You can earn your Harvard Extension undergraduate degree by taking a combination of on-campus and online classes.
We offer well over 200 distance education courses that count toward the undergraduate degree, including a number of online Harvard College courses. You can earn the majority of your AA or ALB credits through online courses, but you can’t complete the degree entirely online. Studying on-campus gives you the opportunity to be immersed in the Harvard community, where you connect with Harvard faculty and use University resources like libraries and museums. Thus, some on-campus-only courses are required and may be completed at any time during the program.
- Associate degree requirement: complete at least 8 credits in on-campus-only courses
- Bachelor’s degree requirement: complete 16 credits in on-campus-only courses
If you are an international student, you can only complete the residency requirement during summer sessions at Harvard Summer School. Housing and I-20 certificates for the F-1 student visa are available through the Summer School. If you are a US citizen, you can complete the residency requirement during the fall and spring semesters, as well as January session and Harvard Summer School.
Choosing online classes
See the degree course search to find online courses as well as on-campus-only courses that count toward the degrees. Be sure to confirm that your computer has the proper software and hardware to view the streaming video or the web conference. See Distance Education for technology requirements.