Academic Programs

The Harvard Graduate School of Education offers three degree programs for students. Please visit the Program links in the right sidebar for details on each. 

The Ed.M. degree is a yearlong intensive program for students who wish to study a particular field in education. There are 13 programs of study. 

The Ed.L.D. degree integrates the fields of education, business, and public policy in visionary ways. This program prepares graduates for a variety of system-level leadership responsibilities in organizations such as: school systems, state departments of education, US Department of Education, national policy organizations, national nonprofits or mission-based for-profits, and foundations/funders.

The Ph.D. degree The Ph.D. in Education is an interdisciplinary doctoral program offered jointly by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Students learn how to collect and analyze information from multiple academic disciplines — economics, biology, psychology, the arts, history, and more — and translate those findings into transformative ideas for education policy reform and practice. Graduates often assume roles as university faculty, senior-level education leaders, policymakers, and researchers.