Strategy Essentials Specialization

Whether you are an experienced business professional looking to refresh your strategy know-how or completely new to developing strategy, this specialization will give you the confidence and skills to assess industry and organization structure, develop a plan to grow your firm, and formulate and recommend business strategy. Taught by Darden professors Michael Lenox and Jared Harris, this engaging, 3-course specialization features a course project, program mentors, online office hours and peer feedback to ensure that you get the support you need to develop and implement a sustainable, successful strategy.


Featured Courses & Upcoming Dates:

Strategy Analysis
8 June - 19 July 2020

Develop your ability to think strategically, analyze your firm’s positioning, develop competitive advantage, and recommend your firm’s value proposition. You’ll learn how to use key analysis and frameworks to better understand the foundations of successful business strategy.

Growth Strategy
27 July - 6 September 2020

Learn how to analyze, evaluate and recommend specific actions organizations can take to grow their value, while also avoiding common growth pitfalls. Explore the various options for pursuing growth - from scaling existing markets and entering established markets to creating new markets—and determine which would work best for your organization.

Strategy Planning
5 October - 15 November 2020

Gain the tools you need to analyze strategy over time, industries, geographies and institutions so that you can develop and implement your own strategic plan by the end of this online course.


Program Format

All three 6-week courses included in the Strategy Essentials Specialization are conducted entirely online. Each course will feature weekly videos, readings and assignments, as well as a course project. You’ll be able to use your own organization or any public company as the basis for projects that put your learning into immediate action. Expect to spend 2-6 hours per week on course work.

In addition to the online classroom experience, mentors facilitate conversations and classmates give and receive feedback through online discussions. Review our policies and procedures for participating in online courses, and find answers to frequently asked questions.

For each course to be completely successful, participants should maintain respectful communication with fellow participants and comply with all applicable rules, instructions, requirements and terms of service.


Specialization Program Pricing

Pricing for the 3-course specialization is regularly $4,000*, a $485 savings over taking each course independently. Payment is required in advance of the program and is not refundable or transferable after the start of each course. Please note specific rules and policies for this specialization:

  • Registration is required for all four courses at once for the special pricing to apply
  • No refunds, including any online courses previously taken
  • All three courses must be completed to earn a Strategy Essentials Specialization

*Special Introductory Pricing: To encourage online learning and ongoing development, and to make this new program accessible to all learners, we're offering the first session of each of the three courses at special introductory prices: Strategy Analysis ($199) in June, Growth Strategy ($495) in July and Strategy Planning ($495) in October. Earn your specialization in 2020 for $1,189 when you enroll in these sessions. 


Upcoming Course Dates

Strategy Analysis Essentials
8 June - 19 July 2020

Growth Strategy Essentials
27 July - 6 September 2020

Strategy Planning Essentials
5 October - 15 November 2020

Total Specialization Cost: $4,000

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