Liberal Arts Degree, Bachelor

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Key learning outcomes

Through the Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree from Harvard University you gain:

  • A well-rounded academic foundation, through a blend of courses in traditional liberal arts fields and focused subject areas, such as business management and administration, biology, international relations, and computer science.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills to convey views and opinions in academic and professional contexts.
  • The ability to think critically across a variety of subjects, fostering an informed, independent worldview.
  • Membership in a diverse student community of adult learners, providing an enriching learning environment.
Program overview
The undergraduate degree includes 32 courses (128 credits, at least 16 credits taken on campus).
  • Get started. You begin by completing three admission courses from the program curriculum. This coursework establishes your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
  • Apply to the program. While you are completing your third admission course, you submit your application. You can transfer up to 64 credits from another school. We have application periods in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Continue your studies, online and on campus. You can pursue most of your degree online, if you wish. But to fully experience Harvard, you are required to complete at least 16 credits (roughly four courses) on campus. Your options for study include on-campus courses, active learning weekend courses, and courses that combine weekly online classes with an intensive weekend on campus.
  • Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Bachelor of Liberal Arts (ALB) in extension studies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Study intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    128 credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Core Requirements

40 credits in your concentration (at least 32 credits at Harvard*).

24 credits distributed across the concentrations:

  • 8 credits in humanities
  • 8 credits in science
  • 8 credits in social sciences

8 expository writing credits

8 foreign language credits:

  • 8 credits in one lower-level language (e.g., French I and II)
  • 4 credits in the second semester of one language (e.g., French II)
  • 4 credits in one upper-level language (e.g., Intermediate French I)

4 quantitative reasoning credits, taken at Harvard*

4 moral reasoning credits, taken at Harvard*

12 writing-intensive credits, taken at Harvard*

52 credits taken with Harvard instructors

60 credits of upper-level coursework

* “At Harvard” indicates either on campus or online.

The Harvard On-Campus Experience

Many courses can be taken online, but the degree requires a Harvard campus experience. You come to Cambridge for at least 16 credits, which gives you access to faculty; campus libraries, laboratories, and museums; and the academic community.

On-campus requirements can ordinarily be completed through:

  • Fall- or spring-semester courses that meet only on campus (on-campus courses that have an online option do not count, even if you attend all of the class meetings on campus).
  • Active learning weekend courses.
  • January courses.
  • Online courses with a required weekend on campus.
  • Three- or seven-week Summer School campus-based courses.

International students

To meet the on campus requirement, you should plan to study with us in the summer, either for three- or seven-weeks. You can easily request an I-20 for the F-1 student visa through Harvard Summer School.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

To begin the admission process, you complete three admission courses (12 credits):

  • Academic Writing and Critical Reading course
    • To enroll in this course, you need to first pass our online test of critical reading and writing skills or complete Fundamentals of Academic Writing with a B grade.
    • You must earn the required grade of B or higher in Academic Writing in a maximum of two course registration attempts.
  • Any two courses from the program

You complete all admissions courses with a grade of B or higher, without letting your overall Harvard cumulative GPA dip below 3.0.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • USD 44800 International
  • USD 44800 National

Affordability is core to our mission. Undergraduate tuition is $1,400 per course (an exception applies to courses in digital media and computer science, for which the tuition rate is $2,550). At the $1,400 rate, the total tuition cost of earning the full undergraduate degree is $44,800. If you're transferring in 64 credits, the total tuition cost is $22,400.


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