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.
To find online courses, use the degree course search. Also see How Distance Education Works for technology requirements.
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:
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.