Your HBX Courses questions, answered.

About HBX Courses

What courses are available now?

HBX Courses is a series of unique online learning programs currently being developed by leading Harvard Business School faculty to help you gain critical management skills. All HBX Courses will feature Harvard Business School's signature case-based teaching methodology to promote an active and social learning experience delivered on the proprietary HBX online learning platform.

Our current offerings include Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen and Leading with Finance. Additional courses are currently in development. If you are interested in learning more about any of our courses, please fill out the following form to request more information or create an account and begin your application!

What is the difference between HBX Courses and CORe?

Course

Audience

Price Material Course Length Completion Requirements Grades Certification
CORe Early Career $1,800 Business fundamentals Varies (8-18 weeks) Must complete all quizzes, final exam, and meet participation requirements. Grades assigned on scale (Pass with High Honors, Pass, etc) Credential of Readiness
HBX Courses Experienced Professionals $1,500 Graduate level concepts Varies (6-8 weeks) Successful completion requires completion of all modules and active participation on the course platform No grades Certification of Completion
Disruptive Strategy Private Cohorts For Organizations Teams from organizations and businesses Contact us Graduate level concepts with application to specific organizational strategic question 5 - 10 weeks Successful completion requires completion of all modules and participation in team meetings No grades Certification of Completion
When will more courses become available?

More HBX Courses are currently in development and are expected to be available to both organizations and individual learners within the next year.  Please let us know if you are interested in learning more about these courses and we will update you as more information becomes available.

What topics will be covered in future courses?

We are working closely with Harvard Business School faculty to bring their best ideas to life on the HBX course platform. Course topics include decision-making, change, strategy, finance, healthcare, and general management.

Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen

How much does this course cost?

For those taking the course as an individual learner, the fee for the Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen course is $1,500.

Interested in scaling the learnings of Professor Christensen's foundational frameworks across your organization? We also offer private cohorts that are priced so you can afford to engage your entire team. Contact us for details.

How long does the course last?

For individuals, Disruptive Strategy requires roughly 30 hours over the course of six weeks.

For organizations enrolling in private cohorts, the course start date and timeframe for the course are flexible to suit your organization’s needs. Most organizations complete the course over a 10 week period requiring approximately 2 – 4 hours from the participants every two weeks.

How much time do I need to dedicate to the course?

For individuals, the course should take approximately 4-6 hours per week over the course of 6 weeks.

For organizations in private cohorts, successful learners will spend roughly 2-4 hours a week in the course: 1 to 3 hours working through the course platform on their own time, and approximately 1 hour working together with their team.

What are the deadlines for enrolling in the individuals program of Disruptive Strategy?

The application deadline for the June 2016 course is June 1st, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET with registration and payment due by June 15th, 2016. The application deadline for the August 2016 course is August 21st, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET with registration and payment due by August 26th at 12:00 PM ET, and the application deadline for the October 2016 course is October 5th, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET. Apply now!

What are my payment options?

At this time, HBX does not offer tuition assistance for Disruptive Strategy.

Currently, we accept credit card payments only. The fee must be paid in full prior to applicant registration.

Can I receive a refund if I decide I no longer want to complete Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen?

A refund, minus a processing fee, may be given only to applicants for this particular program that withdraw prior to the start of the course. After the course has begun, no refunds are available.

Who would benefit from taking Disruptive Strategy?

Disruptive Strategy is intended for entrepreneurs and business professionals across all industries that have approximately 10 years or more of business experience. The subject matter for Disruptive Strategy is better suited for those that are more seasoned in their professional careers or who have started companies, versus those that are just starting out, so that they may successfully apply what they have learned to their own role, organization, or next career move.

The private organizational cohorts are intended for those involved in, or responsible for, the setting, influencing, and/or execution of strategy within an organization. These individuals tend to be manager or director level and above.  The course is designed to work effectively both cross-functionally and within specific functional groups.

What are the learning requirements in order to successfully complete the course?

Participants are expected to fully complete all questionnaires, group assignments, cold calls, personal reflections, and other assessments for each of the five modules in order to satisfactorily complete the course.

What are the minimum requirements for a private organizational cohort?

These cohorts are intended for those involved in, or responsible for, the setting, influencing, and/or execution of strategy within an organization. These individuals tend to be manager or director level and above. The course is designed to work effectively both cross-functionally and within specific functional groups.

In order to achieve the optimal level of group participation within a private organizational setting, Disruptive Strategy for organizations requires at least a group of 5 participants. Successful learners will spend roughly 2-4 hours a week in the course: 1 to 3 hours working through the course platform on their own time, and approximately 1 hour working together in team huddles at the end of each module.

These sessions allow the participants the opportunity to share their thoughts and to apply the content, in order to address their organization’s specific strategic question. These huddles can happen in-person or over the phone like a typical conference call.  

 

What do I receive upon completion of the course?

Upon successfully completing all five modules of the course on time and actively engaging with your peers on our course platform, you will receive a Certificate of Completion in HBX Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen from the Harvard Business School.

How are grades assigned?

No grades are assigned for the course, and there are no quizzes or exams. 

Do I need to log in to the course at certain times?

There are no formal class times for this course.  All learning happens asynchronously online, so you may complete the course on your own time at your own pace.  

Technical Requirements

What are the technology requirements for HBX Courses?

HBX Courses are designed to work on an internet-connected desktop or notebook computer running either the Chrome or Firefox browser. Tablet computers and smartphones are not supported for HBX Courses at this time. A broadband internet connection is highly recommended to access the rich media in the program.

What is the minimum bandwidth necessary to utilize the platform?

The HBX platform allows you to engage with the content and watch the course videos with bandwidth of at least 750 Kbps download speed. At this speed, you may experience video buffering and some slowness. Videos can be viewed in HD, or ‘high' quality with a minimum recommended bandwidth of 2 Mbps download speed. Your browser performance will also affect your experience on the HBX platform. To avoid browser-based issues and to ensure the best experience, we recommend that you update your browser to its latest version

Certificate

How should I list the Certificate of Completion on my resume?

Once you've earned your Certificate of Completion, list it on your resume along with the date of completion, like this:

December 2015 HBX | Harvard Business School
Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen: Certificate of Completion

How should I add the Certificate of Completion to my LinkedIn profile?

List your certificate on your LinkedIn profile under "Education" as follows:

School: HBX | Harvard Business School
Dates Attended: the year you participated in the course
Degree: Other; "Title of the course"
Field of Study: leave blank
Grade: "Pass"
Activities and Societies: leave blank
Description: Add a short description of the program using language from the HBX website

Using Disruptive Strategy as an example, the certificate should appear on your LinkedIn profile as:

HBX | Harvard Business School
Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen, Pass
2015

HBX Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen is a 6-week, 30 hour certificate program from Harvard Business School. Disruptive Strategy helps students become fluent in disruption theory and gain confidence in articulating complex viewpoints, apply strategic frameworks to assess new opportunities and potential threats, and acquire techniques for executive-level strategy formulation and team management. The program was developed by leading Harvard Business School faculty and is delivered in an active learning environment based on the HBS signature case-based learning model.

Does the Certificate of Completion from HBX grant me alumni status to Harvard or Harvard Business School?

When you earn your Certificate, you will not be considered a Harvard Business School or Harvard alum. However, we aim to offer ongoing learning opportunities and additional benefits for individuals who have successfully completed the course.

Leading with Finance

Who would benefit from taking Leading with Finance?

Leading with Finance is designed for leaders who need to look at their business from a deeper financial perspective and who wish to gain the skills and confidence needed to make and convey better financial decisions. This course is also for finance professionals who wish to update their knowledge of finance in order to grow their career. 

What are the application requirements?

Successful applicants will have approximately 10 years or more of professional work experience and an undergraduate degree, or have successfully completed HBX CORe. Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential.

There is no fee to apply.

What is the admissions process?

All applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. Then, upon admission to the program, successful applicants will have to register and pay the required amount by the registration deadline to begin the course. Everything is completed online. 

How long does the course last?

The course consists of 30-35 hours or material delivered over a 6-week period with a flexible program structure. There are certain deadlines that must be met on a weekly basis with the goal of keeping the majority of the cohort focused on the same topics to optimize social interactions.

How much time do I need to dedicate to the course?

The course should take approximately 5 hours per week over the course of 6 weeks.

Do I need to log in to the course at certain times?

There are no formal class times for this course.  All learning happens asynchronously online, so participants are able to complete the course on their own time at their own pace. That said, there are certain deadlines that must be met on a weekly basis with the goal of keeping the majority of the cohort focused on the same topics to maximize social interactions.

What are the learning requirements in order to successfully complete the course and how are grades assigned?

Participants in Leading with Finance are eligible for a Certificate of Completion, signed by Professor Mihir Desai, from HBX and Harvard Business School. To earn the certificate, participants must complete all coursework in a thoughtful and timely manner. This includes:

  • Completing modules and quizzes by the stated deadline. Every module concludes with a quiz to test your understanding of course concepts. If a passing score is not earned, there is an option to re-take the quiz. Participants must earn a passing score by the quiz’s deadline.
  • Submission of a final paper by the associated deadline.

In addition to completing the module quizzes and final paper, participants are expected to engage with their cohort of fellow learners via peer help and by commenting on the posts of their fellow participants. This type of social engagement is a valuable part of the HBX learning model and serves to enhance both the individual and community learnings throughout the duration of the program.There is no specified number of comments that are expected from each participant. The quality of contributions is valued over the quantity. Participants who do not exhibit engagement in the collective conversation will not be eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

There are no final grades assigned for this course.

What do I receive upon completion of the course?

Upon successfully completing all six modules of the course, their associated quizzes and the final paper on time, as well as actively engaging with peers on the HBX course platform, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion of HBX Finance: Leading with Finance from HBX and the Harvard Business School.

How much does this course cost?

For those taking the course as an individual learner, the fee for the Leading with Finance course will be $1,200 for the November 2016 cohort. Please note that this is a special introductory price, and it will increase to $1,500 for future cohorts.

What are my payment options?

At this time, HBX does not offer tuition assistance for Leading with Finance.

Currently, we accept credit card payments only. The fee must be paid in full upon registration.

What are the deadlines for enrolling in the individuals program of Leading with Finance?

Application deadlines are listed for each cohort on the Admissions Section of the Finance course page.

Can I receive a refund if I decide I no longer want to complete Leading with Finance?

A refund, minus a processing fee, may be given only to applicants for this particular program that withdraw prior to the start of the course. After the course has begun, no refunds are available.