Harvard Extension School Professional Development Programs are noncredit. Register and pay in full early to reserve a spot, as space is limited.
To register, visit the specific program’s webpage.
The fee covers:
- Program materials
- Coffee breaks
Registration is not complete until you are paid in full.
Credit cards are the preferred form of payment and Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted at the time of registration.
Payment by wire transfer or check is also accepted, however the processing of such must be initiated at least six weeks prior to the start of the program. Therefore, we highly recommended that you pay first with a credit card in order to ensure your seat in the program and then, if possible, seek reimbursement from your employer.
We currently offer discounts to:
- Groups of two to five individuals attending the same program from the same organization: The first participant pays full price, and a 15 percent discount is extended to up to four additional participants. Please note that we do not allow more than five participants from one organization in any single open-enrollment program so that we can encourage diversity of industry and experience in the classroom.
- Individuals attending more than one program: You pay full price for the first program registration and receive a 10 percent discount on any additional programs.
To take advantage of these discounts, please email PDP@extension.harvard.edu. Discounts cannot be combined.
Proficiency in written and spoken English is required for participation in all Professional Development programs. Participants are expected to have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent work experience. See individual program pages for additional prerequisites.
Acknowledgement of Participation
You receive one certificate of participation upon completion of and active participation in the program. Grades are not assigned, and the programs do not count toward a degree. Professional Development programs do not appear on official Division of Continuing Education transcripts.
According to US State Department guidelines, visitors may use the B-1 visa for brief stays, usually less than six months, to participate in scientific, educational, professional, or business conventions, conferences, or seminars, or to undertake independent research. See the Harvard International Office’s B visa guidelines.
For the most current visa information, check the US Department of State website periodically. Consult the US embassy or consulate in your country to determine the appropriate visa category and necessary documentation. We recommend that you list “professional development” rather than “school” or “study” as your reason for coming to the United States.
Once you have registered and paid in full, you may request a letter of participation for visa purposes. Requests may take up to ten business days to process. To make your request, email PDP@extension.harvard.edu.
If you are generally resident in the Crimean region of Ukraine, please contact us at PDP@extension.harvard.edu about enrollment.
If you have questions about accommodations for disabilities, please contact the Accessibility Services Office at email@example.com.
You must be covered individually with comprehensive health insurance for major medical emergencies and hospitalization. Check with your organization’s health insurance carrier before your arrival to ensure that you have adequate coverage. Harvard Extension School Professional Development is not responsible for medical fees incurred during your stay.
To ensure the safety and well-being of our entire campus community, Massachusetts law requires that educational visitors are immunized against common contagious illnesses. Please ensure your immunizations are up to date prior to arrival on campus.
Harvard Extension School Professional Development programs are not covered by Harvard’s Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP).
To cancel or transfer your registration, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants who cancel between four weeks and one week prior to the start of the program will be assessed a $300 cancellation fee for two-day programs, and a $650 cancellation fee for Essential Management Skills for Emerging Leaders or Digital Marketing Strategy. Participants who cancel less than one week prior to the start of the program will be refunded half the program fee. If you do not cancel and do not attend the program, you forfeit the entire tuition.
Alternatively, participants may request a transfer to another program offering with availability. Once this transfer is processed, if you are unable to attend the new program, we can either refund you with applicable cancellation fees, or process another transfer. Please note that if you choose to transfer more than once, you forfeit the option of a future tuition refund. Participants can request to transfer up to three times within a calendar year. Requests for second and third transfers must be made at least two weeks prior to the start of the program.
Programs may be added or cancelled throughout the year. If a program is cancelled, Professional Development will refund the program tuition in full but is not responsible for travel, accommodations, or other expenses incurred by the participant.
Refusal of Registration
Harvard Division of Continuing Education (DCE) may refuse registration to anyone who has been required to withdraw from another Harvard school or course.
The Harvard Division of Continuing Education deals directly with individual participants. We do not work with agents, book groups of participants, or offer any commission or discount for doing so.
Any agency offering services to clients vis-a-vis Harvard University may only serve to assist applicants in the process of completing registration forms, and may not in any way represent itself as an agency of Harvard University. All registrations and payments must come from the individual participants or their organizations.
Harvard Extension School Professional Development does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job or course of study requirements in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.
Program Information and Changes
Harvard Extension School Professional Development reserves the right to make changes to the information printed in materials or on this website. Note that faculty biographies have been submitted by faculty.
Inclement Weather Cancellations
Professional Development programs are rarely canceled because of inclement weather. If they are cancelled, a notice is posted on the homepage the day of cancellations. Participants are notified by email.
You may also refer to the following for announcements:
Professional Development programs: (617) 998-8500
If Cambridge institutes an emergency parking ban during a storm, a notice will appear on the City of Cambridge website.