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 the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS)

Online/On Campus: Online With On-Campus Immersions

Length: Nine Months

Who Should Apply?

The online program is suited for emerging and established leaders with a strong foundation in business strategy, as well as an academic or professional background that prepares them to succeed in a rigorous cross-disciplinary curriculum. Ideal candidates aspire to drive innovation by mastering analytics practices, using data to uncover insights, and incorporating their findings into strategy at the top levels of their organizations.

Program Structure

The Harvard Business Analytics Program consists of six core courses and two seminars delivered through a highly interactive online learning platform, where students can collaborate with their peers and discuss case studies in real time during class. Coursework can be viewed and completed via desktop or mobile application from any connected device. Additionally, two in-person immersions bring students to the Harvard Business School campus to network and solve real-world business problems. The program can be completed in as little as nine months.

Program Fees

The $51,500 program fee 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.

Competing on Business Analytics and Big Data

Harvard Business School (HBS)

Online/On Campus: On Campus

Length: 5 days

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

Through faculty presentations, global case studies, and small-group discussions, participants explore how market-leading companies are using customer data to reshape their capabilities, offerings, and industries—and gain competitive advantage. This executive education program begins with foundational concepts in data analysis and moves on to examine the strategic opportunities and challenges presented by big data. In the process, participants will explore hot-button issues such as blockchain and predictive analytics.


The overall cost of attending the residential program amounts to $13,000 which includes tuition, case materials, accommodations, and most meals.

Harvard Business School Online

Online/On Campus: Online

Length: Eight Weeks

Who Should Apply?

The Business Analytics online certificate program from Harvard Business School Online 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 Harvard Business School Online platform.


Students will be charged $1,600 for the online certificate program. There are financial aid and financing options available to Harvard Business School Online 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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