Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Our master’s, doctoral, and professional education programs reflect the extraordinary diversity and depth of faculty research and student experience at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Choose from graduate degrees and professional development programs exploring every facet of education, from pre-K through college, in school and after school, and across the human lifespan. You will be taught by renowned experts and surrounded by colleagues who are passionate about education and preparing to become transformative leaders.

Our Mission

To prepare leaders in education and to generate knowledge to improve student opportunity, achievement, and success. 

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About Harvard University

Harvard Graduate School of Education students have the benefit of being at one of the world’s great academic institutions, Harvard University. The university environment provides Ed School students with opportunities to enroll in classes at other schools, to study with world-class scholars, to explore the largest university library system in the world, and to meet and learn from an extraordinarily diverse student population.

Grad School Registration

Harvard University provides students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a wealth of opportunities to pursue academic, cultural, and recreational interests beyond the HGSE campus. Cross-registration is an excellent way to explore classes and subjects that HGSE does not offer, as well as to connect with colleagues at the other Harvard schools. Please take a few moments to review the cross-registration process at Harvard.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Today, Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity is the moniker that captures the numerous ways that HGSE engages the ever-evolving diversity, equity, and inclusion conversation. Steeped in the continued belief that professional educators should have the skills and knowledge to create and sustain thriving, diverse environments, whether in classrooms or boardrooms, HGSE endeavors to cultivate teaching, knowing, and understanding that centers diverse students, faculty, and staff. Driven by the idea that for us to change the world we must start at home, with everyone truly being included, we strive to understand how we, as learners and teachers, can best contribute to our educational environments.

Diversity Initiatives

The Office of Student Affairs facilitates programming related to diversity awareness, discussions and innovative practices to continuously build an inclusive HGSE community.

Our office collaborates with students, student organizations, academic programs and various diversity initiatives within the Harvard University system. 

We also review the Diversity Innovation Fund proposals and decide on funding allocations for student initiatives related to diversity and inclusion.

Our diversity initiatives allow students to share their own experiences, bring visibility and heighten awareness on issues related to underrepresented and underserved communities.

Students of Color

At HGSE we recognize that Students of Color are an integral part of our community and we value your unique needs. There are several resources at HGSE and the larger Harvard Community that will support your well-being, academics, and social life.

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Our Programs

Professional Education at the HGSE serves more than 9,500 educators around the world each year through a robust portfolio of 90 programs for early childhood, K-12, and higher education professionals.


Choose from 13 yearlong intensive master’s programs exploring the most challenging and exciting questions in education research, policy, and practice.


Doctoral study at Harvard means full immersion in one of the world’s most dynamic and influential intellectual communities. At the Harvard Graduate School of Education, two distinct doctoral programs leverage the extraordinary interdisciplinary strengths of the entire university.


The Equity and Inclusion Fellowship seeks to advance Diversity Initiatives at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Equity Fellows serve as a bridge to and partners with student council, student organizations and fellow classmates to work towards a more equitable and inclusive campus.

Our Diversity

Diversity is a critical and valuable strength, but its many benefits are not automatic. They take our ongoing commitment and action as learners, educators, and citizens.

Knowing this, in 2014 HGSE launched Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity — a yearlong community conversation around how we can nurture relationships, lead classrooms, and build institutions that are successful, thriving, and stronger because of their diversity. We realized quickly that the need to engage issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion ran deeper, extended further, and was larger than we had imagined. Recognizing this informed a deeper commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion across our curriculum, in our classrooms, in our hiring for faculty and staff, and in our campus culture. 

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Our Dean

“At HGSE, simply appreciating diversity is not enough.  We aim to ensure that every member of our community can fully belong and can equitably access the extraordinary opportunities here.  From the Equity and Inclusion Fellows program to our many community-wide and program-specific opportunities to explore issues related to identity and difference, we strive to deeply embed diversity, equity, and inclusion into the HGSE experience.  “

Bridget Terry Long

Dean of the Faculty of Education



What Alumni are Doing & Saying

“I am driven by the promise of the American dream, although, ironically, the research has clearly said this is often more of a dream than a reality for certain populations.”

Stella Flores, Ed.M.’02, Ed.D.’07

Alumni Council Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education 2019

“It means a great deal to receive this award at this point in my career given my focus in recent years on criminal justice reform and advocating and supporting high quality educational opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals — particularly for women in prison and girls of color who are being criminalized in greater numbers in America’s schools,” he said. “I hope this award will bring greater attention to these issues.”

Douglas Wood, Ed.M.’96, Ed.D.’00

Alumni Council Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education 2018

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Get In Touch

Harvard Graduate School of Education
Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138

Telephone: 617-495-3414

Email: gseadmissions@harvard.edu

Hours: M-F: 8am – 5pm

Non-Discrimination Policy

Harvard University’s policy is to make decisions concerning applicants, students, faculty, and staff on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Harvard’s educational objectives and institutional needs. The principle of not discriminating against individuals based on characteristics such as race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job or course of study requirements is consistent with the purposes of a university and with the law.