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Degree Programs

HGSE’s mission is to prepare education leaders and innovators who will change the world by improving education. Through a rich suite of courses and co-curricular experiences designed to incorporate the best learning practices, along with the expert mentorship of Harvard's exceptional faculty, a degree from HGSE prepares you to make a difference in education today — at all levels and across all roles. Learn more about our degree programs below.

Master's in Education (Ed.M.)

Residential Master’s in Education

Choose from among five programs

HGSE’s Residential Master’s in Education (Ed.M.) is designed for aspiring and established educators, leaders, and innovators — offering you a full-time, immersive, on-campus experience with five distinct programs to choose from. You will build a rich network of peers and mentors and have the flexibility to concentrate studies on specific areas of interest and pursue experiential, elective learning opportunities.

Online Master’s in Education

Program in Education Leadership

HGSE’s Online Master’s in Education (Ed.M.) in Education Leadership is an intentionally curated program designed for educators with at least seven years of relevant experience looking to advance their leadership in higher education or preK–12 — offering you the opportunity to stay engaged in your home community while participating in a part-time program that draws on the latest innovations in online learning, as well as HGSE’s longstanding emphasis on relationship building.

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Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.)

HGSE’s Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) is designed to create transformative system-level leaders who have the capacity to lead complex organizations, navigate political environments, and create systemic change in the field of education. The Ed.L.D. offers you a deep understanding of teaching and learning and prepares you to work across the sector to improve outcomes in American preK–12 education.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.)

HGSE’s Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.) trains cutting-edge researchers who work across disciplines, generate knowledge, and translate discoveries into transformative policy and practice. The program provides you with full access to the extraordinary resources of Harvard University and prepares you for a high-impact career as a researcher, academic, policymaker, or educational leader.

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