Frequently Asked Questions

What distance learning programs are offered at Harvard?

Several distance education programs are available. In addition to the programs listed below, Harvard offers a variety of open learning opportunities, including online courses and modules. A full list of online courses and other forms of digital learning from across Harvard is available.

Through the edX learning platform, founded by Harvard and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), anyone with an Internet connection can gain access to courses from Harvard, MIT, and other partner academic institutions. View classes available from HarvardX or read more about edX.

The Harvard Extension School

The Division of Continuing Education and the Harvard Extension School offers many courses for credit over the Internet. The Internet is used to deliver course lectures with video, audio, and multimedia. Live lectures are recorded and made available on demand through “streaming video” technology. Students use additional technologies to work on exams and homework assignments and to communicate with the instructor and other students in the class.

Harvard Business Review

Harvard Manage Mentor: These online interactive exercises help prepare students for real-world challenges, with flexible, self-directed learning options. Their programs include expert commentary and real-life examples from Harvard Business School faculty and business leaders.

Harvard Graduate School of Education

WIDE World: The goal of WIDE World is to transform school systems by developing professional communities of teachers and school leaders with interactive online courses and on-site support programs that enable schools to cultivate the critical learning students need for the 21st century world.

Harvard Kennedy School

Executive Education: Harvard Kennedy School offers a series of online Executive Education programs designed to reach an audience of nonprofit and NGO managers from around the world, who, given the costs and distances, are not able to attend on-campus Executive Education.

Harvard Medical School

Department of Continuing Education: Continuing Medical Education Online offers online courses and sample cases from HMS faculty. Their programs are designed to provide the most up to date information and strategies for physicians and allied health professionals.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Master of Science Degree in Health Care Management: The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health offers a master's program in health care management partially online. The program features intensive weekend and summer sessions on-site, complemented by a distance learning component. The program allows participants to continue working full-time while pursuing the degree. The unique courses incorporate features of continuous learning, where skills learned in the classroom can be applied immediately to the participant's work site.

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