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What courses does Harvard continuing education provide?

I am seeking CPA continuing education from a highly reputable institution. I don’t want a course from just any online college. To be honest, I have not had any bad experience with an online course. However, my fear arises from my friend’s experience with a particular provider I would rather not mention while he was looking for CPF continuing education. I was thinking of Harvard online school, but I am not sure what CE courses they offer. What courses does Harvard continuing education offer? Can I earn CPA credit form their CE courses?

Rodney Fox

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Victoria Fowler on June 18, 2018

Harvard continuing Ed has a lot of courses for adult learners. However, I don’t think these courses are suitable for someone seeking accounting CE. Harvard offers graduate, undergraduate, and graduate certificate programs for adult learners.

You may choose to pursue these courses on campus or online from anywhere across the country. However, not all their classes will help you attain credit. Some are non-credit courses. However, you have not mentioned why you are pursuing continuous education. If it is for personal rather than professional reasons, I would definitely recommend Harvard.

Continuous education should be a lifelong adventure. Even for a career that doesn’t require licensing it is still essential to keep yourself updated in trends and issues in your field. Harvard extension school offers courses in the following areas:

  • Information technology
  • Liberal arts
  • Business management and leadership
  • Environmental studies

Harvard does not offer CPF continuing education or CPA continuing ed for professionals in these industries. However, their courses will help you:

  • Horn your business skills. I am referring to skills you use every day in your business environment. It does not matter what occupation you are in; every career needs proper management and leadership skills.
  • Prepare you for market shifts: you will learn how you can adapt to shifting market demands. Adaptation abilities are essential especially in the current times of technological advancements.
  • Get you the necessary entrepreneurial skills: there is a course on entrepreneurship and innovation that is good for anyone who wants to venture into business. You will learn how a potential entrepreneur can come up with brilliant and innovative business ideas. The course on this subject will help you come up with an actual plan which you can implement.
  • Negotiate a better pay: yes, you should do this right away. These courses are high quality. They instill real skills that any business person would want in their employees. Therefore, when you do these courses, you can approach your employer and negotiate a higher salary. Alternatively, if you feel dissatisfied with your current employer, you may be in a position to apply for a better-paying employment opportunity.

All in all, these courses are worth taking even if you won’t earn any credits. Some of them are free, so you don’t have to worry about your budget. If you have time, take at least one course every few months. They are short and self-paced online courses. 

Craig Stewarta year ago

I would recommend Kaplan instead of Harvard continuing education for some reasons. First of all, for professional careers such as accounting, there are those courses that are specified by your state of residency. You must pursue a stipulated number of these courses before you can gain a license to practice as an accountant. However, since you are already a qualified accountant, I am gathering that the two years you license is valid for have nearly expired and you need to renew it.

It’s not that Harvard extension school doesn’t have excellent CE courses. In fact, all their classes- free and paid- are unique. However, apart from gaining more knowledge in the field, you will study in a chosen/ pre-determined course, there is not much else that it will offer you. On the other hand, Kaplan specializes in CE courses that are state-mandatory for professional licensure which serves the whole purpose of CE. 


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