Swizz Beatz Is Headed Back to School

Swizz Beatz

Swizz Beatz Is Headed Back to School

Hit-maker gets accepted to Harvard's business program.

Published April 28, 2014

Super producer Kasseem Dean, better known by his stage name Swizz Beatz, is headed back to school, reports Billboard.

Keeping the Ivy League trend in the family (his wife, Alicia Keys, was a student at Columbia University), Beatz was recently accepted into Harvard Business School's nine-week Owner/President Management Extension Program.

"This might be one of the happiest days of my life," the producer/songwriter/painter posted on one of his social media accounts. "From BX to Harvard."

Although Swizzy launched his music career straight out of high school, he's kept his eye on higher education. In the 2010-11 academic school year, he became the first "producer-in-residence" at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

The Harvard classes, which surround navigating the global economy, maximizing financial resources, aligning strategies and sales, and other business skills, are aimed at CEOs and heads of companies. If Beatz, also a fashion and shoe designer and noted art collector, passes the curriculum, he will be awarded a certification for the course and join the ranks of fellow music industry mogul Antonio "L.A." Reid, who also attended the exclusive, prestigious program.

Beatz is on board to take three credits at about $33,000 per credit; totaling some $100,000. He will go from penthouse to dorm life, as he will be fully immersed in the student lifestyle while attending the program, which kicks off next month. And while he is conquering his next venture at Harvard, Keys and their son, Egypt, will join him at the dorms on weekends. 

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Written by Dominique Zonyeé


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