As I mentioned previously, I took a look at Harvard’s MBA curriculum to see what the key components of a good business school education are. Why Harvard? Easy – it’s the best. Harvard Business School is not only the pioneer of business education, but consistently ranks as the #1 business school in both domestic and international business school rankings. Unless you are an alumnus of the likes of Wharton or Stanford, I think we can all agree that HBS is the best business school to use for my curriculum benchmarking exercise.
For this project, I am focused on the core curriculum of the business school. Most business schools have some kind of core coursework requirement. At Harvard, it’s the first year – called the Required Curriculum. The second year at Harvard is filled with electives that allow each student some freedom to customize their MBA. For my purposes, I’m looking at just the core – the Required Curriculum.
As you can see from their website, the Required Curriculum looks like this:
Using this is my ideal curriculum, I set out to find free, online courses that cover the same fundamental material. Again, my goal is to acquire the same knowledge and skills from my homemade MBA as I would have at a real brick and mortar MBA program.
I was shocked at how easy it was to build my homemade MBA curriculum. In practically no time, I found free, online courses on Coursera that align almost perfectly with the HBS MBA Required Curriculum. Here’s what my curriculum comparison looks like:
Insert “that was easy” button here.
I’m interested to hear what you think of this curriculum for a self study MBA? What’s missing? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.