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Premedical Program

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Prepare for medical, dental or veterinary school through the on-campus, postbaccalaureate Premedical Program at Harvard Extension School.

Whether you are changing fields and need to complete all prerequisite coursework, or you are looking to strengthen your academic record, you'll find a rigorous experience with the opportunity to earn sponsorship in this selective admission program.

Why Choose the Premedical Program?

  • You have an undergraduate degree but need to complete some or all postbaccalaureate premedical coursework before applying to medical, dental or veterinary school.
  • You are looking to study part-time, in evening courses on the Harvard campus.
  • You need flexible, affordable, yet rigorous coursework that prepares you for medical, dental, or veterinary school and demonstrates your competency to admissions committees.
  • You are seeking a program that has a strong placement record. See a list of schools our program candidates have been admitted to recently.

Applications for the 2023-2024 Premedical Program open on February 1, 2023.

Benefits of Our Premed Program

  • A personalized postbaccalaureate premedical program geared to your specific needs. Upon admission, you’ll be assigned an individualized credit requirement between 20-32 credits. This credit assignment reflects what we believe will be required to make you the most competitive applicant.
  • Affordability, which is core to our mission. A 2022-2023 four-credit undergraduate course costs $1,980 ($495 per credit).
  • Individualized advising throughout the program, such as, recommendations on course selection, evaluation of your application essay, and guidance through the application process (e.g., MCAT/DAT timing and acquiring letters of recommendation).
  • An orientation at the outset of the program with clinicians from Harvard Medical School (HMS), core Harvard Extension faculty, a representative from HMS Admissions, and interactive sessions with fellow students.
  • Live monthly clinician interactions to learn from experts in the field of health care.
  •  Sponsorship, which includes a composite letter of recommendation and a personal assessment.
  • Harvard University ID card, which grants you access to the Harvard library system and many on-campus resources, such as athletic services.
  • The option to participate in research with a faculty member through our Faculty Aide Program
  • The ability to utilize Harvard’s Office of Career Services for general career advice and job/internship searches.
  • Access to federal financial aid.
  • Membership in the Harvard Alumni Association upon completion of the program.
  • Discounted access to Harvard Medical School’s HMX online courses upon program completion to help ensure a successful first year in medical school.


To find core and elective medical science courses use the DCE Course Search and Registration platform:

Under Search Classes, scroll to Browse by Degree, Certificate, or Premedical Program.

  • Select Premedical Program.
  • Choose explore program to find courses.

Program Information

Learn more about the program on the following pages:

Program Questions? Call us at (617) 495-2926 or email us at


If you are a US citizen or permanent resident who has earned a bachelor’s degree, you are invited to apply.