FinTech online short course

Course starts tomorrow (Still accepting late registrations)

Course information

Registration Closes:
15 October 2019
Course Starts:
23 October 2019
6 weeks, excluding orientation
8 - 10 hours per week, entirely online
USD $3,600
Payment Options
Harvard's VPAL
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“From disruptive threat to enabling partner, FinTech has entered a new phase of its evolution”.*

In recent years, the FinTech landscape has been defined by disruptive digital technology transforming banking and financial services. FinTech companies have successfully filled gaps left by existing financial institutions to serve customers’ changing needs. FinTech has moved beyond the disruption of financial industries and is in the process of being adopted by a variety of financial institutions. The industry is now defined by who will drive this innovation.

The Harvard VPAL FinTech online short course offers an up-to-date look into the FinTech industry. It provides expert guidance and insight into the shifting nature of the financial sector and a holistic understanding of the technologies and innovations set to shape the future of finance and business. It also examines the growth of regulation in the industry, how older institutions are adapting to these changes, and the changing strategies of start-ups to ensure profitability.

Utilizing innovative pedagogical approaches pioneered by the Harvard Business School, this online short course adapts the Case Method Approach for online education by presenting real-life challenges that reflect the complex, ever-changing nature of the FinTech landscape and placing the student in the role of the decision maker to assess engagement and understanding of the topics.

*Deloitte (Sept, 2018)

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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate from Harvard’s VPAL in this online course and be empowered to:

  • Gain clarity on the speculation and hype of the FinTech landscape in order to better understand how to tackle transformative initiatives and prepare for future financial services priorities
  • Analyze and identify the technologies set to shape the future of finance and examine the potential for partnerships between incumbents and new age technology companies
  • Explore who is currently adopting and driving financial innovations using real-world examples to assess the changes, disruption and adaptations resulting from the rise of FinTech solutions
  • Think strategically and creatively about problems faced by real companies to critically assess the future of FinTech

Course curriculum

Engage with and think critically about the maturing FinTech landscape, as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Reshaping the banking and payments industry
  • Module 2 Raising money with FinTech
  • Module 3 Harnessing data with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Module 4 Transforming personal finance with FinTech
  • Module 5 Demystifying blockchain and cryptocurrency
  • Module 6 Forging the future of FinTech
  • Conference Week  An optional final week for sharing capstone project presentations

Engage with FinTech Innovation

This Harvard VPAL online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you explore what FinTech means for your organization and the future of business and finance.

Your Course Conveners

The design of this online course is guided by HARVARD VPAL faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.


Lauren Cohen

Lauren Cohen

L.E. Simmons Professor of Business Administration

Lauren H. Cohen received a Ph.D. in finance and an MBA from the University of Chicago in 2005. He earned dual undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania – a BSE from the Wharton School and a BA in economics from the College of Arts & Sciences in 2001. He serves on the advisory board of Quadriserv, Inc.

He is the L.E. Simmons Professor of Business Administration in the Finance Unit at the Harvard Business School, an Editor of Management Science, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He teaches Asset Management at the Harvard Business School, along with numerous Executive Education courses.



Christopher Malloy

Sylvan C. Coleman Professor of Financial Management

Christopher J. Malloy received a Ph.D. in Finance and an MBA from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and a BA in Economics from Yale University.

He is the Sylvan C. Coleman Chaired Professor of Financial Management in the Finance Unit at Harvard Business School, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining HBS in 2007, Professor Malloy was an Assistant Professor in the Finance Department at London Business School, where he was on faculty from 2003-2007, and previously worked for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington D.C.

He has taught courses in Investment Strategies, Behavioral Finance, FinTech, Family Office Management, Stock Pitching, Corporate Finance, and Equity Investment Management, and currently co-heads the HBS executive program Finance for Senior Executives.

Earn a premier certificate from Harvard VPAL

Become formally recognized for your knowledge when you earn a premier certificate from Harvard’s VPAL and use it to set yourself apart as you support and guide your business into the maturing FinTech landscape.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


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Our next available short course starts tomorrow. (Still accepting late registrations)

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