Degree Candidate Privileges

Prioritize your courses for admission to become a candidate in a Harvard Extension School degree program as soon as possible! As an admitted degree candidate, you'll have access to exclusive benefits that can expand and deepen your Harvard experience and support your personal and professional development.

Harvard Extension School Opportunities

Academic Support

Upon your admission, you'll be assigned a personal academic advisor who supports you until your graduation. In addition, graduate students are assigned a research advisor to help with their independent research projects.

Priority Registration

Admitted degree candidates have the advantage of enrolling in classes before the general population. See the calendar for dates.

Payment Plans

Admitted degree candidates may be eligible to enroll in an interest-free payment plan for fall, spring, and summer tuition. Plans are offered per semester and payments are made in four installments. Plan enrollment is open from the first day of course registration through the registration deadline, for a $35.00 enrollment fee. Course registration that occurs outside the regular enrollment periods for the semester, such as thesis courses, are not eligible for payment plans. See Payment Options, Payment Plans for detailed information.

Reduced Harvard Summer School Tuition Pricing

Admitted degree candidates pay the Harvard Extension School tuition rate for undergraduate and graduate credit in Harvard Summer School courses. This includes three- and seven-week courses as well as on-campus and online courses and represents a significant cost savings. Study abroad and noncredit courses are not eligible for the tuition discount. All you need to do is register for a Harvard Summer School course as usual, and the reduced pricing will be automatically applied during the final step of the process. 

Student Research

You can work as a research assistant for an instructor through the Faculty Aide Program.

Convocation

Each fall, Convocation is held to honor the achievements of recently admitted degree candidates and welcome them to our vibrant community. This inspiring ceremony marks the beginning of their academic pursuits just as gloriously as Commencement punctuates its conclusion. Degree candidates admitted between August of the previous calendar year and June of the current calendar year are sent invitations by the School requesting their attendance.

Global Ambassadors Program

Designed for admitted degree candidates with a passion for building networks and a desire to strengthen our student communities around the world, Global Ambassadors host local and online gatherings for their fellow degree candidates. Global Ambassadors exercise their leadership, planning, and execution skills, and represent Harvard Extension School in their local communities.

Degree candidates must be in good academic standing to be eligible to apply. An annual announcement to submit a GAP application is sent to admitted degree candidates in August for a September deadline. For more information, visit Global Ambassadors Program.

Dean's Community Building Challenge

The Dean’s Community Building Challenge invites students to submit proposals for innovative approaches to building community in Harvard Extension School’s global and diverse student body. Proposals will be considered for ongoing initiatives and practices, and the winning team will be asked to participate in bringing their project to life. Each member of the winning team will also be awarded a tuition waiver for one Harvard Extension School course to be used within 12 months of issue. Previous projects resulting from the Dean's Community Building Challenge include the Harvard Extension School Convocation and the Global Ambassadors Program. Students receive invitations from the School to participate when the Challenge opens.

LinkedIn

Strengthen connections with Harvard Extension School degree candidates and alumni who share similar academic experiences and career interests and goals to yours!

As an admitted degree candidate, you’re eligible to join the Harvard Extension Degree Candidates and Alumni LinkedIn group, as well as the LinkedIn group that corresponds to your degree program. These exclusive forums allow you to take part in discussions and expand your network in areas that are relevant to your life as a professional as well as a student at Harvard. Degree program staff also post timely information to these groups, so it’s an easy way to stay connected and up to date

Membership is open to alumni and active degree candidates in good academic standing. Candidates should visit the Degree Student Portal under "My Community" for more information.

Harvard Extension Student Association

The Harvard Extension Student Association (HESA) is the umbrella organization for all student groups at the Extension School, including organizations such as the Harvard Extension Business Society, the Harvard Extension Veterans Organization, and many others. Degree candidates are voting members of HESA. Visit the HESA website for more information. See the full list of HES Student Clubs here

All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair

The annual All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair, hosted at Columbia University (typically in late February or early March), provides admitted degree candidates and alumni with an opportunity to meet with representatives from organizations in the private, non-profit and public sectors across a multitude of industries. In previous years, the Harvard Extension Student Environmental Club (HESEC) has organized bus transportation (ticket purchase required) to New York City for degree candidates residing in the Boston area who wish to travel to the career fair together as a group. Registration for the fair is completed separately via the All Ivy Career Fair website where additional information can be found.

New England Museum Association

The Harvard Extension School's Museum Studies Program is a member of the New England Museum Association (NEMA), which allows all degree candidates to become individual members through it. Enjoy access to discounts on the annual conference, webinars, and workshops; NEMA’s online resource library and publications; their Professional Affinity Groups and informal networking opportunities; and free admission to some regional NEMA member museums. Contact Kathy Jones, Museum Studies Program Director, for more information.

Harvard University Opportunities

ID Card Privileges

You are eligible for a Harvard University photo ID card that grants you access to benefits like the Harvard libraries and Harvard museums.

To reduce campus density during the COVID-19 pandemic, new and replacement Harvard ID cards will not be available to Extension School students for the fall 2020 term. Please continue to monitor this page for updates for the spring 2021 term. Also monitor the Extension School COVID-19 updates page for all COVID-related policies.

Harvard University Online Directory

Your name, school affiliation, and e-mail address is automatically included in the public and internal Harvard University online directories. In the internal directory, your ID card photo also displays. You can request that your information be removed from the directory or only viewable by the Harvard community. To request a change, submit the privacy level selection form to the Harvard Extension School Registrar’s Office.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services at Harvard University provides extensive career resources to admitted degree candidates. Visit Career Services to learn more about how the office can help you.

Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) at Harvard University provides on-campus academic counseling for many issues affecting academic performance (e.g., test anxiety, time management, perfectionism) to a limited number of candidates on a referral basis. Speak to your academic advisor about ARC and other academic support resources.

Innovation Lab

The Harvard i-lab is the central component of the Harvard Innovation Labs, a cross-disciplinary ecosystem for the Harvard community to explore innovation and entrepreneurship. It consists of the i-lab for current Harvard students and the Life Lab, a wet lab for student- and faculty-led life science ventures. The i-lab provides resources including advising and supportive community to help Harvard students move their startup ideas forward.

The facility is closed until further notice. Starting this fall term, admitted degree candidates in our ALB and ALM programs with a minimum 8 credit registration (generally, two courses or more) will be able to schedule virtual office hour appointments with i-lab mentors and coaches and participate in periodic virtual events. Please reach out to the Career and Academic Resource Center at carc@extension.harvard.edu if you have questions.

Athletics, Dining, and Student Employment

You can purchase discount athletics privileges, open a Crimson Cash debit account, and dine in the various cafes on campus. Search for non-workstudy jobs at the Student Employment Office.

Harvard Off-Campus Housing

Harvard University Housing has engaged Off Campus Partners to create an apartment rental listing for Harvard University Affiliates. On the site you can view maps, photos, and more. You are invited to post a listing for a small fee or search the site for free. There is also a free roommate matching section. 

Study Spaces and Collaboration

The Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center offers comfortable and convivial gathering spaces for Harvard University students, faculty, academic personnel, staff, and visitors. While three floors are open to the general public, ‚ÄčHarvard affiliates have the option to reserve additional space.

In addition, the Harvard Library website offers the Find a Space tool that allows you to search for group study rooms; shows the availability of amenities like printers, scanners; and lists food and drink policies for the spaces.

Presidential Public Service Fellowship Program

Harvard President Lawrence Bacow, with the generous support of an anonymous donor, has established the Presidential Public Service Fellowship Program to provide funding to students interested in pursuing public service work during the summer. Deadlines are in early February.

Office for the Arts at Harvard

The Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA) supports student engagement in the arts and integrates the arts into University life. Through its programs and services, the OFA teaches and mentors, fosters student art making, connects students to accomplished artists, commissions new work, and partners with local, national, and international constituencies. The OFA enables students to explore an art form in depth and to work directly with professional artists in a wide range of classes, workshops, and apprenticeships. The OFA also sponsors Arts First, a weekend of artistic celebration each May.

Phillips Brooks House Association

Phillips Brooks House Association is a student-run public service organization at Harvard University consisting of nearly 80 program committees and more than 1,800 student volunteers, and serves close to 10,000 clients in the Cambridge and Boston area.

To volunteer, attend the PBHA open house that is ordinarily held during the first of week of classes each fall and spring term.

Institute of Politics Forum

This Harvard Kennedy School institute hosts the JFK Jr. Forum, the premier arena for political speech, discussion, and debate. The forum regularly hosts heads of state and leaders in politics, government, business, labor, and the media. Be sure to sign up for e-mails so you won’t miss an important event at the forum.

Writers at Work

The Harvard Writers at Work lecture series focuses on the ways that writing, by those at Harvard, connects academic and professional work and the broader public. The series is co-sponsored by many University entities, including the Harvard Extension School Journalism Graduate Program.

The Harvard Chaplains

The University's interfaith coalition of chaplains, Harvard Chaplains, offers on campus services and guidance for members of many world religions.

Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life is the place to explore student organizations. While some organizations are limited to Harvard College students, others are open to members of the entire Harvard Community. Once you find an organization that interests you, email the contact person to inquire if Extension School degree candidates can participate. Degree candidates have enjoyed participating in the Harvard Chorus, ballroom dancing, and much more.

Harvard Graduate and Professional Student Government

The HGSG is the official student government for all graduate and professional schools of Harvard University. If you are a master’s degree candidate, we encourage you to get involved.

Beyond Graduation

Harvard Extension Alumni Association

Alumni can attend the many events sponsored by the Harvard Extension Alumni Association (HEAA). For information about upcoming events, see the HEAA website.

Harvard Alumni Association

Alumni of the Harvard Extension School also have access to the benefits of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). The HAA is the official alumni association of Harvard University, and it sponsors events, continuing education opportunities, and activities around the world. To find out more, visit the HAA website.

Access to Other Harvard University Schools’ Student Services

Harvard Extension School makes no claim that as a Harvard Extension School undergraduate or graduate degree candidate you have full access to all Harvard College or Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) students services. Each of the 12 schools that compose the University—Harvard Extension School being one of them—is distinct from the other, with its own academic programs, reporting structures, and funding, among other attributes. These conditions justifiably permit each school to extend student services to other University populations at their discretion.