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Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 3 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online and On Campus

  • Transfer Credits

    Up to 64

  • Average Course Tuition


Graduates at Harvard Commencement

Study online or on campus, and earn your bachelor’s without disrupting your career.

This program is designed for working adults who wish to earn their degrees part-time while they continue to advance in their professions.

What You'll Learn

Through the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree you:

  • Build a well-rounded foundation in the liberal arts fields and focused subject areas, such as business, computer science, international relations, economics, and psychology.
  • Develop effective communication skills for academic and professional contexts.
  • Learn to think critically across a variety of subjects—fostering an informed, independent worldview.

Your Harvard Degree
Bachelor of Liberal Arts (ALB) in Extension Studies.

Getting Started: Admissions and Degree Requirements

At Harvard Extension School, your admission is based largely on your performance in three specific Harvard Extension courses that you complete before submitting an application.

To get started, explore the curriculum, confirm your initial eligibility, and learn more about our unique “earn your way in” admissions process.

Our Community at a Glance

In the Bachelor of Liberal Arts Program, you join a diverse student community of adult learners with years of full-time work experience, providing an enriching learning environment.

  • 34

    Average Age

  • 2

    Average Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 80%

    Work Full Time

  • 98%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 81%

    Degree Candidates with Transfer Credit

  • Most

    Earn Degree to Prepare for Graduate School

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Harvard Extension School has made my dream come true.

Cost and Financial Aid

Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2022–23 rate) $1,980 per course ($495 per credit)*
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $2,738 per course
Average Total Cost $31,680–$63,360

*Three of our recommended courses for admission cost $1,000 each.

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.

Building Community

“Everyone along the way has been really understanding of having to balance a professional life with an academic life — and they’ve been extremely helpful in terms of fostering my creativity, curiosity, and ability to develop new knowledge.”

– Daniel M., degree candidate

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