Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree

Our bachelor's degree program is designed for working professionals, 21 years of age or older who want to study part time—on campus and online. Most of our students are between 25 and 35 years old, and 80 percent have prior college experience.

The customizable curriculum will help you sharpen your written and verbal communication, enhance your critical and analytical capacity, and deepen your knowledge in a chosen field for career advancement and personal growth.

Key learning outcomes

Through the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree you gain:

  • A well-rounded academic foundation, through a blend of courses in traditional liberal arts fields and focused subject areas, such as business management and administration, computer science, international relations, and psychology.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills to convey views and opinions in academic and professional contexts.
  • The ability to think critically across a variety of subjects, fostering an informed, independent worldview.
  • Membership in a diverse student community of adult learners, providing an enriching learning environment. 

Program Overview

The undergraduate degree includes 32 courses (128 credits), with at least 16 credits taken on campus. You can transfer up to 64 credits.

  • Get started. You begin by completing three degree courses from the program curriculum. This coursework establishes your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
  • Apply to the program. While you are completing your third degree course, you submit your application. We have application cycles in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Continue your studies, online and on campus. You can pursue most of your degree online, if you wish. But to fully experience Harvard, you are required to complete at least 16 credits (roughly four courses) on campus. Intensive three-week and weekend on-campus options available.
  • Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Bachelor of Liberal Arts (ALB) in extension studies.

Explore Courses & Requirements

Learn about admission, courses & on-campus study

Degree Course Listings

Once you've explored the degree requirements, you can search for course offerings that count toward the degree. See the degree courses


Affordability is core to our mission. Our 2017–18 undergraduate tuition is $1,550 a course (an exception applies to courses in digital media and computer science, for which tuition is $2,700). To keep the path to admission affordable, three specific degree courses are offered for $1,000 each. 

At the $1,550 rate, the total tuition cost of earning the full undergraduate degree is $49,600. If you're transferring in 64 credits, the total tuition cost is $24,800.

There are a number of financial aid options available once you’re admitted to the program.