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Impact the World

A passion for education.

A commitment to making the world a better place.

A desire to help solve challenges facing education.

A dedication to learn, to lead.

To impact the world.

Some call it idealism.

We don’t.

At the Harvard Graduate School of Education, you’ll learn what it takes to turn your ideas into concrete examples of what can happen when someone is committed to making a positive impact in the world.

Who Goes to HGSE?

Maybe you just earned your bachelor’s degree in history. Maybe you have been an educator for 25 years. Maybe you are a business owner looking for a new career. Or maybe you manage a nonprofit organization and want to become more effective. One thing is clear: your passion for impacting the world has led you to take the next step.

HGSE offers a rigorous educational experience. Our master’s programs pack the intensity of other schools’ two-year programs into one year. You will learn not only from expert faculty members, but from your peers — people who come from around the United States and the world, from every imaginable life experience — who, like you, are attracted to HGSE’s reputation for excellence and have a desire to make a difference. While you challenge one another through lively debates, you also will encourage each other in small study groups. Your classes will offer you a supportive environment in which to gain knowledge and confidence.

By pursuing your master’s or doctoral studies at HGSE, you will benefit from the wealth of intellectual resources that can only be found at Harvard University, both on campus and at the university’s numerous affiliated institutions and partner organizations across the world.

You will emerge with a powerful degree that will open doors to numerous meaningful career opportunities — within the world of education and beyond.

You Want to Make an Impact in the World.

Financial Aid Can Help.

The HGSE Financial Aid Office is committed to partnering with you to achieve your academic goals.  Financing a graduate education is both an investment and a challenge, but with early financial planning and our help you can make a HGSE education a reality.  The Financial Aid Office offers a number of financial aid programs to assist you.  These programs range from grants and scholarships to loans and work opportunities.  We encourage all students who apply for admission to also apply for financial aid, and we hope to assist you in reaching your goals as a HGSE student.  

Open the door to the possibilities-

Invest in your future at HGSE and make an impact in the world.

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Current Students

Apart from the information on this site, current students can find additional information in the Financial Aid section of MyGSE.

While our admissions process is highly selective, it is also personalized, comprehensive, and fair. There is no single formula or criterion for admission. What the Ed School looks for are students with a passion for education, diverse life and work experiences, and a deep commitment to making an impact in the world—as educators, researchers, policymakers, and service-minded leaders of character and integrity.

At this time, we are no longer accepting applications for fall 2010 enrollment. However, we hope that you will consider applying to HGSE for fall 2011 enrollment. (The application will be available in late summer 2010.) You will be taking a step toward joining other bright, talented, and experienced students who have the desire to transform lives through education.

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