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If you have additional questions or need help finding the program best suited to your needs, contact an HBS Executive Education client service specialist at:
Telephone: 1-800-427-5577 (outside the U.S., dial +1-617-495-6555)
To ensure a rich learning experience for all participants, admission to Executive Education programs is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. For most programs, proficiency in written English is required, and participants must be fluent in the English language to take an active part in fast-moving discussions. (However, please note that some programs are offered in both English and Chinese.)
For each program, we carefully select a cross-section of high-potential leaders from around the globe who have different backgrounds and experiences. This diversity enables participants to enhance their management effectiveness by leveraging the experience of their peers and acquiring a new level of cultural sensitivity.
In addition, most programs require participants to have full company sponsorship.
You should identify a senior executive within your company to serve as your company sponsor. This individual should be named on your application. As your sponsor, he or she is involved in your learning and development, and will ensure that you are free from your official duties during the program.
In addition, five programs require that your sponsor complete a Sponsoring Statement as part of the application process. These programs are the Advanced Management Program, the General Management Program, the Program for Leadership Development, the High Potentials Leadership Program, and Leading with Impact. This Sponsoring Statement provides the Admissions Committee with a better understanding of your background, roles, and potential as a leader. Upon receipt of your application for one of these programs, the Admissions Committee will email your company sponsor a link to a Sponsoring Statement form. This Sponsoring Statement must be completed before the committee will review your application.
HBS campus programs – Executive Education participants live on campus in suites of six to eight single private rooms arranged around a common area. To enhance learning and stimulate collaboration, these "living groups" are equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia equipment. Individual bedrooms include a private bath and standard amenities, as well as a desktop computer equipped with high-speed Internet access. In addition, wireless Internet is available throughout all HBS Executive Education facilities.
China programs – Participants stay in single-occupancy rooms at a conveniently located five-star hotel or a designated university facility.
Europe programs – Participants stay in single-occupancy rooms at the five-star hotel where the program is offered.
India programs – Participants stay in single-occupancy, deluxe sea-view rooms at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai, one of the city's finest hotels.
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For all programs on the HBS campus, you may choose to bring your own laptop, tablet, or other device, but this is not required. Every participant's room is equipped with a desktop computer and high-speed Internet access, which you can use for all program assignments. Each room has both wired and wireless Internet access for your convenience. Please remember to bring a voltage adapter if you are from outside the United States.
For all non-HBS campus programs, all participants are encouraged to bring a laptop computer to use for program assignments. The facilities have both wired and wireless Internet access. You may need to bring a voltage adapter if you are from outside the country where the program is held.
Most programs begin with registration, followed by an opening session and a dinner function. If your travel plans necessitate late arrival, please be sure to notify us so that alternate registration arrangements can be made for you. Please note the following about registration:
HBS campus programs – Registration takes place in your residence hall.
China and Europe programs – Registration takes place in the designated facility.
India programs – Registration takes place outside the classroom.
HBS campus programs – The Harvard Business School campus is located in Boston directly opposite Harvard Stadium and across the Charles River from Harvard University and Harvard Square. View our campus map and directions. Public transportation and taxicabs are readily available from Logan International Airport and from the Amtrak train hub at South Station. In addition, executive car service can be pre-arranged by contacting a service provider, including:
China and Europe programs – You will receive your residence assignment and other pertinent information in your admissions package prior to the start of your program. Public transportation and taxicabs are readily available from the local international airport or train station. In addition, executive car service can be pre-arranged by contacting a local service provider.
India programs – The Harvard Business School classroom is located at the Taj Lands End hotel in Mumbai, 12 km from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and 8 km from Santa Cruz Domestic Airport. Taxicabs are readily available outside both airports. If you are arriving from outside India, we suggest that you book a car directly with the Taj Lands End. Visit the Mumbai Local website for maps, directions, and more details.
HBS campus programs – South Station is located approximately six miles (9.6 km) from the HBS campus. During rush hour, you should allow 25 to 35 minutes to get to campus; at other times of day, 15 to 20 minutes. Visit the Amtrak website for train schedules and rail information.
China programs offered at the Harvard Center Shanghai – The nearest train station is Lujiazui Station on Line 2 of the Shanghai Metro.
Europe programs – Information will be provided in the information packet you receive prior to the start of the program.
India programs – The most efficient means of traveling to the Taj Lands End hotel is by car.
In accordance with Harvard University policy, Harvard Business School is committed to providing an educational and a work environment free from any form of discrimination. HBS will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability. Discrimination is unlawful and inconsistent with the nature of an academic institution. Joanne Cornetta has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies for Executive Education (+1-617-495-6227 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Participants can expect a carefully integrated mix of lectures, presentations, business simulations, small group discussions, and the hallmark HBS case study method.
Pioneered by HBS, the case method is employed as the best tool to teach general management and leadership. Case studies offer multiple levels of learning, compelling participants to identify relevant issues and to apply practical business lessons to their own situations and companies. Executive Education participants benefit from an added dimension no other business school can offer: the opportunity to be taught by many of the faculty who wrote the cases and have personal knowledge of the problems and solutions presented.
Harvard Business School does not offer a part-time MBA or an Executive MBA (eMBA program). The MBA program at HBS requires full-time attendance for two years.
Executive Education programs are designed to help experienced executives and senior managers advance to the next stage of their career, guide their business through specific challenges, and become more effective leaders. However, HBS does offer a unique alternative to the typical eMBA program—the Program for Leadership Development (PLD). Unlike an eMBA, PLD is tailored to your unique needs and leadership challenges. This intensive program is distinguished by one-on-one coaching, collaborative learning through "living groups," personal strategy projects, practical application, and a faculty composed of full-time HBS professors.
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