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TAP into a world of learning at Extension School

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Whether you want to keep up with the latest trends in your field or learn new skills to make yourself a more valuable Harvard employee, discover the many open enrollment courses or part-time degree and graduate certificate programs offered at the Harvard Extension School. Expand your knowledge by enrolling in just one course or enhance your credentials by formally applying to a degree or professional certificate program. Nearly 2,000 Harvard employees enroll at the Extension School annually using the University’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

Following is a list of the School’s part-time degree and graduate certificate programs. For the full array of courses, visit Classes begin Feb. 2, and late registration runs through Feb. 16.

  • The Associate in Arts and Bachelor of Liberal Arts degrees are designed for working adults who appreciate the value of a liberal arts education. Students can complete degrees begun at other schools or earn their entire undergraduate degrees in the evening at the Extension School. The Undergraduate Program provides a foundation from which to advance a career or embark on postgraduate studies.
  • The Master of Liberal Arts program offers opportunities to develop the skills required of a professional scholar. Whether one is seeking a stepping-stone to a doctoral program, teacher certification, a midlife career change, or simply a chance to pursue a lifelong passion, the Master of Liberal Arts Program opens up a world of possibilities.
  • The Master of Liberal Arts in Information Technology is designed for individuals who either possess solid programming experience using a modern object-oriented language or have a strong background in mathematics. This program has three areas of concentration: one geared toward individuals who wish to advance their software engineering skills, one geared toward individuals who wish to enhance their understanding of certain theoretical aspects of computer science, and one geared toward individuals who wish to focus on the teaching of mathematics.
  • The Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management is designed for students with some managerial experience who wish to improve their management skills through formal academic training. Courses include “Strategic Sales Management,” “Advertising and Buyer Behavior,” and “Effective Written Communication.”
  • The Certificate in Applied Sciences offers students with modest academic backgrounds in science or math formal training in computer and information technology needed to advance in their careers. The program includes basic courses in computer science, math, and physics, as well as specialized courses relevant to today’s high-technology industries. Courses include “Web Services,” “Practical Perl,” and “Algorithms and Data Structures.”
  • The Certificate in Environmental Management, designed for individuals who work in local, state, and federal agencies, nongovernmental environmental groups, industry, and the consulting field, gives students exposure to local, national, and world environmental problems while providing management strategies and problem-solving skills. Courses include “Global Climate Change” and “Ocean Environments.”
  • The Certificate in Museum Studies provides students with the necessary knowledge and competence to pursue professional museum careers. Students with some background in museum studies who want to improve their skills or with little or no experience who wish to acquire a background in the field will benefit from the program. Courses include “Museum Exhibition” and “Visitor Studies.”
  • The Certificate in Publishing and Communications helps students with some writing experience gain technical and professional training for careers in publishing and media production. Courses include “Principles of Editing” and “Feature Writing.”
  • The Certificate in Technologies of Education is designed for professionals who wish to improve their capacity to develop and implement innovative teaching and learning with technology. The program is appropriate for educators, software developers, and business professionals interested in using new technological tools to improve educational practice. Courses include “Theory and Practice of Web Pedagogies.”