Harvard University Graduate Program Reviews

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97%
of students recommend
(4.28 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 233 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE and CAATS
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 6 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 29,652 (10,255 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 7 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 31% part-time, 69% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $42,874
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

0.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2013

On the whole, I regretted going to the Kennedy School. Had very high hopes going in - it is Harvard after all. But the program does not really deliver or make for a good investment of time and money. The classes are huge, the level is surprisingly low, and the whole place gives the vibe of a diploma mill. Most professors - with some great exceptions - do not give a shit about their students. The worse part is that the administration is largely oblivious to student complaints and treats them as entirely dispensable. On the positive side, it can provide a great network, and it is a fun and easy way to spend two years. Verdict: ff you are looking for a real education and value for money, avoid. If you are looking to take it easy for two years, find an easy way into Harvard, or are in it for the networking, then go for it. If you are serious about a career in government and smart enough to go to a good law school, do that instead.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

The Harvard School of Public Health is an excellent graduate program for those interested in either health research/education or health-related pursuits such as advocacy. The quality of the education is top-notch and the network available to you as a Harvard student is fantastic. The cons of the program are definitely the cost. Boston is an expensive city and the school's tuition is amongst the highest for public health programs and unfortunately, they are stingy with scholarship money.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2014

The best resources at Harvard Kennedy School are its people - networking with people that can be extremely helpful in professional and academic life. From students to faculty, from domestic to international participants, from freedom fighters like Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to great speakers like Michael Sandel. As for the con, financing tuition and living expenses can cost a lot. There are not enough scholarships or fellowships that one can apply to fund his / her education.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

Excellent quality of education, networks, career options. JD program should be smaller in the number of students.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014

The Harvard Graduate School of Education is an amazing school to be a part of. The breadth of classes and resources available is incredible and is worth the cost of tuition. Unfortunately, the program I am in is not accredited and makes it difficult to transfer to another school without losing credits.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2014

Great for career afterwards and have interesting classes to choose from. You can find a group of people who are down to earth and not ultra-competitive but of course those kind are here in spades. Professors aren't that accessible unless you want to RA.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2014

The luxury of Harvard is you can choose your own path and get where you want to be. A bonus is the large class size which affords so many more opportunities for diverse interactions or student groups and orgs across the spectrum of interests.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013

Highest quality education money can buy. Truly inspiration professors.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2013

My program accepts a large number of students per cohort, which helps create a tight knit group of peers that also like to work hard and have fun. The faculty are great, and the financial support is excellent. There is no reason anyone should do a crappy Ph.D. at Harvard with all the available scientific resources.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2013

Athletics: There is a lot of school spirit but not as much as you would find at one of the big state schools. Living in Cambridge is EXPENSIVE. Campus Safety: We do live in a city so there is the normal crime you would find in a city scene once off-campus: robberies from time to time, etc. However, the Harvard Police Dept is very efficient and quick to answer calls for help and there are blue emergency lights all over campus as well as security guards. School's Use of Technology: Registration is done on paper, as well as any registration changes to your schedule during add/drop. This system is VERY inefficient, especially if you need professor approval for certain classes. You have to run around campus getting their signatures and if, by chance, you change a course before the day course registration is due, you have to re-print a new form and go get all the professors to resign it. If the registrar were to implement a registration system online, the process would be much more efficient and less stressful. Overall, good program and very good institution.
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