Going back to school as a working adult is a big commitment. At Harvard Extension School, you’ll join a community that’s invested in your growth and success. All of us — our staff, faculty, and current students — are here to support you every step of the way.
Check out our guide to becoming a student below. We invite you to join us in class in spring 2024!
Spring Registration Webinar
Join us October 17 for Everything You Need to Know Before You Register for Spring. Our team will guide you through the enrollment process and answer questions about admissions, financing, and more.
Not sure which path is right for you? You can start with a single course. Then, continue coursework to earn a certificate — and ultimately stack all your courses toward a degree.
Considering Your Schedule
We offer full-term and short-session courses throughout the year. When you choose to start depends on your academic goals, life priorities, and course availability.
Registration for January and spring courses opens November 6.
You can choose from online synchronous (live) and asynchronous (no live class meetings) course formats to fit your busy schedule. Whether live or on demand, our online courses provide you with personal attention from instructors and teaching staff as well as an active community of talented peers.
7- and 15-week courses, late August to mid-December
3-week intensive courses
7- and 15-week courses, late January to mid-May
3- and 7-week sessions, late June to mid-August
Courses on Harvard Campus
Browsing Courses & Open Enrollment
At Harvard Extension School, most of our courses are open to the public for registration. You know best which courses will help you meet your goals. After reading the description and prerequisites, if you believe you have the background to be successful in a course, you can register — no application required.
Courses for a program. Use the Browse by Degree, Certificate, or Premedical Programs filters to find courses that meet specific requirements.
Individual courses. Browse over 50 subjects by selecting Advanced Search.
Considering beginning your path degree? Check out our tips for starting a degree for guidance on checking eligibility, choosing courses, and more.
Starting the Enrollment Process
Review our Academic Calendar and add critical registration deadlines to your personal calendar, so you won’t miss important deadlines, including:
The payment deadline so you can avoid getting dropped from your courses for nonpayment.
The registration deadline so you don’t miss the chance to enroll that term.
While all our courses are open enrollment, there are several important enrollment requirements that you should be aware of before you begin the registration process:
If English is your second language, you’ll need to prove English proficiency before registering for a course. We have multiple proficiency options.
Reading and Writing Placement Test
Some courses — including many courses for admission to degree programs — require you to pass the Test of Critical Reading and Writing Skills (CRWS) before you can enroll. This free, online test helps ensure that your journey at Harvard Extension starts strong with the right course.
Immunization Requirements for On-Campus Study
You’ll need to meet vaccination guidelines to take courses on campus. This requirement doesn’t apply to online courses.
Registering for Courses
Registration for January and Spring 2024 opens on November 6.
Starting October 19, complete pre-registration in MyDCE. You’ll also be able to save courses to a registration cart in DCE Course Search and Registration so they’re ready for you when registration opens.
Starting November 6, you can register for January or spring courses.
In our interactive orientation, you can learn more about the Harvard Extension experience from our students and deans. You’ll find helpful tips for succeeding as a student, engaging with faculty, and embracing our community values.
Ready to get started?
Watch the introductory video.
Set up your student account by first creating a DCEKey.
If you need support as you consider and choose a program, and you’ve never taken a course with us before, an enrollment coach will work with you one-on-one. Your coach can help you find a program that fits your goals and life, select courses, and finalize enrollment.
The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) at Harvard University is dedicated to bringing rigorous academics and innovative teaching capabilities to those seeking to improve their lives through education. We make Harvard education accessible to lifelong learners from high school to retirement.