Harvard Extension school has made it increasingly easier to earn the better part of a Harvard degree online. Currently Harvard Extension School allows you to take courses online for credit toward undergraduate degrees in a wide variety of subjects. While you can take a majority of your courses online, Harvard still requires that you take four courses on campus before they will grant a degree (That's only 16 out of 128 total credits that you need to take on campus!). It is easier than ever to fit these on-campus courses into your schedule, since they offer courses in the evening and during the summer. To earn most of your Harvard degree online, you must first be admitted to the Harvard Extension School, but don't worry, it is not as difficult to get into Harvard Extension School as it is to get into Harvard College.

Harvard wants mainly wants to be sure that you can keep up with your work, so they ask you to take three classes in the extension school, before you apply to a regular degree program. As long as you score, B- or above in the three classes, Harvard will consider you ready to handle the coursework in a degree program.

Next, You have to prove that you are a decent writer. The easiest way to do this is to take the Academic Writing and Critical Reading course, and use it as one of your three prerequisites. As long as you score a B- or above in the course, they will accept this as proof that you are a good enough writer.

After you have completed these two steps, you are ready to apply to the program. The link in the Resources section of this article will take you directly to the Harvard Extension School application information page. On this page, you will find a link to the online application form, as well as complete information about the available programs.


  • If English is not your first language, Harvard will require that you submit your TOEFL scores to prove your proficiency in English.