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Registration and Frequent Questions

Harvard Professional Development Programs are noncredit. Register and pay in full early to reserve a spot, as space is limited.

To register, find a program, click on your program of interest to visit the specific program’s webpage, where you will find detailed information and the registration button.

How much does a Harvard Professional Development Program cost?

Please see each specific program page for its cost. Program fees vary whether it is online or on-campus, but our programs start at $2,600.

The On-Campus Program Fee Covers:

  • Instruction
  • All program materials
  • Full breakfast
  • Full lunch
  • Coffee and snack breaks
  • Cocktail and Networking reception
  • Certificate of Participation

The Online Program Fee Covers:

  • Instruction
  • All digital program materials
  • Digital Certificate of Participation

What is Harvard’s refund policy?

On-Campus Program and Online Program Registration Cancellations

You may cancel free of charge until 14 days prior to the start of the program.  If you paid via credit card you may cancel directly through the registration portal. For all other cancellation requests, please write to PDP@dce.harvard.edu.

If you need to cancel within the 14 days of the program start, you may either choose to apply your tuition to any future program, within one year, or be assessed a 50% cancellation fee. If you do not cancel and do not attend the program, you forfeit the entire payment. 

To apply your tuition to a future program, that space available, please write to PDP@dce.harvard.edu to request an electronic voucher.

Participants may not cancel after a program begins.

How can I pay for my program?

The quickest way to secure your seat in the program is to pay online with a credit card. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, and your seat is not confirmed until your tuition has been received in full.

Credit cards or e-checks are the preferred form of payment. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted at the time of registration.

If online payment is not an option for you, we can provide you with a tuition invoice after you register online up to the point of payment. Once you have completed this step, please email us at PDP@dce.harvard.edu to request an official invoice.

Payment by wire transfer is also accepted, however the processing of a wire transfer must be initiated at least eight weeks prior to the start of the program. Therefore, we highly recommend that you pay first with a credit card in order to ensure your seat in the program and then, if possible, seek reimbursement from your employer. When your wire transfer or check has been received and applied to your account, you will receive a registration confirmation email. Please note that since many programs do fill quickly, often forming a waitlist, it is possible that the program may fill before your payment is received.

Since programs often fill quickly, we recommend completing payment online whenever possible. Often participants pay with their personal credit cards and later seek reimbursement directly from their employer in order to ensure a seat in the program.

Do you offer any discounts or scholarships?

We offer the following discounts, but please note that discounts cannot be combined.

Individuals attending more than one program: You pay full price for the first program registration and receive a 10% discount on any additional programs. To take advantage of this discount, please email pdp@dce.harvard.edu for further instructions.

Groups from the same organization: Groups of two individuals from the same organization receive a 7% discount. For groups of three to six individuals, a 10% discount is extended to all participants. If your organization would like to send more than six individuals to programs throughout the year, a 12% tuition discount is extended to all participants.

To take advantage of the group discount, please email pdp@dce.harvard.edu for further instructions.

Please note: We do not allow more than six participants from one organization. This is to encourage diversity of industry and experience in the classroom. If your organization wants to train a larger number of employees, see our exclusive offerings.

Harvard Professional Development Programs are non credit, non degree programs; therefore, not eligible for Federal Student Aid. 

Harvard Employees: Harvard Professional Development Programs are not covered by Harvard’s Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP).

Are there prerequisites or qualifications to register?

Proficiency in written and spoken English is required for participation in all Professional Development Programs. While we do not require proof of your English language proficiency, we do expect that you are fluent in English in order to fully understand and participate in program activities. Our programs are designed for individuals who are very comfortable reading, speaking, and listening to English and who can actively participate in team projects, presentations, and discussions conducted in English.

Prospective participants must have a bachelor’s degree or, for those lacking a bachelor’s degree, must demonstrate compelling professional experience and be at least 18 years old. See individual program pages for additional prerequisites.

Each program description also has a section titled Who Should Enroll, which may be helpful in determining whether a program appropriately fits your background and interests.

Harvard Professional Development Programs may refuse registration to anyone who has been required to withdraw from another Harvard school or course.

For on-campus programs

You must be covered individually with comprehensive health insurance for major medical emergencies and hospitalization. Check with your organization’s health insurance carrier before your arrival to ensure that you have adequate coverage. Harvard Professional Development Programs are not responsible for medical fees incurred during your stay.

 

 

How can I request accommodations for a disability?

Please contact our Accessibility Services Office if you have questions about accommodations for documented disabilities, permanent or temporary injuries, as well as chronic conditions.

What will I receive once I complete my Harvard Professional Development Program?

You will receive one Certificate of Participation upon completion of, active participation in, and full attendance during a program (on-campus or online). Grades are not assigned, and the programs do not count toward a degree. Professional Development programs do not appear on official Division of Continuing Education transcripts.

What do I do if my program is canceled?

Programs may be added or canceled throughout the year. If a program is canceled, Harvard Professional Development Programs will refund the program tuition in full but are  not responsible for travel, accommodations, or other expenses incurred by the participant.

Inclement Weather Cancellations 

Professional Development Programs are rarely canceled because of inclement weather. If they are canceled, a notice is posted on the homepage the day of cancellations. Participants are notified by email. 

You may also refer to the following for announcements:

Professional Development Programs: (617) 998-8500

If Cambridge institutes an emergency parking ban during a winter storm, a notice will appear on the City of Cambridge website.

If I am on a waitlist, when will I be notified?

If a registered participant cancels from the program for any reason, we will reach out to waitlisted participants in order of registration. If a space opens up that we can offer to you, we will reach out to ask if you are still interested in attending and request that you pay the program tuition with a credit card.

The chances of being offered a seat off of the waitlist are unpredictable, but often not very high. We recommend looking at our other program offerings and registering for an alternative program. You will remain on the waitlist for your first choice program, and please be assured that we will still reach out to you immediately in the event that a seat becomes available.

Are the programs recorded?

In order to protect the privacy of our participants and the intellectual property of our presenters, on-campus and online programs will not be recorded by Harvard for participant purposes, nor can sessions be recorded by participants with their personal devices unless directed by the instructor.

What time zones are programs in?

Our offices and classrooms are based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. All programs, online and on-campus, will take place in Eastern Time Zone. Please plan your attendance and any necessary travel accordingly.



Does Harvard use agents to book programs?

Harvard PDP deals directly with individual participants. We do not partner with agents to book groups of participants, or offer any commission for referring participants to our programs.

Any agency offering services to clients vis-a-vis Harvard University may only serve to assist applicants in the process of completing registration forms, and may not in any way represent itself as an agency of Harvard University. All registrations and payments must come from the individual participants or their organizations.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Harvard Professional Development does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job or course of study requirements in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.

Traveling to Campus

What are the visa requirements for international participants?

According to US State Department guidelines, visitors may use the B-1 visa for brief stays, usually less than six months, to participate in scientific, educational, professional, or business conventions, conferences, or seminars, or to undertake independent research. See the Harvard International Office’s B visa guidelines.

For the most current visa information, check the US Department of State website periodically. Consult the US embassy or consulate in your country to determine the appropriate visa category and necessary documentation. We recommend that you list “professional development” rather than “school” or “study” as your reason for coming to the United States.

Once you have registered and paid in full, you may request a letter of participation for visa purposes. Requests may take up to ten business days to process. To make your request, email PDP@dce.harvard.edu.

If you are currently a resident in Ukraine, please contact us at PDP@dce.harvard.edu about enrollment.

Do I need proof of immunizations to attend an on-campus program?

To ensure the safety and well-being of our entire campus community, Massachusetts law requires that educational visitors are immunized against common contagious illnesses. Please ensure your immunizations are up to date prior to arrival on campus.

Upon arrival, you will be required to attest that you are immunized against COVID-19. You can review Harvard’s latest COVID-19 news, updates, and vaccine requirements on Harvard.edu.

What is a typical schedule for an on-campus program?

  • Check-in and breakfast begin at 8 a.m. and our programs start at 8:30 a.m.
  • Participants get a one-hour lunch break and short breaks in the morning and afternoon.
  • On the first day, participants will have an opportunity to join a networking reception that runs from 4:15 p.m. until 5 p.m.
  • The final day of the program will end at 4:30 p.m.

What is the dress code?

Participants dress in varying levels of formality, but as a general guideline we suggest wearing office or business casual attire. The weather is often unpredictable in Massachusetts, so make sure to check the weather ahead of time. You may also want to bring a sweater or jacket/blazer to accommodate for potential variations in room temperatures.