Tuition & Enrollment

At Harvard Extension School, we keep our tuition rates competitive, aligning our costs with those at similar institutions. Below we have outlined our 2016–17 course tuition rates, as well as the approximate cost of earning a credential at this year’s tuition rate. 

Cost of Taking a Course

Many of our courses are available at more than one credit level, and tuition is based on the credit status you choose. 

Course credit level Cost per course
Undergraduate credit $1,400–$2,550
Graduate credit $2,550
Noncredit Tuition varies ($850–$2,550)

Cost of Earning a Degree or Certificate

This table provides an approximate cost of earning a credential. If you are admitted to a degree program, a range of financial aid options are available. 

Credential Total number of courses Average total cost
Graduate certificate 3–5 $7,650–$12,750
Undergraduate degree 16–32 (dependent on transfer credit) $22,400–$44,800
Graduate degree 10–12 $25,500–$30,600

Simple Paths to Enrollment

We provide flexible study options that help you find that balance between school and other life commitments.

Taking a Course

There is no admission process for enrolling in a course. Most of our courses are offered in the fall or spring semester, or our intensive January session. Once you've selected a course, simply register during the registration period. Browse courses

Beginning a Certificate

If you plan to earn a professional graduate certificate, you simply register for the courses that apply to your certificate of interest—no application required. Explore our professional certificates

Applying to a Degree Program

Earn Your Way In

Most of our degree programs have a unique admission process. Before you apply, you start your coursework, taking three admission courses to demonstrate your ability to succeed at Harvard. Earn at least a B in each, and you qualify for admission. Explore our undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees.

Selective Admission

The Joint Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Program and Premedical Program have a selective admission process. While you may take a few courses prior to admission, it is not a requirement. You apply to the program during the stated application periods and your application is fully vetted by the admissions committee.

See Degree Program Admission to review the admission criteria, required application materials, and the dates of our application periods.