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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 to a Degree or Certificate

If you’re considering earning a graduate or undergraduate credential, starting with a single course can help you discover what best fits your needs. Use our program finder to explore degrees or certificates.

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-term and short-session courses throughout the year:

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

Learning & Connection

Deep learning springs from human connection. That’s why we work so hard to bring people together — whether in a live virtual classroom or an in-person seminar on campus.

Our approach to online learning fosters interaction without sacrificing flexibility. Each week, you’ll engage with your instructor, participate in peer discussions, and receive one-on-one support from teaching staff—all from your home or office.

Online Learning at Harvard Extension School
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