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Why Harvard Extension School?

Learn from the best to be your best.

A Harvard Education, on Your Terms

Imagine a world-class education that’s accessible, flexible, affordable, and designed for impact. That’s Harvard Extension School.

Whether you’re looking to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree, take a course for personal enrichment, or stack your courses toward a graduate certificate — and then a degree — you will find a wide range of formats and options designed just for you.

We put your priorities, your schedule, and your life first.

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What’s in it for you? A world of possibilities.

We know that prioritizing your education is a big deal. So, when you make the decision to invest in your education at Harvard Extension School, we invest in you — ensuring you have everything you need to be successful.

At Harvard Extension School, you’ll find … 

Expert Faculty

Our courses are taught by world-class academics and experts — many who teach across Harvard University and at nationally ranked universities. They are industry leaders who specialize in fields as diverse as biotechnology, finance, international relations, psychology, literature, and cybersecurity.

About our faculty >

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High-Impact Learning

You’ll exchange ideas with accomplished peers. Dive into the latest research, trends, and practices. And forge lifelong relationships. Our average class size is just 30 students — encouraging an intimate, welcoming, and stimulating learning environment.

Through experiential opportunities like active learning weekends and capstone courses, you can immerse yourself in the exploration of real-world challenges — and collaborate on solutions.

students in a active learning weekend class

Ultimate Flexibility

Whether you’re looking to study online, on campus, or via a combination of both, Harvard Extension School provides academic pathways that match your schedule, budget, and learning needs. We offer online and on-campus courses because we know that when it comes to learning, one size does not fit all:

  • Synchronous: live online for real-time engagement
  • Asynchronous: available on demand for maximum flexibility
  • On campus: learn at our renowned Cambridge campus
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Professional Network

You’ll be learning alongside high-achieving peers who, like you, are invested in gaining the knowledge and skills they need to change their lives and the lives of others.

Harvard Extension School students are mid-career professionals and lifelong learners. They come from all over the world and span many industries. They are business leaders, teachers, engineers, parents, baristas, and entrepreneurs. They are project managers, investment professionals, scientists, writers, and artists. Harvard Extension School is designed for everyone.

Video: Our students reflect on the value of the peer community.

  • 33

    Average Student Age

  • 12

    Average Years of Professional Experience

  • 120

    Number of Countries Our Students Hail From

  • 75%

    Bachelor’s Degree Holders

  • 25%

    Have Master’s Degrees or PhDs

Alumni Success

From biotechnology to data science to digital media, our graduates hold rewarding jobs in dynamic industries — with many attributing professional success to their Harvard Extension School experience. In fact, a majority of our students report that just completing courses has led to greater job responsibilities, promotions, and career opportunities. Read our alumni spotlights.
Alumni Success Stories
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The Best of Harvard

Founded in 1910, we are one of the 12 degree-granting Harvard schools. Our degrees and certificates are adorned with the Harvard insignia. Earning a credential from us means enjoying the best of a world-class Harvard education, and the weight of that reputation and lineage on your resume.

You’ll have access to our world-class libraries, walk at University Commencement along with students from other Harvard schools, and become members of the Harvard Alumni Association.

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Choose your own (educational) adventure.

Ready to get started? Explore the variety of options available to you at Harvard Extension School. And find an academic pathway that fits your goals — and your life.

You can also create your own academic path as you go: Start with a single course, and then continue your studies to earn a certificate, and ultimately stack all your coursework toward a degree. The choice is yours.