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Graduate Certificates

Develop new skills and build expertise in a specialized area to advance your career. Nearly 90% of our certificate earners report that they are confident that their certificate has prepared them for their next step. Explore your graduate certificate options below.

Arts, Literature, & Media

Business & Management


Global Studies

Life Sciences


Social Sciences & Cultural Studies

Sustainability & the Environment



How do I get started pursuing a certificate?

To learn more about getting started on a certificate, joining virtual office hours, and using student resources, visit Pursuing a Certificate.

Is a graduate certificate valuable?

Harvard Extension students most often report pursuing a graduate certificate to deepen their professional expertise and advance in their current career. A certificate is ideal for people attempting to move up in their current field. The courses can be completed on a part-time basis, allowing many to continue working full time. In fact, many students reported achieving their goals while still in the program.

In a survey of 1,000 students who had just completed their certificate program, 42 percent said they took on more responsibilities at work, received a promotion, or changed careers while pursuing the credential. Read more about the value of a graduate certificate.

Can I earn a graduate certificate while earning a master’s degree?

Yes! Earning a graduate certificate can be a great first step toward earning a master’s degree. At Harvard Extension School, 44% of certificate earners choose this route, affording them the benefits of both credentials.

Most of our certificates stack toward at least one Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) degree. You can earn a graduate certificate on your way to a master’s degree by choosing courses required for a certificate that also count toward a related master’s.

For prospective students having trouble deciding between a degree and a certificate, stackable credentials make it easy to start with smaller goals before making the leap to a master’s.

Explore Related Programs

Browse our Program Finder to search for graduate degrees, certificates, undergraduate degrees by topic area.