We offer more than 300 Harvard classes in several formats online to deliver convenient Harvard lectures to your computer or mobile device. Most of our distance education courses are offered in our 15-week fall or spring semester.

Video courses

Most of our courses offered online feature videotaped lectures of courses held on campus, with accompanying course materials. Videos are posted to course websites weekly.

In online-only courses, there is no scheduled class time, so you can watch them at any time during the week. In on-campus courses with an online option, you can attend lectures in person, watch them online at your convenience, or both.

Live web-conference courses

These courses are conducted live at a scheduled time each week. Instead of watching videos, you log in to a virtual classroom to participate. You can ask and answer questions in real time and interact live with your teacher and classmates.

You can search for web-conference courses using the course search. And read the web-conference course guidelines.

Hybrid courses

These courses combine an intensive weekend session on campus with live web conferences or video lectures throughout the semester. These courses count toward the on-campus requirement in certain degree programs.

To search for hybrid courses, use the course search. Note the dates and times for the weekend session in the course description.

The online experience

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Interested in a degree or certificate?

You can apply a combination of online and on-campus credits toward Harvard Extension degree. See the degree program that interests you for course offerings and degree requirements.

Many of our professional graduate certificates are offered completely online, while others have a number of online course options.