriculum enables experienced professionals in any industry to gain a competitive advantage through data analysis. Dean Nitin Nohria stepped down at the end of 2020 and has been succeeded by Dean Srikant M. Datar who began his deanship on Jan. 1, 2021. Dean Datar has been a champion of HBAP since its launch and served as a faculty member for HBAP on the Data Science Pipeline and Critical Thinking course.

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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 complete at least one of the following requirements:

  • One year of experience working in an English-speaking environment
  • Completed a certificate or degree at an English-speaking institution
  • Take 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:

Harvard University
Application Processing Center
Harvard Business Analytics Program
PO Box 30096 009-001
College Station, TX 77842

  • 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

Please note: To be considered an official transcript, the transcript must be sent directly from your institution(s) or through an electronic transcript vendor retained by that institution. Transcripts submitted by enrolled or prospective students are considered unofficial documents, even if they are in a sealed envelope provided to you by the issuing university.

Class Start DatePriority DeadlineFinal Deadline
July 2021April 5, 2021May 10, 2021
October 2021July 5, 2021August 16, 2021

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

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