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Tyra Banks is Not Enrolled in the MBA Program at Harvard B-School

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Tyra Banks has been all over the media lately talking about how she's a student at Harvard Business School. In the video clip below (after the jump) she talks to Jimmy Fallon about "mandatory" dorm life and how she gets withdrawal—missing her professors and other students—at the end of every term.

Though all of Banks' talk may lead the public to believe that she is, indeed, enrolled at Harvard's elite MBA program, the reality is that Banks, who never attended college, is enrolled in the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard's Executive School—a three-week-per-year course that's spread over three years where admissions criteria does not involve submitting college transcripts or taking the GMAT. And, though the program is prestigious in that it primarily enrolls CEOs whose companies bank sales of at least $5 million a year, the reality is that Banks will be attending HBS for a total of nine weeks spread over three years and will not be receiving an MBA degree at the end.

Instead, Banks will be learning about business fundamentals, leadership, performance, and achieving business goals. Check out OPM's nine-week curriculum:

The program's three-year structure is highly adaptable to changes in the global business arena and to the needs and demands of executives. By focusing on a key aspect of running a successful business, each OPM unit serves as a building block that prepares you for subsequent units—and ultimately for greater personal and professional achievement.

Unit I: Building the Foundation
· Develop the skills to identify opportunities for building profitable businesses
· Expand your knowledge of accounting, finance, strategy, and marketing
· Adjust your leadership style to each stage of organizational growth

Unit II: Driving Performance
· Examine complex business models and frameworks to achieve key success metrics
· Build core capabilities and strategic assets to increase the value of your business
· Develop the management skills and governance infrastructure to ensure future growth

Unit III: Achieving Goals
· Acquire the knowledge and insights to take your firm to the next level
· Transform your business and reach your full leadership potential
· Balance your career and financial goals with personal demands

Tuition for Banks' program currently stands at $31,000 for each three-week session—a fee that averages out to $93,000 over nine weeks and covers tuition, accommodation, books, case materials, and most meals.
· Owner/President management program [Harvard Business School]
· Tyra Banks Dishes on Dorm Life at Harvard Business School [Popeater]
· Tyra Banks enrolls at Harvard Business School [Time]