Undergraduate Degree Program Admissions
Check Your Eligibility
To pursue an undergraduate degree at Harvard Extension, you must meet the following criteria:
Prior bachelor’s degree
If you already possess a bachelor's degree, you may not pursue another at Harvard Extension School.
Enrollment at another institution
You may not be enrolled as an undergraduate degree-seeking student at another institution at the time of admission or during your Extension School degree candidacy.
High school diploma
All applicants must possess proof of high school graduation, including those who were homeschooled. Acceptable credentials include a high school diploma or a high school diploma equivalent as determined by your home state or by the Center for Educational Documentation, through a general evaluation, if you are an international student.
High school diploma award date
This program is designed expressly for working adults who wish to earn their degrees part time while they continue to advance in their professions. As a minimum requirement, your high school diploma or its equivalent must have been earned at least five years prior to enrolling in any ALB degree-applicable courses.
Complete Degree Courses for Admission
At Harvard Extension School, your admission journey starts in the classroom.
Register for three degree courses, including EXPO 25 Academic Writing and Critical Reading.
Refer to Degree Requirements to learn more about the stipulated degree courses required for admission.
Meet the grade requirements for admission.
B or higher
Two-attempt limit on EXPO 25
Earn at least a grade of B in EXPO 25 and two other 4-credit courses that count toward the degree. Harvard Business School Online's CORe cannot be used as one of these three courses.
You are ineligible to apply for undergraduate degree program admission if you fail to earn the minimum grade of B or higher in two EXPO 25 registration attempts. A withdrawal (WD) is considered a registration attempt. See Enrollment Policies for Undergraduates to learn how repeated courses affect your GPA.
Earn the required cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 (equivalent to a grade of B) or higher in all Harvard courses. If you haven’t earned at least a B in all of your Harvard courses, use our GPA Estimator tool to determine your GPA. See Academic Standing for information on grade-point average calculation for the undergraduate degree program.
Be timely: apply during the semester of taking your third degree course.
Submitting an application promptly near the conclusion of your degree course(s) stipulated for admission is essential not only for your successful admission but also for degree program completion. As a result, students who do not apply for admission to the program in a timely manner are assessed an additional $300 delayed application fee. Moreover, degree requirements, including admission courses, can change from year to year, which may result in your losing degree credit if you postpone submitting your application, so don’t delay.
Gather Your Supplementary Materials
Although you may apply only during certain times of the year, you can - and should - prepare your supplementary materials early.
Prepare for your online application.
Before the application opens, you can get a head start on it by following these preparatory steps:
Collect the names of the colleges and/or universities you have attended and the dates of your attendance.
Update your résumé to reflect your current work experience, education, skills, organizational memberships, and achievements.
We require a current official transcript (i.e., a transcript issued directly from the school to our office) from each college or university at which you have registered for courses. See Step 4 for instructions on how to submit paper transcripts.
Electronic transcripts may be sent by your school to email@example.com.
Students with international credits and degrees must have them evaluated for equivalency as part of the admissions process. For more information, visit Admission Requirements for International Students.
Submit Your Application
Pay the application fee.
A nonrefundable $100 fee is required to begin the application. You will be assessed an additional $300 delayed application fee if you have earned grades in more than six courses toward the undergraduate degree before applying.
Mail your transcripts (if applicable).
If transcripts must be mailed via post because your college or university does not offer electronic delivery, documents should be sent to the Admissions Office, Harvard Extension School, 51 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138.
- Do not open envelopes addressed to you that contain official copies of documents; instead, mail them unopened in a larger envelope to the Admissions Office.
- All materials must be received in the Admissions Office no later than the application deadline date for your application to be considered complete.
Materials are accepted in and processed by the Admissions Office during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm Eastern Time.
After grades become available for the term (see the academic calendar), admissions advisors conduct a final application review. The Admissions Office considers the following when reviewing applications:
Academic Standing and Student Conduct
You must be in good academic standing with Harvard University, with no disciplinary or administrative procedures pending, stemming from violations of our Academic Integrity and/or Student Conduct policies. The Admissions Office will consider your academic disciplinary and student conduct records at Harvard University and other academic institutions in making admissions decisions.
You must be in good financial standing at Harvard as well as previous schools.
English is the language of instruction at Harvard Extension School. If your native language is not English, you must have provided designated proof of English proficiency to register in the courses that qualify you for admission and you must be able to register in future courses according to Extension School's current English proficiency requirements. As part of your application review, admissions advisors will confirm you have met these requirements and will ask you to provide a letter of explanation if you do not. Students who have misrepresented themselves will be found in violation of the Extension School’s Student Conduct policy. Their applications will be removed from admission consideration, they will be prevented from applying again in the future to a degree program at Extension School, and their case will be reviewed by the Administrative Board to consider grounds for disciplinary action.
Your Complete Application and Admission Decision
A complete application comprises our receipt of a finished online application, specific grade and GPA requirements in stipulated Harvard degree courses, as well as certain academic standing, student conduct, and English proficiency requirements as outlined above and on program-specific pages of this website.
If you submit a complete application and meet these eligibility requirements, you will be admitted.
If you did not earn the required GPA and/or grades by the end of the semester, you will be notified that you may reapply to the program after you have met those admission criteria.