Applying to HBX CORe

HBX is now accepting applications for future sessions of CORe. Space is limited in each cohort, so we encourage you to apply early.

Upcoming Cohorts

November 2016 

Length: 19 Weeks (with two week break. See cohort calendar
Program Dates: 11/1/2016 - 3/16/2017
Exam Dates: 3/21/2017 - 4/3/2017
Credential Cost: $1,950
For Credit Cost: N/A
Application Deadline: 10/17/2016 

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January 2017 

Length: 12 Weeks
Program Dates: 1/10/2017 - 4/5/2017
Exam Dates: 4/10/2017 - 4/23/2017
Credential Cost: $1,950
For Credit Cost: $3,600
Application Deadline: 12/19/2016 

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Applying to HBX CORe

Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis with admissions decisions announced approximately every other week. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern time on the application deadline unless otherwise noted. 


Time Commitment

The HBX CORe Program is offered with multiple durations of study—ranging from 8 to 19 weeks.  However, the course content and program requirements are identical regardless of the program length. Our goal in offering different program lengths is to give learners different options to balance the program’s rigors with their particular lifestyle and responsibilities. Please request more information, and we will keep you posted as we announce future cohorts. 

The median time required to complete the program is approximately 150 hours, though this learning time varies widely among participants. Some participants spend more time on the platform to enhance their understanding of course concepts and share insights with peers. This time includes all coursework on the HBX platform (including written reflections and quizzes) as well as engagement with peers. This does not include review work outside the platform or preparing for and taking the three-hour CORe final exam.

In the highly accelerated versions of CORe—8-week and 10-week cohorts—you should be prepared to spend more time per week on the program. Although we have smoothed out the workload as evenly as possible, you should expect that some weeks will require more work than others.


Noncredit cohorts

The fee for HBX CORe is $1,950. Institutional need-based scholarships are available to current students who can demonstrate financial need. The online HBX CORe application features an "Institutional Need-Based Scholarship" section that will assist in determining your eligibility. Financing options are also available.


Credit cohorts

The fee for the undergraduate credit option—available for the January 2017 cohort—is $3,600. By passing CORe, you'll earn eight undergraduate credits from Harvard Extension School or Harvard Summer School. If you are an American undergraduate degree candidate receiving federal financial aid and you secure approval to transfer the CORe credits to your home institution, you may use your financial aid for CORe.

Please note, undergraduate credit is only available for select CORe cohorts (as listed above). When you start your application, you can select whether you are seeking admission for the for-credit or noncredit option of CORe. 

If you have any further questions, please contact us at

I believe that CORe helped prove to prospective employers, as well as myself, that I understand the fundamentals of business.

John Bihn
Saginaw, MI
Williams College