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

Harvard Extension School, part of the Division of Continuing Education, serves students seeking online courses and nonresidential programs to advance their career or pursue an academic passion. As a fully accredited school, Harvard Extension offers graduate degrees, undergraduate degrees, graduate certificates, and individual courses to distance and part-time students. The school was founded in 1909 to extend Harvard’s vast educational resources to the community, and continues that mission to this day with a commitment to quality and innovation in distance learning.

Harvard Business Review

Harvard ManageMentor: 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

The Professional Education Online Programs allow educators in a variety of learning environments to bring HGSE’s teaching and research into their communities. Throughout the year, stimulating conversations and new insights to enrich education practices or policies are also available to people around the world, via live-streamed videos of HGSE’s signature lecture series, the Askwith Forum; via the Harvard EdCast, and via HGSE’s research-to-practice website, Usable Knowledge.

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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