Earn a nanotechnology certificate at Harvard in five graduate nanotechnology courses. The certificate covers innovative designs and current applications.

Nanotechnology courses: online and on-campus options

For the certificate you take five of the following nanotechnology courses for graduate credit. A basic background in chemistry, physics, or biology is helpful.

Summer courses

Lecture courses

Earning the certificate

No application is required. Simply choose the courses you’d like to take first and register for graduate credit. Most students take one or two courses a term.

If you are taking courses online, review the technical requirements outlined in How Distance Education Works.  

You can monitor your academic progress toward the certificate by logging in to online services and choosing “Certificate Course Tracker and Request Form.” This online form will confirm the certificate courses that you’ve taken in the past (within the three-year time frame) as well as courses for which you are currently registered.  

Certificate requirements:

  • Take all five nanotechnology courses for graduate credit.
  • Earn at least a B in all five courses.
  • Complete all courses within three years.

Requesting the certificate

When you are registered in your final certificate course(s) or once the fifth and final grade has been officially awarded, log in to online services, “Certificate Course Tracker and Request Form,” to request your certificate. If you wait until you have all your five grades, be sure to request the certificate within two weeks of when grades are posted online (see calendar for dates). Certificates are not awarded retroactively.

After your request is reviewed and approved, the award is noted on your transcript, and the certificate is mailed. 

Considering a master’s degree?

You can count nanotechnology courses from this certificate toward the Biotechnology Graduate Program if you plan well.

First, review the degree admission requirements and see how your certificate coursework can fit within the framework of the degree requirements.

Apply to the degree program when you have completed the admission requirements, then continue on with your coursework toward the certificate (which you apply for after five courses) and the degree. This will ensure you’re meeting degree completion deadlines and academic standing policies.

Have questions?

We are happy to answer general questions about the certificate.

  1. First, read our common questions about certificates.
  2. Then e-mail us at professional_certificates@dcemail.harvard.edu.