The Hybrid Learning Experience

The Harvard Business Analytics Program is delivered through a combination of online and in-person learning experiences. Our online format allows you to advance your education and take your career to the next level. Each cohort includes students from a variety of backgrounds, countries, and levels of expertise, so you can network with and learn from a diverse array of like-minded professionals around the world.

Course Registration

The Harvard Business Analytics Program allows you to register and pay for a customized course load each term. You can take as few as one core course or up to two, plus a seminar and an immersion. Keep in mind that some courses require prerequisites, which you can find on the homepage.

We’ve designed our course sequence like this to give you greater flexibility when managing your time and budgeting for the program. Once you are accepted, you will start building your schedule with a Student Success Advisor.

Online Learning

As a student, you will be challenged to demonstrate and apply ideas and technologies both inside and outside of classes. All of your courses will have recorded, produced, and interactive content as well as live sessions.

Live Weekly Classes

You will join your classmates in live, online class sessions led by faculty members from Harvard Business School (HBS), the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). Online classes are structured around the case method of teaching—an approach pioneered by Harvard—that exposes you to business challenges relevant to today’s industry.

Coursework on Your Schedule

Prior to class, you will log in to the online platform and complete assignments that will inform class discussions. You can access coursework on your own schedule, from any device. In addition to completing online coursework, you will attend weekly Peer Meetings and discuss a case or problem set with other members of your cohort. These enrich the live session experience by providing a platform for you to work through challenges prior to class and network with your peers.

On-Campus Experiences

In addition to the online learning components of the program, you will attend two in-person immersions, each lasting two and a half days, on campus at Harvard Business School in Boston.

During these in-person experiences, you will meet face-to-face with your classmates, network with faculty and industry leaders during nightly events, tour the Harvard campus, and participate in hands-on guided learning exercises. You will also use the Harvard Business School case method, formulating solutions to real-world business scenarios as a way to understand relevant challenges in the industry. Recent topics of discussion have included reputation systems, data sharing and security, and organizational leadership.

You will be responsible for travel and room and board costs for both immersions. Specific details regarding hotel costs and location may vary based on the cohort. As this is a non-degree-bearing program, we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for international students attending an immersion.

Upcoming Immersion Schedule

Upcoming Immersion Schedule
Term Immersion Date
Winter 2021 January 13-15, 2021
Spring 2021 March 29-31, 2021
Summer 2021 June 27-29, 2021
Fall 2021 September 24-26, 2021

* While immersions typically take place on campus as large in-person gatherings, the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and related government and university restrictions on travel and gatherings require us to hold several upcoming immersions in virtual format.

Class Profile

Because our program can be completed from anywhere in the world, our online students come from a range of ages, experiences, and points in their careers. The diversity of each cohort can help you broaden your perspective and cultivate connections with peers at every level.

28-78Age range
17.7Average years of
work experience
65%Hold an
advanced degree
28-66Age range

17.5Average years of
work experience


70%Hold an
advanced degree


A selection of industries students work in:

  • Consulting, business, or professional services
  • Government
  • Education/academia
  • Entertainment/recreation
  • Finance
  • Health care/pharmaceuticals
  • Information systems
  • Oil and gas
  • Real estate
  • Retail

A selection of professional titles students hold:

  • Senior director, supply chain operations
  • Associate director, corporate analytics
  • Director of product management
  • Data analyst
  • Founder/CEO
  • Chief engineer, business analytics
  • Chief financial officer (CFO)
  • Chief operating officer (COO)
  • Software engineer
  • VP of operations

A selection of companies students work at:

  • Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • The Boston Consulting Group
  • Twitter
  • Georgetown University
  • Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • Oracle
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • IBM
  • UnitedHealth Group

Based on self-reported application data

LinkedIn Premium Career

Through the Harvard Business Analytics Program, you will receive free access to LinkedIn Premium Career, which allows you to see who has viewed your LinkedIn profile and how they found you, directly message hiring managers, and access a library of short skill-building videos and courses.

These tools allow you to sharpen your skills, strengthen your network and enhance your impact within your organization—and beyond.

Academic Accommodations

The Harvard Business Analytics Program welcomes participants of all backgrounds and abilities. Students with documented disabilities can follow the accommodations request process to ensure equivalent access to online and in-person learning experiences. Visit the Academic Accommodations page for more information on the request process.

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