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Life as a Master's Student

Life at HGSE is the best kind of busy — hundreds of smart, passionate people making the most of an unforgettable year on Appian Way.

Master’s students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education know how lucky they are. For a year, they get to live in Cambridge, one of America’s iconic college towns, hang out with fascinating and fun people who share their passion for education, and attend every film festival, free lecture, football game, jazz concert, ski trip, and trivia night humanly possible. You’re only an HGSE student once; make the most of it.

Campus Life

With a full schedule of classes, meetings, and activities, many HGSE students spend their entire day on campus. You can join one of 50 active student clubs and organizations showcasing the diversity and initiative of HGSE students. You can drop by the Institute of Politics and catch a free lecture from a former U.S. president, or see a presentation on food safety at the School of Public Health.  Attend concerts, film screenings, and conferences like the Askwith Forums lecture series, the Alumni of Color Conference, and other free HGSE and University-wide events. In between, there are plenty of great campus spots to meet up with friends:

  • The Commons at Gutman Library – Perfect for meals, snacks, and study breaks, and conveniently located on 1st floor of the HGSE library.
  • Hemenway Gym – Right across the Cambridge Common, this convenient Harvard gym offers state-of-the-art fitness equipment and group exercise classes for HGSE students.
  • Harvard Farmer’s Market – Browse the seasonal treats and support local growers at this Tuesday afternoon market right on campus.

Cambridge & Boston Life

Cambridge and Boston are a graduate student’s paradise. Harvard Square is packed with bookstores, coffee shops, and great food from all over the globe. The cultural and historical bounty of Boston is only a few subway stops away: the Museum of Fine Arts, The Freedom Trail, Fenway Park, and much more. The Student Affairs Office showcases the best of greater Boston with apple picking trips, ski trips, HGSE night at Celtics and Red Sox games, and more opportunities to get to know the city and each other.

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