Which Business Analytics Program Is Right For You?

Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) offer a variety of programs focused on both fundamentals and emerging concepts in business analytics. See how the various courses and program deliveries compare to determine which is right for you:

Harvard Business Analytics Program

Harvard Business School (HBS) in collaboration with Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS)

Online/On Campus: Online With On-Campus Immersions

Length: Nine Months


Who Should Apply?

The online certificate program is suited for managers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and experienced professionals who are realizing the impact of data and analytics on business strategy and operations. Ideal candidates have a solid foundation in business strategy—including those who have already earned an MBA or advanced business degree—and a vested interest in improving their current or future business ventures by integrating emerging ideas and technologies.

Program Structure

The Harvard Business Analytics Program is broken down into six core courses and two seminars delivered through a real-time online learning platform and two in-person immersions. Coursework includes multimedia lessons that can be viewed and completed via desktop or mobile application from any connected device. The program can be completed in as little as nine months.

Tuition

The $50,000 tuition is paid incrementally each term based on the number of courses taken. While federal financial aid is not available for certificate programs, applicants are encouraged to explore all funding options, including employer sponsorships. Many organizations offer continuing education reimbursements or funding.

MS/MBA

Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)

Online/On Campus: On Campus

Length: Two Years


Who Should Apply?

The MS/MBA is ideal for students who: 1) aspire to lead technology ventures; 2) have undergraduate degrees in engineering, computer science, or a related technical field with a record of academic excellence; 3) have at least two years of full-time work experience, ideally designing and/or developing technology-intensive products; and 4) meet the other criteria for admission to HBS’s MBA Program.

Program Structure

Most of year one is spent at HBS completing the MBA Required Curriculum, although MS/MBA students start the program as a cohort at SEAS in August, taking the System Engineering course. They also meet periodically as a cohort at SEAS during Year 1 in the Engineering, Design & Innovation Management Seminar and complete the Technology Venture Immersion course during the winter term.

During year two, MS/MBA students split their time between SEAS and HBS, enrolling in electives at each school. As a cohort, they take the Integrated Design course during the fall term and, during the winter and spring terms, complete the Capstone course, in which they work in a small team to build and launch a new product.

Tuition

Each year of the program, MS/MBA students will be charged tuition that equals the annual tuition paid by stand-alone MBA candidates (currently $73,440 for the Class of 2020) plus the cost of the additional courses taken by MS/MBA students.

MS/MBA students will be eligible to apply for need-based HBS fellowships and student loans in both years of the program.

Competing on Business Analytics and Big Data

Harvard Business School (HBS)

Online/On Campus: On Campus

Length: One Week


Who Should Apply?

This program is ideal for a variety of business leaders who seek to refine their skills in strategic data management and fact-based decision-making. Senior managers from large, established companies, digital officers, technology officers, and individuals building and launching data science teams will find this program highly relevant.

Program Structure

This one-week residential program will take place on the HBS campus with classroom learning.

Tuition

The overall cost of attending the residential program amounts to $12,750, which includes case materials, accommodations, and most meals.

Online/On Campus: Online

Length: Eight Weeks


Who Should Apply?

The Business Analytics online certificate program from HBX is designed for anyone who has encountered—or plans to encounter—a data set and has wondered how to make sense of it. There are no prerequisites for the program as it is intended for individuals at all stages of their careers who would like to strengthen their analytical skills, including college students and recent graduates without a background in statistics, those considering an MBA or other graduate programs, or professionals seeking data literacy.

Program Structure

The online certificate program provides approximately 40 hours of material delivered over an eight-week period with a flexible program structure. There is no set time to log in. Participants complete the coursework on their own time while meeting regular deadlines. All course material is delivered through the HBX online platform.

Tuition

Students will be charged $1,500 for the online certificate program. There are financial aid and financing options available to HBX participants, which vary by program. Options available for CORe program participants also vary depending on whether participants have elected to enroll in the undergraduate credit version of the program through Harvard Extension School.

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