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Take a Course

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Online and on-campus courses that fit your lifestyle.

Upskill, reskill, or refresh your knowledge in just one course at Harvard.

Whether you want to build new skills, explore a career pivot, or expand your worldview, we have nearly 1,000 courses to help you reach your goals. 

In our classrooms—whether virtual or in person—you’ll find:

  • Harvard faculty and industry experts dedicated to helping you gain practical knowledge.
  • A rigorous, inclusive learning environment with weekly live interaction.
  • A network of peers like you—driven, experienced, and committed to growth.

A stepping stone. If you’re contemplating a degree or certificate, starting with a single course can help you explore what fits your needs.

Course Options

We offer a variety of ways for you to take courses so you can find the option that works best with your schedule. Course formats include:

  • Online (live synchronous or asynchronous)
  • On campus at Harvard
  • Online with one intensive on-campus weekend

Enrolling in a Course

We offer full-semester and short-session courses throughout the year:

  • Fall semester: 15-week courses from August to mid-December
  • January: 3-week intensive courses
  • Spring: 15-week courses from late January to mid-May
  • Summer: 3- and 7-week options from June to August