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About the Harvard Graduate School of Education

For nearly 100 years, the Harvard Graduate School of Education has prepared smart and passionate individuals to become transformative leaders in education

Founded in 1920, the Harvard Graduate School of Education is a exceptional and collaborative community of faculty, students, and alumni dedicated to improving lives and expanding opportunities through the comprehensive study and effective practice of education. Through master’s degree, doctoral degree, and professional education programs, HGSE cultivates innovative leaders and entrepreneurs, explores the most important questions in education, and shares exciting ideas and best practices with the world. 

Everything we do at HGSE is grounded in the belief that education is the most pressing issue of our time, and that research-based education policy and practice have the power to create a more just and prosperous society. HGSE faculty, students, and alumni produce groundbreaking research in fields as diverse as the moral development of children, international education policy, organizational leadership, neuroscience and cognitive development, and the role of the arts in schools.

Academic Programs

Our master’s, doctoral, and professional education programs reflect the extraordinary diversity and depth of faculty research and student experience at 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. 

Boston and Cambridge

Harvard University is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a vibrant college town of coffeehouses and bookstores across the Charles River from historic and dynamic Boston. Boston is the birthplace of American public education, and home to hundreds of innovative schools, nonprofit organizations, and education entrepreneurs. Boston and Cambridge provide the ideal intellectual and professional setting for the advanced study of education.

Alumni

Since its inception, Harvard Graduate School of Education has graduated nearly 27,000 students. Today, the Ed School's alumni occupy educational leadership roles both nationally and internationally. Every day, HGSE graduates make an impact in the world of education as researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. 

Gutman Library

The Monroe C. Gutman Library is one of more than 90 libraries in the Harvard Library system. The collection's primary focuses are educational administration and policy, elementary and secondary education, teachers and teaching, educational innovations, educational psychology, human development, language acquisition, and the history of education. Currently the library holds more than 200,000 volumes and carries more than 1,300 periodical subscriptions. 

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.

Learn More About HGSE

The HGSE story is vibrant, diverse, and inspiring. Learn more about the remarkable people and world-changing ideas you will encounter at HGSE: