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Looking to transition to a new field without having to plunk down the tens of thousands of dollars it costs — or commit the two years it takes — to get your MBA degree? Then you might want to consider earning a professional certificate or credential through an online MBA program.
One particularly effective program is Harvard Business School Online. Patrick Mullane, executive director of HBS Online, told Business Insider that the virtual program got its start six years ago. Since then, HBS Online has educated more than 100,000 participants.
“There’s no doubt that the work put in during those years to develop a case-based online program served us well when the pandemic hit,” Mullane said. “There are many institutions that had to start from scratch. We weren’t one of them.”
Michele Reynolds, who handles brand marketing and PR for HBS Online, said that there was a surge this spring for most online education providers, including Coursera and edX, “presumably because people were stuck inside and looking for something productive to occupy their time.” Reynolds shared that April was the peak month for HBS Online, with traffic increasing nearly 400%, compared to the average of January through March.
“Year-over-year, we saw a 650% increase in traffic in spring (April through June), compared to spring 2019,” Reynolds said.
“Cleary the combination of economic uncertainty and the desire to learn from home drove significant interest in our online business courses,” Mullane added. “We also believe that our unique pedagogy — the case method, which is essentially learning through storytelling — drove some of this growth.”
The HBS Online program currently offers 12 courses on a broad range of topics and is based on the same case-based model that Harvard Business School (HBS) uses. The program also offers an option called the online Credential of Readiness (CORe), which consists of three courses (“Business Analytics,” “Economics for Managers,” and “Financial Accounting”) plus a final exam. By completing CORe, in addition to receiving the credential you can also earn undergraduate credit.
Students enrolled in HBS Online can select to either complete coursework on their own time through the school’s course platform or participate via a “real-time online classroom,” which allows them to log in at specific times for live engagement with HBS faculty and other classmates.
Many students choose the online route at HBS not just for the flexibility but because it’s comparatively cheap. While the average price tag of MBA programs is between $50,000 and $80,000 (and can go up to $150,000 at top schools), many of HBS Online’s courses can be purchased for just $1,600. The CORe program is priced at a relatively reasonable $2,250.
And it’s a great option for getting a Harvard-level education — the school was recently ranked No. 1 in the world for 2020 by higher-education analysts at Quacquarelli Symonds for business and management studies.
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Source:: Business Insider