Does Harvard Offer Online Degrees?

Trish Sammer Updated on February 8, 2019

There's good news for people who want to add Harvard to their resume. That ivy league institution is making it easier than ever to gain access to their educational offerings through a variety of online programs.

So that begs the question of whether you can you get an online degree from Harvard. For now, the answer is no, you can't get a degree purely through online learning. However, you may be able to get a degree through a mix of online and in-person educational offerings. You can also earn professional certificates through various online learning programs without having to step foot on campus. That means that you can add "Harvard" to your CV without matriculating in a degree program. 

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Can you get a MBA from Harvard online?

As we said above, Harvard does not award degrees purely through online programs at the moment. However, if you're interested in a Harvard MBA and you can't commit to a full-time, on-campus course load, Harvard does have other options. 

While you can complete much of your MBA coursework online, certain classes require on-campus residency. Sometimes that may equal one long weekend on-campus per semester. However, some classes, such as Entrepreneurship, require a several-week stint on-campus. 

For this program, you can expect a workload of about 10-20 hours per week. Most people finish within two to three years. 

See also: What is the True Cost of a Harvard MBA?

Can I take Harvard certificate courses online?

Yes, Harvard has a wide range of online educational offerings for people who want to broaden their knowledge on a particular topic but who do not intend on pursuing an advanced degree. Some people take these classes for professional development, while others are just seeking personal enrichment. 

You can view individual courses here. A good many of these options are free and offer a certificate upon completion.

Harvard Graduate Certificates can be completed online or on-campus. You must generally complete a series of three to five courses to earn your certificate. See available certificate programs here

Is Harvard Extension School online?

Yes, much of the coursework offered by Harvard Extension school is offered online. But, like the MBA program we discussed above, students are required to attend classes on-campus for limited periods in order to graduate with a degree.

Harvard Extension school is geared toward adult learners who are seeking part-time or online educational opportunities. Some programs are geared toward professional development, while others may be part of a degree program. You can see all the options offered by Harvard Extension School here

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