It’s that time of year again: time to begin planning for the 2021-22 academic year at Harvard Extension School. Registration for fall courses opens on Monday, July 26 (or Thursday, July 22 for degree candidates). 

Take a look at what’s new at Harvard Extension School for the upcoming school year. 

The biggest course catalog yet

This year, you have the opportunity to choose from more than 1,000 courses in our course catalog.

This extensive catalog offers courses that apply toward 42 graduate certificates and 26 graduate degrees, as well as to the undergraduate degree and certificates. Here’s a sampling of our newest courses:

Again for the 2021-22 school year, all of our courses will be offered entirely online.  

This year, as every other year, we strive to deliver a rigorous and accessible online education that fits into your busy schedule. We offer three flexible online formats that leverage the very latest distance learning technologies and facilitate real-time interaction with instructors and peers. 

Many of these choices will fill up quickly. So start planning your fall courses today and be sure to register early.

Virtual Open House

Interested in learning everything there is to know about what it’s like to be a student at Harvard Extension School?

Our first-ever Virtual Open House is on Tuesday, July 13.

At this informative online event, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about our degree and certificate programs, as well as the admissions process, financial services, and career advising.

Visit virtual booths throughout the day to explore the programs and resources that interest you. Drop in on informative panel presentations with students, alumni, and staff. And get your pressing questions answered as you chat with staff members from the Harvard Extension community. You can join in the Virtual Open House at your convenience between 10 am and 7 pm EDT.  

Registration is free, and all attendees are entered to win a course tuition voucher. 

Two new graduate credentials

We are excited to introduce two new graduate credentials for the 2021-22 academic year. 

Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Program

Cybersecurity is one of the most in-demand fields in IT today. Our new graduate degree program in cybersecurity is ideal for individuals who are interested in advancing their career in this exciting field. This dynamic new program offers a cutting-edge blend of technical, business, communication, and risk management skills you need to identify, respond to, and prevent online threats. 

The ALM in the field of cybersecurity is offered in addition to our existing graduate certificate in cybersecurity. 

Health and Society Graduate Certificate

This newest graduate certificate program examines the biological, social, psychological, and philosophical aspects of disease and medical care. The program focuses on understanding how structural social inequalities impact health outcomes and decision making. It also explores tools and strategies you need to address those systemic inequalities and advance health justice. 

Added capstone and thesis tracks

We regularly evaluate our degree requirements to improve your academic experience. Thesis and capstone opportunities offer a challenging way for you to consolidate your studies through independent research or comprehensive independent projects. 

This year, we have added several new capstone tracks to ensure that you are prepared to jump start your career in your chosen field. 

ALM fields of study in Anthropology and Archaeology and Creative Writing and Literature now have capstone tracks, in addition to thesis tracks.

The ALM field of Psychology now has two capstone options: educational psychology and psychometrics.

For the ALM in the field of History, we’ve added a second capstone track, historical biography, in addition to the existing capstone track, social reform movements in America.

This new history capstone is taught by Professor Maggie Doherty, author of the 2020 book The Equivalents. Professor Doherty’s biographical work highlights the stories of five women who worked and studied together at the newly founded Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study in the early 1960s. Through their art and friendship, these Harvard women found themselves at the forefront of feminism, and their influence is still felt today.