Some of us have been led to believe that Tyra Banks graduated from the Harvard Business School. The fact is that this isn’t true. Getting a certificate for a nine-week course in a non-degree extension program is very different from going through the grit and grind of a four year college degree or even an MBA.
Tyra has never deceived you directly on the matter, for she has always been clear that she has a “diploma” from Harvard, not a degree. But what she actually has is a “Certificate of Completion” for one course in the university’s Owner/President Management program, which kind of teaches you how to do what you’re already doing every day anyway.
The program is not like the standard MBA program, which takes two years to finish, with the students working on their course work full-time over several courses per semester. These degrees, according to many business school faculty, are more like executive programs, with this one costing $100,000 for the student to finish. Some argue that these programs are designed as revenue-generating machines for business schools to effectively sell an affiliation to students who have the money but not the time.
A report on Jezebel went hard on Banks, stating that she has a “habit of making misleading public statements about her studies.”
Back in February, Tyra tweeted a picture of herself getting her degree with these words: “On stage at my Harvard Business School graduation!”
She went on to say: “On stage at my Harvard Business School graduation! Lil blurry but SUCH an exciting moment 4 me & wanted 2 share w/u!”
In another statement that has scholars shaking their heads, Banks tweeted this: “Smiling ear2ear on the Harvard Business School campus w/my diploma!”
Tyra’s business success is legendary, but it seems that she could give Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan a run for his money when it comes to saying things that could be potentially misleading. We are proud of her achievements regardless, but we don’t believe she’s a real Harvard alum.