FinTech online short course

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Course information

Registration Closes:
8 September 2020
Course Starts:
16 September 2020
6 weeks, excluding orientation
8–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
USD $3,600
Payment Options
Harvard's VPAL


In recent years, the FinTech landscape has been defined by disruptive digital technology transforming banking and financial services. Since then, FinTech companies have successfully filled gaps left by existing financial institutions to serve customers’ evolving needs. The industry is now defined by innovation drivers, moving beyond disruption and towards widely adopted technology.

This online short course offers an up-to-date look into the maturing 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.

Utilizing innovative pedagogical approaches pioneered by the Harvard Business School, this course adapts the Case Method Approach for online education by presenting real-life challenges that reflect the complex, dynamic nature of the FinTech landscape.

Equip yourself with the knowledge to tackle transformative initiatives and capitalize on technological opportunities within financial services.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • Clarity on the speculation and hype of the FinTech landscape and the skills and knowledge to tackle innovation initiatives
  • An understanding of the technologies shaping the future of finance and the potential for partnerships between incumbents, new age tech companies and investors
  • The ability to critically assess the future of FinTech and think strategically and creatively about problems faced by real companies
  • The opportunity to network with a cohort of like-minded professionals at an additional conference week

Is this course for you?

This online course is designed for business decision-makers, financial professionals, and senior management professionals to better contextualize, interpret, and respond to the transformed financial services industry.

It will benefit anyone within the financial innovation space, particularly those wanting to adopt the creative methods and strategic approaches used within FinTech.

Course curriculum

Explore the drivers and adopters of FinTech innovations, as you work 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 short course is guided by faculty from Harvard's Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth 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

Learn about FinTech and earn a premier certificate from Harvard’s Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in association with HarvardX.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


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