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Degree Candidate Academic Opportunities

Once you are officially admitted to a Bachelor of Liberal Arts (ALB) and Master’s of Liberal Arts (ALM) degree program, you can enjoy these many opportunities.

Degree Candidate Privileges

A number of privileges—including priority registration, degree advising, payment plans, and student clubs—can help deepen your Harvard experience and support your personal and professional development. Check out the Degree Candidate Privileges.

Faculty Aide Program

A small number of faculty aide jobs are offered by Harvard Extension school instructors to admitted ALB and ALM degree candidates and Premedical program students.

Harvard Graduate School Tuition Vouchers

You can apply for a Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) or Harvard Divinity School (HDS) tuition voucher to take a maximum of one four-credit, graduate-level course free of charge that can apply to your Harvard Extension School degree.

Special Student Status

Special Student status enables you to enroll for either one or two courses (two is the maximum) in Harvard College, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, or another Harvard Graduate School (certain restrictions apply). The fee is approximately $6,000 per course.

If you are an ALB candidate at the time of application you need to have completed 64 credits with 32 completed at Harvard, and a 3.5 GPA or higher. If an ALM candidate, you need a 3.5 GPA or higher.

The deadlines are September 1 to enroll in the following spring term Harvard courses and February 1 for the following fall term courses.

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Teacher’s Aide Internship

Each fall you can apply for a paid internship ($15 per hour for 100 hours) at St. Peter School in Cambridge (K-8), where you can gain classroom experience as a teacher’s aide to support a future career in education. Application deadlines are September 1 and December 1.

Learn about additional internship opportunities.

Study Abroad

Harvard Summer School offers study abroad opportunities for eight credits. Financial aid is available for qualifying candidates.

Earn a Certificate for ALM and ALB Candidates

As an ALM and ALB degree candidate, it may be possible to earn a certificate along with your degree.

Independent Reading and Research for ALB Candidates

Pursue your own undergraduate research project under the supervision of an Extension School instructor or a faculty member at another Harvard school.

Washington Center Opportunity for ALB and ALM Government or Journalism Candidates

In January, ALB candidates and ALM candidates in the fields of government and journalism have the option to attend a four-credit two-week long course at The Washington Center.

Premedical Program Advising and Sponsorship

ALB degree candidates interested in applying to medical school can work with our Premedical Program (PMP) advising team.

CORe for ALB Candidates

Harvard Business School Online’s CORe is an online program that teaches the fundamentals of business on a highly engaging and interactive platform designed by Harvard Business School (HBS) faculty. CORe (Credential of Readiness) consists of three critical business topics: Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting. As an ALB candidate, you can pursue CORe for credit to gain a valuable business credential that compliments your liberal arts degree as long as you have not already completed similar course content for degree credit (ex. financial accounting or business economics). CORe will count as eight credits of Harvard instructor, upper level, and social science credit. It will also count toward the fields of study in economics and business management and administration. It does not count toward any minors or as a degree course for admission.

You apply directly to Harvard Business School Online and, if accepted, you register and pay tuition for the eight credits through their system. The Harvard Extension School course registration happens automatically. Only select CORe cohorts are available for undergraduate credit (ordinarily, January, May, and September). If you register for the January or May cohorts, you cannot register for additional Harvard courses. Credit is not offered for past or future noncredit cohorts.

Joint Program for ALB Candidates

Designed for highly motivated adult professional students with a proven track record of success in the ALB program, our Joint Program provides an accelerated pathway to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. In the Joint Program, you earn the ALB and ALM degree in any field we currently offer with four graduate-level courses counting toward both degrees.

Once you earn 96 credits toward the ALB degree with a 3.5 GPA or higher you can petition to apply to the Joint Program.