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What do people think of Harvard Extension School degrees? Looks like a cash cow to me with such a low bar for admissions.

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From having lived in Cambridge for years my impression was Harvard Community College

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I know several people at the firm that did this, and they literally bring it up every single chance they get. It's kinda funny to be honest, and I know it triggers the shit out of people that went to Harvard, which is equally entertaining.

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Proper MBA elsewhere.

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Depends on who gets your profile, to me it screams wannabeism . However the brand is strong and people not very informed that it does add a lot of clout with a lot of people.

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Kennedy is one of the top graduate programs. Period. Also one of the top policy schools. Looking at their admissions stats and alumni profiles will tell you that. I say this as someone who has never attended (or applied to) Harvard, but these are easy things to research.

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Well, now that Harvard is pretty well shut down, everyone’s effectively going to the “extension school” 🤷🏻‍♂️ Really though, it’s what you make of it. I’m pursuing my Masters there and while I accept that the puritanicals out there may be triggered by my accomplishment, it will bother them far more than it will bother me or 99% of the rest of the population. The content and instructors are phenomenal, the students are more experienced and bring a real world perspective to each class, and when the shutdown ends classes are available (and encouraged) on-campus. So, to think the accomplishment of achieving a degree from any of Harvard University’s degree granting schools (Kennedy, Law, Business, GSAS, Extension, etc) simultaneous with working full-time at a major firm is somehow “less than” is simply stupidity in its purest form. Don’t do it for prestige. Prestige is a fickle thing. Do it for you. It will help open doors, sure, just like any other line item on a resume might, but ultimately your performance once you walk through the door is what will matter most.

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The only person I know who had Harvard Extension on their resume was one of the least qualified consultants I have worked with, and I’m not exaggerating. I’m not going to assume that about every person, but it wasn’t a good first impression since it’s what apparently got them in the door.

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Should I go for MLA from the extension school or do a proper MBA elsewhere (HBS is a pipe dream for me).

Do they offer extension degrees? I thought it was a certificate.

Yeah they offer full fledged Masters degrees from Data Science to Anthropology.

If you want to get one for your own knowledge, since I’m sure the courses are taught by good professors, then power to you. But don’t expect the degree to do anything for you or your career. I’ve seen people with Extension Degrees put “Harvard” in their LinkedIn title and that’s just not a good look.

D3 - Thank you.l for your perspective. Honestly, I’m thinking about doing this for three reasons. 1 - I need to gain the knowledge contained in these courses. This is not career advancement related, it’s skills related. 2 - At $35K, it is pretty cost effective for access to good courses in the area I’m looking to learn. 3 - I’d like to have that diploma on my wall at home but wouldn’t pretend I actually got in to the broader Harvard college.

I went there and am friends with people who have ended up at other MBB firms. I attended classes with working professionals from Big 4 firms as well as the bigger Biotechs in the Cambridge area It does 1000% attract some clout chasing weirdos. But I will say that there are people there who are genuinely brilliant. The program is designed for working professionals who want a masters degree but don’t want to stop working. It is what you make of it. It’s not an MBA replacement. Feel free to ask me any questions.

When I worked for Harvard, we would get classes for like $50 so I took a bunch of them over the years. Very useful. I'm not sure about the degrees, but I definitely learned a lot from the classes and they were not easy.

Harvard extension is like hair extension. Period

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Any thoughts on getting a degree from Harvard Extension School? I’m thinking of getting a grad degree in Management Info Systems instead of getting an MBA

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Has anyone taken one of those online executive courses, like the Harvard Extension School offers? Looking to use my $5k of tuition reimbursement and already have an MBA. Worth it? Best programs?

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Anyone been to the Harvard Extension School - Consultant’s Toolkit program? Any insights to share?

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Anyone who can speak to their experience at Extension School? Example - Harvard Extension School? Seems like now with most classes being online anyway, better alternative with admissions and tuition.

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has anyone here enrolled in the harvard extension school? i’d like to ask some questions if you have.

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Any thoughts on Harvard Extension School? Considering taking a class in the evening for more personal development. Econ major, would prob do Gov't, Int Relations or Philosophy course(s)

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Taking a class from a Harvard extension school does not justify writing Harvard in your LinkedIn bio and misleading ppl who only read the top of your bio 👎

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Any thoughts on Harvard Extension School? Considering taking a class in the evening for more personal development. Econ major, would prob do Gov't, Int Relations or Philosophy course(s)

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Are certs from Harvard Extension School worth the cost? Disregarding the intangible value “Harvard” brings on ur linked in profile?

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Anyone done, or know anyone, a graduate degree with Harvard Extension School? Everything says it’s a great program and really tough, but admittedly having hard time getting over the name.

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What are your thoughts on the value of a Harvard Extension School degree vs. a standard online MBA from a reputable public university? I feel like the Harvard name carries a lot of value....

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