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About the Harvard Graduate School of Education


The Harvard Graduate School of Education is an impact-focused professional school that is working to improve opportunities and outcomes for all learners by engaging the field to put powerful ideas into practice. We do this by:

  • Preparing education leaders, researchers, and innovators
  • Generating knowledge to improve outcomes 
  • Communicating, convening, and partnering with the field

For more than 100 years, the Harvard Graduate School of Education has prepared talented, passionate individuals to become transformative leaders in education.   

Founded in 1920, the Harvard Graduate School of Education is an 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 degreedoctoral 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 practice and policy 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, early childhood education, and learning design. They also engage in evidence-based practices to support students, schools and organizations, and systems to foster educational improvement. 

Our Academic Programs and Students

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 higher 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.


Since its inception, Harvard Graduate School of Education has graduated nearly 29,000 students. Our alumni, together with more than 13,000 professional education participants each year, influence the lives of others through their work as teachers, school leaders, policymakers, entrepreneurs, researchers, youth advocates, and other professionals who create the conditions for educational opportunity around the world.

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: