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Online and on-campus courses that fit your lifestyle.

Upskill, reskill, or refresh your knowledge in courses at Harvard Extension. No matter your academic path, we have many options to help you reach your goals. 

Courses Designed for Impact

At Harvard Extension School, our courses are the cornerstone of our academic offerings.

You may choose to take a single course — perhaps to build a new skill, explore a passion, or prepare for graduate school. Or you may decide to take courses in pursuit of a degree or certificate. The choice is yours.

Our courses are open enrollment, requiring no application to enroll. Whatever your goal, you’ll find courses that balance academic rigor with flexibility and value.

  • 1,000 courses in over 60 subjects

  • Harvard faculty and industry-leading professionals

  • Flexible course formats to fit your life

  • High-impact learning designed for real-world application

  • A global community of motivated lifelong learners just like you

  • Stackable pathways that can lead from a course to a certificate to a degree

Multiple Participation Options Offered Year-Round

We understand that you need flexible attendance options to balance school, career, and other life commitments.

We offer courses multiple times a year, with 3 participation options:

  • Online synchronous
  • Online asynchronous
  • On campus

Learn more about our course participations options.

  • Fall Term

    Full (15-week) and half (7-week) term courses between August and mid-December

  • January Session

    3-week intensive courses

  • Spring Term

    Full (15 week) and half (7 week) term courses from late January to mid-May

  • Summer Session

    3- and 7-week options from June to August

Course Tuition Rates

Credit Level 2023–24 Tuition for 4-Credit Courses
Undergraduate $2,040
($510 per credit)
Graduate $3,220
($805 per credit)
Noncredit $1,500

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Harvard Extension Ready

Harvard Extension Ready is a series of online lessons on core writing skills. It is free, self-guided, and self-paced.

Learn more and get started with Harvard Extension Ready!

Career and Academic Resource Center (CARC)

CARC provides academic webinars covering a wide variety of study and research skills you’ll need to thrive at Harvard Extension School.

Whether you want to learn some effective note-taking strategies, prepare to give a presentation, or understand how to properly cite your sources in a midterm paper, you’ll find what you need in the online CARC resource library.

Visit the CARC website to explore all of these valuable resources and more.

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