A Harvard Education Designed for You
You may be balancing a lot already: A demanding job. Hectic family schedules. We understand that finding time for school isn't easy. But if you have the intellect and determination, you can pursue a Harvard education.
Going back to school doesn’t have to mean putting your life on hold. We’ve designed our courses, certificates, and degrees to give you the flexibility to pace your studies to fit your schedule.
Balancing life with the rigors of the Harvard classroom will be challenging. It’ll also be deeply rewarding. In the end, you will have earned a Harvard credential that you can hold with pride.
Explore Your Options
ALM, Management, 2013
I was working and raising a family when I went to Harvard. The flexibility of the timeframe allowed me to continue to work and raise my family while earning my degree.
I took one class at a time, which gave me the opportunity to focus on the topic, to complete all coursework and teamwork, and to end each class with a depth of knowledge I would personally not have gotten had I taken four or five classes in one semester.
Study with Harvard Faculty and Industry Experts
When you’re investing in your education, you want to be sure you’re learning from the best. In our classrooms, you engage with researchers and professionals at the forefront of their fields.
Study with faculty at Harvard and the greater academic community—including MIT, Princeton, and University of Cambridge, England. Learn from leading industry professionals, and gain insights on current research and trends.
Under the guidance of our instructors, you can build the knowledge and skills to achieve your goals.
Harvard Extension alumni agree that they learned from leading experts in the field.
Experience Harvard Online
Whether you live minutes from campus or across the globe, you can experience the Harvard classroom. Engage with our world-class faculty, participate in peer discussions, and receive one-on-one support from teaching staff—all from your home or office.
Choose to attend live streaming lectures, interact with classmates in a web conference, or study flexibly in module-based lessons. We’ve designed a variety of online course formats, so you can find a learning experience that best meets your needs and circumstances.
Can I get my certificate or degree completely online?
Most certificates can be completed entirely online. Degrees can be completed mostly online, but some on-campus courses are required.
ALM, History, 2015
Aside from the professional benefits the [master’s degree] has provided, the learning experience of the program was one of the best I've ever had. Top quality professors. Top notch libraries. Great experience!
See the Impact of Your Education in Real Time
You don’t have to wait to have your degree in hand to see the impact of your education. Your career advancement begins the moment you first step into the classroom.
of Harvard Extension alumni received a new job or promotion within 1 year of graduation.
It may seem daunting to tackle schoolwork while maintaining a job. But you can use this experience to your advantage.
Bring challenges that you face at work or in your community into the classroom. Consult with your faculty and peers to find new, innovative solutions. Test a fresh concept or framework in the workplace and see immediate results.
You will find yourself more skilled, confident, and empowered when you’ve seen the real-world results of your education.
“I was able to use that knowledge that I was getting right away in my workspace, where I was getting feedback from my leadership, my board members, and other colleagues. They saw me morphing into a different professional. They saw me thinking differently. That was something that I felt happening."
– Evan Bernstein, ALM, Management, 2011
Students Making a Real-World Impact
Customize Your Pathway to Meet Your Goals
We know that you’re coming to the classroom with years of experience. We want to support your continued growth with a personalized curriculum that supplements the knowledge you already have.
of Harvard Extension alumni agree that their education has helped them become a more skilled professional.
Our certificates and degrees offer you the power of choice. You have the ability to choose from a range of courses in a field of study, designing a curriculum that meets your specific needs and interests. If you need some guidance, our advisors are here to help you plan your degree courses.
With nearly 900 courses to choose from each year, you are sure to find a pathway that meets your personal and professional goals.
“My new position at NASA involves overseeing project activity and fostering international collaboration. My studies at Harvard Extension School have given me the management skills and confidence to help me succeed in this challenging role.”
– Jennifer Buchli, ALM, Biotechnology Management, 2016Read Her Story
Join a Global Community of Learners
All too often, you can find yourself trapped in your own bubble. By attending our courses, you will study among diverse voices who can expand your worldview.
You might encounter a parent pursuing a graduate degree, an adult student completing their bachelor’s degree from China, or a CEO studying psychology. By blending multiple perspectives, discussions become more complex, surprising, and illuminating. You may find that you learn just as much from your peers as your professors.
When you choose Harvard Extension School, you’re not simply joining a program. You’re joining a global learning community.
ALM, Sustainability, 2016
“I’ve met a lot of really accomplished people from the sustainability world in this program. I’ve had classes with the head of sustainability for JetBlue, an economist for the World Bank, and the director of sustainability for Australia.
There are professionals from all over the world, so you get a really global perspective. Very few programs can offer that.”
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