Students in the program talk about studying management at the Extension School and the opportunities the flexible degree provides.
Getting started and admission
Start off with just one course: every student takes three courses before applying—an ideal way to ensure the program is the right fit for you.
Admission is based in large part on your performance in these courses (a 3.33 cumulative grade-point average is required, with no grade below B). Standardized test scores are not required. Read all the admission criteria.
Graduate-credit tuition is about $2,000 per course. In total, tuition is roughly $25,000. After you are admitted, a variety of financial aid options may be available, including grants, scholarships, and loans. See the financial aid options for admitted degree candidates.
Harvard faculty, Harvard degree
Instructors include Harvard faculty and affiliates, faculty from Boston-area universities, and business professionals. Browse the management courses to see who teaches our classes. The program administrators include:
Margaret Andrews, Program Director and Associate Dean for Management Programs (meet the director)
Laura Wilcox, Associate Director for Management Programs
Kerry Fitzgerald, Admissions Advisor for Management Programs
The degree is awarded by Harvard University. It is a Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies, field of finance or general management degree.
Total degree candidates: 600
Age range: 22–62 (average: 33)
Enrollment: 80 percent part time
Degree completion: three-year average
Graduation rate: 96 percent
Global impact: students representing 46 US states and 118 countries register in Extension courses each year
Management career outlook
Sample alumni fields:
Sample alumni positions:
Chief financial officer
A Harvard credential. See what employers and alumni have to say about the value of the Harvard Extension degree experience on Your Degree, Your Career.
You can download a flyer where employers and alumni offer their perspective on the graduate program.
Graduates credit the program’s ability to prepare them to enter or advance within their profession. One graduate said:
“I left the program with infinitely more confidence, with sound knowledge and a strong grasp of administration, management, and leadership. [Thanks to the] practical case-study based knowledge from several courses, I was better equipped in my professional life to handle real-life situations.”
How does this differ from an MBA?
Program Director Margaret Andrews answers this question and others in a Q&A.