Liberal Arts Degree, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • N/A
  • Tuition Fee
    49600 USD/full
    Tuition fee
    49600 USD/full
    Tuition fee
  • English
University rank #1 (ARWU) , MA,
Start or finish your undergraduate degree part time. In the Bachelor Of Liberal Arts Degree program from Harvard University, you can sharpen your written and verbal communication, enhance your critical and analytical capacity, and deepen your knowledge in a chosen field for career advancement and personal growth.


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
  • 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

  • Programme 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

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.

For more information please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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

  • International

    49600 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49600 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .
  • National

    49600 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49600 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .

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 $2,700). At the $1,550 rate, the total tuition cost of earning the full undergraduate degree is $49,600. If you're transferring in 64 credits, the total tuition cost is $24,800.


StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.