South Dakota Mines Signs Collaborative Agreement with Harvard Business School

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A new agreement between the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and the Harvard Business School will allow SD Mines students to earn a business fundamentals HBX Credential of Readiness to complement their STEM degrees and boost their career potential.

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Several of our students took CORe last summer and rated it highly as a good complement to our exceptional engineering program.

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has signed a collaborative agreement with the Harvard Business School to make available the HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe) business fundamentals program to SD Mines students.

The HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe) is a multi-week online program focused on the fundamentals of business thinking. Designed for non-business majors, CORe includes coursework in business analytics, economics for managers and financial accounting taught using the Harvard Business School case-study method.

“Several of our students took CORe last summer and rated it highly as a good complement to our exceptional engineering program. We are particularly interested in encouraging our students to take this program while on internships and co-ops,” said Heather Wilson, president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

In recent years, 78 percent of SD Mines students have had at least one paid internship or co-op experience in industry before graduation.

The program is taught entirely by Harvard Business School faculty and is offered online through the school’s unique HBX platform with a worldwide cohort of students. HBX will reserve space for Mines students in each CORe cohort, and Mines will share information with HBX on financial aid eligibility for need-based scholarships. Because the workload requires approximately 150 hours and takes place over a multi-week period, Mines will recommend students participate in CORe while on internship or co-op to enhance their professional readiness.

“Through this agreement, we are delighted to bring the CORe program to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and look forward to deepening our engagement with this community,” said Harvard Business School professor Bharat Anand, faculty chair of HBX.

Mines students may apply now for the next HBX CORe programs beginning May 17 or June 7.

To complement its array of engineering and science majors, SD Mines offers the Six Sigma Greenbelt, Certificate in Engineering Management and Leadership, Global Engineering Certificate and Technology Innovation Certificate, as well as its signature Mines Advantage professional development program designed to boost the workplace success of its graduates.

Learn more at the HBX or South Dakota Mines HBX Credential of Readiness in Business webpages.

About SD Mines
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,843 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 98 percent, with an average early-career salary for graduates of $62,300, according to the 2015-2016 PayScale report. Find us online at and on Facebook and Twitter.

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