RISD and Harvard have partnered to offer RISD students an amazing online learning experience to gain core business skills and knowledge.

RISD Careers is pleased to announce our collaboration with Harvard Business School Online and their Credential of Readiness (CORe) program which will provide you with the fundamentals of business. All RISD students can now enroll in the program for either the May or June sessions for only $450. The CORe program has been deeply discounted from the cost of $2,250 since RISD is part of their Collaborating College network. 

Overview of Program

CORe is an interactive online program, with no prior business experience or coursework required.

CORe utilizes Harvard Business School's proven case method and social learning experience to help you develop real world analytical and problem solving skills.

CORe teaches you the essentials of business - Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting - through immersive case studies and a fully interactive online platform.

Learn the language of business, gain knowledge that can help your career, and add the experience to your resume and LinkedIn profile. 


Havard's HBS CORe program is open to all RISD students - undergraduate, graduate, international and includes graduating students.

How to Enroll for Harvard's Special Offer 

Students will need to apply to the May or June CORe sessions using their RISD email address.

Apply for the HBS Program

Once you receive notification of your acceptance, you will need to log-in and enter the promo code on the payment page. IMPORTANT: Review and follow the process instructions linked below. Also, to attain the promo code, complete the Google Form linked below. The remaining program fee must be paid with a credit card.

Special Offer Instructions

Obtain Promo Code

Additional Funding Support For Summer Sessions

The Career Center will provide $8,000 of support ($4,000 for the May cohort & $4,000 for the June cohort to cover the remaining costs of $450.) This will be distributed among students based on their completion of the program and their performance.

To be considered for funding, RISD students must complete the program, take the final exam, and then notify Kevin Jankowski, Director RISD Career Center, at kjankows@risd.edu when this has been accomplished. Once students attain their final grades, they must also submit them to Kevin Jankowski and a deadline will be established to do so. This additional funding is only available after these steps are taken.

For students who meet the above eligibility, funding support will start with the top performing students (based on their grades) to cover their remaining cost of $450 and will continue until the $4,000 has been depleted for each session. Since funding may be depleted, this support is not guaranteed for all that are eligible.