You can earn your Harvard Extension undergraduate degree by taking a combination of online and on-campus classes.
Our online courses include live streaming video or videotaped classroom lectures that have the look and feel of being in a Harvard Yard classroom. These include a number of Harvard College courses that are videotaped for the Extension School population.
We also offer web-conference courses that require real-time participation. Ordinarily, these courses are limited enrollment and offer a high level of student-to-student and student-to-instructor interaction.
While you can earn the majority of your degree credits through online courses, you must take a minimum number of courses on campus.
- Associate degree on-campus requirement: at least 8 credits in on-campus-only courses
- Bachelor’s degree on-campus requirement: 16 credits in on-campus-only courses
Only courses that are returned after choosing the on-campus course requirement box in the undergraduate degree course search meet the requirement.
You can complete the on-campus requirement during the 15-week fall and spring terms (maximum enrollment 16 credits per term), intensive three-week January sessions (maximum enrollment 4 credits per session), and seven-week Harvard Summer School (maximum enrollment 8 credits per term).
Also, check out our new hybrid courses that meet mostly online with an intensive on-campus weekend component (use the degree course search, choose “On-campus requirement courses,” then scroll through to find “Hybrid” under Type).
International students who need an F-1 student visa can only complete the degrees through a combination of Extension School online courses and Summer School on-campus courses. Harvard Summer School offers housing and I-20 certificates for the F-1 student visa. The Extension School does not offer I-20s.
The benefits of studying on campus
If you plan to apply to graduate school or make a significant career change after earning your undergraduate degree, we recommend you come to campus for at least one academic year.
During your time here you can:
- Attend dozens of career and graduate school workshops and events as well as job fairs.
- Network with faculty to garner strong letters of recommendation.
- Take advantage of one of the world’s largest academic library and museum systems.
- Attend numerous lectures by international scholars in your field.
- If eligible, enroll in Harvard College courses as a Special Student.
- Participate in opportunities offered by the Office of Career Services, including on-campus interviewing.
The Harvard Extension School does not offer housing. For advice and a list of helpful resources, read the blog post Tips for Moving to Boston for a Degree Program.