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

5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2017

The pros to earning a degree from Harvard's Extension School are obvious. The program was developed to promote continuing education for nontraditional students. The program offers on-campus courses, online courses, summer courses and hybrid courses which helps to accommodate the nontraditional student. This program allows the nontraditional student to earn a Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate or Professional Certificate from one of the most respected Universities in the wold, and yes, it is a Harvard education. The cons are less obvious. Some fields of study offer fewer course options, however, there is the option to obtain special student status which opens more options for courses. Overall the opportunities presented for the nontraditional student make this program one of the top in the country. There is a two semester on campus requirement which poses a problem for students outside of the New England area.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

The faculty in my department are hired more for their research skills than for their teaching ability. This has lead to only a few professors who are great teachers, and many who are not. The classes with not so great teachers are much harder to get through. Statistical theory is difficult enough on its own. Having better teachers would greatly improve the program. The program does have a great way of networking with other faculty, students and people in academia that could be very useful after graduation.
2.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Dentistry
Graduation Year: 2014

The graduate program has great value with a quality network. The students are diverse, and there is support from the school. However, it is not that affordable to live in Boston, and financial aid is scarce.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Dentistry
Graduation Year: 2018

Some of the pros of the dental program in which I am enrolled are (1) the rigorous didactic curriculum that is tied to the medical school, ensuring a strong background in the basic medical sciences, (2) the proximity of the dormitory to the campus as it is just across the street, (3) the enthusiasm of both educators and students for learning, which allows for great interactions between us, and (4) the pass-fail curriculum, which has has established a sense of camaraderie in us as we all move through the year together, helping each other. Some of the cons are (1) location away from the school's main campus, which does not support a feeling of being a part of the greater university as a whole but which does grant us easy access to all of the prominent hospitals of Boston, and (2) a focus away from the dental profession itself until years 3 and 4 of the program.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017

Phenomenal program! The professors are approachable and knowledgeable. The work is challenging yet very applicable, and the program over all is beyond comparison!
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

It is a brilliant program spanning a variety of disciplines with excellent professors who are both world renowned academics and practitioners in their fields.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015

overall a good short term program as an introduction to a new field that holds much promise. But need to be very proactive to seek out resources in this environment as it is so diverse.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2018

My program well prepares law students for the legal profession, and there are many career opportunities available despite the dearth of employment in the legal field nationwide. There are also fantastic networking opportunities. Furthermore, the JD/MBA program allows students to receive both degrees in only four total years of school (as opposed to five). However, the program is prohibitively expensive at about $350,000 total. Additionally, the high caliber of students, many of whom overachieved in their previous careers and/or colleges, creates a competitive environment. This environment motivates many students, but it can be counterproductive and destructive to the social fabric of the class once it reaches a certain threshold.
3.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

The Harvard School is a great place to be if you know of a faculty member working in your specific field of interest. Most of the teaching is excellent, your classmates are interesting and talented, and the alumni network is unparalleled. However, the program has an incredible number of required classes, which don't leave you much room to pursue your own interests. To pursue these interests outside of class, it is invaluable to have a faculty member identified even before attending that you know you can work with. The faculty are amazing, but are frequently unavailable, so it can be difficult to build relationships.
4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2018

The financial aid is enough. As the years go by, even though the graduate students do the same amount of work, they are paid less and that causes financial problems. Professors are not that accessible and the program does not do anything to help for future career plans. However the quality of education is really good.
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