Harvard University Graduate Program Reviews

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97%
of students recommend
(4.28 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 241 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

4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

The students are the school's most valuable asset - we challenge each other and support one another, ensuring advancement in our own studies. Everyday is a learning experience.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2012

Professors are very brilliant and passionate about what they teach. The learning atmosphere there is one of a kind. The student-professor combination makes for great learning and discussions. The only con I can think of was that too many students wanted to participate in discussions.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros: incredible network, outstanding guest speakers, dynamic student body, great social life. Cons: case method is difficult for more tactical courses (finance, technology and operations management), being on the other side of the river as the rest of Harvard gives it a somewhat isolating feeling (but the size of the student body mitigates this con).
2.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros: Global MBA brand, access to exclusive recruiting opportunities, method of instruction helpful to broaden the mind. Cons: Method of instruction not effective for technical courses like finance/ operations, cohort too large to foster community feeling.
4.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2014

HBS has a global network that is second to none. It is also fantastic at merging formal learning with informal learning techniques. By splitting us into sections, hearing our comments, and splitting us into smaller groups, we inevitably learn each other's backgrounds and what we are each good at. This serves as a great feedback mechanism for knowing what our strengths and weaknesses are. The only thing that HBS should do better at is teaching finance and accounting, the quantitative subjects. The case method is very valuable for these subjects, but I think it would by much better to introduce the subjects with more rote knowledge before challenging the qualitiative sides of the field.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros: Great faculty, awesome cohort, excellent classes, brand value Cons: lack of academic rigor, lack of execution training
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014

The graduate school of education is a phenomenal school that really works towards helping students make connections and understand theories as they apply to real life. The majority of the programs require internships and the university works hard to match students with appropriate and useful supervisors and supports this process throughout the academic year. Te level of work is basically what students choose to do, there are ample opportunities to further one's learning and do extra reading or you can still get a lot out of even the required classes. There are a number of extracurricular events that student's can become involved in and there is ample freedom to design one's own cause and this is always supported by faculty and administration.
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.
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