Whether you are seeking a career change or advancement, teacher recertification, a stepping stone to doctoral work, or simply a chance to pursue a lifelong passion, Harvard’s Master of Liberal Arts degree offers an opportunity to pursue focused graduate studies at Harvard.

16 specialized fields of study

Develop expertise in one of our 16 fields—including biology, international relations, English, government, and psychology. The Master of Liberal Arts degree program offers a rigorous Harvard graduate school experience that culminates in a thesis directed by a member of the Harvard faculty. 

Choose a field of study

Flexibility and Harvard academics

  • Through online and evening courses, you can balance school and other commitments. Take up to six courses online.
  • Courses run in fall or spring terms (about 16 weeks each), a seven-week Harvard Summer School term, and a three-week January term.
  • You have five years to complete the degree.

Harvard academics and resources

  • Take courses or pursue research with world-renowned faculty.
  • Complement your studies with the vast resources available in more than 70 Harvard libraries and 14 museum collections.
  • Contribute to the knowledge in your subject area through independent laboratory, library, or field research.

Tuition and financial aid

The Master of Liberal Arts degree program offers an affordable alternative to a traditional master’s degree. Graduate-credit tuition is about $2,200 per course. In total, tuition is about $23,000. After you are admitted, a variety of financial aid options are available, including grants, scholarships, and loans.

A Harvard credential

Youll earn a Harvard University degree: the Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies.

You’ll join alumni who have gone on to doctoral programs and professional schools, advancement in their professions, and research or teaching careers.

See what employers and alumni have to say about the value of the Harvard Extension degree experience at Your Degree, Your Career.

Getting started

As part of admission, you prove your ability to do honors-level work at Harvard by earning at least a B in three admission courses.

Steps to get started:

  1. Choose a field of study.
  2. Get familiar with the courses required for admission and the program admission criteria.
  3. Review the degree requirements.
  4. Plan to register for your first course.