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Earn the Harvard Credential of Readiness (CORe) at NJCU

Jump start your career with a professional certificate or take all the preparation you need for entering the MBA program. (Undergraduate transfer credits for high performers coming soon).

  • Earn a Credential of Readiness issued by Harvard Business School Online.
  • Taught by world class Harvard Business School Online faculty with in-person classes led by NJCU instructor - coaches who are best-in-class industry professionals.
  • Course focuses on developing basic fluency in analytics, economics, and financial accounting.
  • Build a foundational set of skills that can help you get ahead.
Harvard Business School Online

Welcome to NJCU School of Business and to the collaboration with Harvard Business School’s digital learning initiative—Harvard Business School Online CORe.

Through Harvard Business School Online, students will engage with material through case-method instruction from HBS faculty and interact with participants from diverse backgrounds and experiences. In addition to the online material, in-person classes led by NJCU instructors, who are best-in-class industry professionals, will help to coach you through the online material as you are introduced to real-world scenarios.

This 150-hour program will provide you with the tools needed to develop skills in analytics, economics, and financial accounting and will conclude with a proctored exam (no additional fee) to earn the Credential of Readiness issued by Harvard Business School Online!

Note that Harvard Business School Online CORe is offered throughout the year with multiple durations of study—ranging from accelerated 8-week cohorts to extended 17-week cohorts. However, the course content and program requirements are identical regardless of the program length.


Abigail Maldonado's Experience With NJCU and Harvard Business School Online

Abigail Maldonado with Her Harvard Certificate

"I had been out of school for 15 years and was nervous about taking this step towards earning an M.B.A. However, I was put at ease once I found the program offered the Harvard Credential of Readiness as a prerequisite. The course is fast paced, well organized, and includes the essentials necessary to thrive in an M.B.A. program. Each module within the course provides theory and the practice of the key concepts and formulas in the field. While Harvard offers this online for anyone to take, I don't think I could have passed the course without the additional support from professors at NJCU."  


How the Program Works

Part 1 | Online Harvard Business School Online CORe Course
The bulk of your time will be spent online in Harvard Business School Online CORe. You will learn Business Analytics, Financial Accounting, and Economics for Managers via Harvard Business School Online’s innovative online platform. Course content is developed by Harvard Business School Faculty and leverages the school’s renowned case-method of study. You will interact with a global community of motivated learners through Harvard Business School Online CORe’s peer-to-peer learning model. The online platform fosters your engagements with course content and the larger global learning community.

Part 2 | Weekly In-Person Classes
Weekly class meetings will supplement the online experience through individualized coaching and supplemental discussions and interaction with best-in-class industry professionals and NJCU faculty, building your professional network within the Jersey City and greater Metropolitan community.

Part 3 | Final Exam
In order to earn The Credential of Readiness from Harvard Business School Online, you must pass a final exam during the two-week examination period. The test can be completed at a registered Pearson VUE testing facility in or near NJCU or one of their other global locations.


NJCU Graduate Student Earns Harvard Business School Online Certificate and Joins Harvard Alumni Team to Win Boston Food Bank Innovation Award

Judith Crane headshot

Judith Crane, currently enrolled in the graduate Professional Management Accounting Certificate program, recently partnered with a small group of Harvard Business School online alumni in the New York/New Jersey area to participate in a Harvard Innovation Challenge. There were more than a dozen self-selected teams of Harvard alumni around the world who agreed to accept the Innovation Challenge to be involved with a project to “End Hunger by 2028” for the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB). The challenge was organized by Harvard Business School Online inviting local chapters from around the world to participate. Judith’s NY/NJ team presented the winning proposal as judged by Harvard faculty and representatives of the GBFB.  

“It was an excellent opportunity to share my experiences and learn from others,” said Judith. “During the process, we diligently worked together, undertaking the research required and completing the final presentation. We were selected as finalists to participate in a live presentation. GBFB said all the finalists provided outstanding ideas, but our chapter presented the most effective proposal. It was a great achievement to be with a group that truly cared about the initiative and ultimately about serving the community.”


NJCU's Harvard Business School Online Coaches

"It's learning how to work with a team, work with your cohorts around the world, learning how to acquire knowledge, rather than just listening to a professor, or reading a book."
-Edward O’Connor, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management


"What the students learn from this package prepares them for the advanced content found in courses to follow."
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Dr. John Donnellan, current chair of the Management Department and former Vice President of JPMorgan for Liquidity


"It's as much being a coach as being a trainer..."
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Rick Mayell, currently assistant professor of Finance with 40 years of career experience on Wall Street at JPMorgan, private banking sector.


Contact Us

Isabel Casais, M.B.A
Assistant to the Dean for Graduate Enrollment
(201) 200-3230

Wanda Rutledge, MBA, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Business Programs and Associate Professor, Management Department

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