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Master Finance Harvard Extension School

Master Finance Harvard Extension School

Nothing, nobody will take it seriously! As soon as you read Extension School you know that it is a pure cash program.

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Master Finance Harvard Extension School

WiWi Gast wrote on January 14th, 2020:

Nothing, nobody will take it seriously! As soon as you read Extension School you know that it is a pure cash program.

And what is your factual basis for your assessment that nobody will take this seriously or that this is a "cash program"?

In any case, I am about to graduate in the above-mentioned studies + focus and can report that this opens a lot of doors (both at UB including McK and good positions in industry) and often heaves you over the first pre-selection hurdle in the application process. Up until now, I actually had to explain the study concept more and more precisely, with one exception, the people I spoke to were more impressed than before (I work full-time in middle management with a lot of stress and then go on to study Harvard at the same time, mainly at night and on weekends, requires many Respect).

You just have to understand that the main target group are mid-career professionals who often also work full-time and want / have to study (relatively) flexibly. If you fit into this scheme, it is optimal, but otherwise the program can still make sense for you (there may be better programs, e.g. if you have little / no professional experience in the field of study and want to study full-time ).

Regarding the point “pure cash program”: I can only shake my head with my experience. The program is by far the cheapest degree program at Harvard (without taking into account scholarships) and you have to achieve consistently high performance both for admission and during the program (minimum grades - this is also radically sorted out, so that ultimately only the high-performing + im Hardworking students for more than 3 years on average hold a Harvard diploma in their hands - yes, Harvard is tough). So in summary a lot of study work for relatively low costs (in contrast to many of the Executive Education Programs - you have to do relatively little and pay a lot for it, see e.g. AMP / OPM / GMP Program Harvard Business School, although it is now in ExecEd Area is still comparatively tough, selective in terms of participants and demanding in terms of implementation).

But what should also be clear is that if you want to study at one of the most renowned private universities in the world and in the USA, the system will cost you a lot of money. You don't necessarily have to do it, but if you have the money, want to learn a lot and don't shy away from hard work, you've come to the right place.

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Master Finance Harvard Extension School

Would rather recommend a degree from the University of London Worldwide - cheaper and with the LSE as lead college also significantly more prestigious (compare alumni list of both universities on Wikipedia). Attention: UoL WW can only be achieved with 10 hours of work per week.

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Master Finance Harvard Extension School

No recommendation! These part-time programs are absolutely not worth the money, at least at the Harvard Extension School speak from my own experience.

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Master Finance Harvard Extension School

Can you please explain that in more detail?

WiWi Gast wrote on January 2nd, 2021:

No recommendation! These part-time programs are absolutely not worth the money, at least at the Harvard Extension School speak from my own experience.

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Master Finance Harvard Extension School

With the Harvard Fernhochschule you only impress in very specific circles.

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Master Finance Harvard Extension School

Why should the program be bad? Because it's online?
For example, after studying at a normal university, I still studied at the Fernuni Hagen. The fellow students were much more impressive than at a normal university.

Of course, it also has to do with the average age. I don't know this Harvard program now, but I don't think the students are bad or learn nothing.

WiWi Gast wrote on January 3rd, 2021:

With the Harvard Fernhochschule you only impress in very specific circles.

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Master Finance Harvard Extension School

WiWi Gast wrote on January 3rd, 2021:

With the Harvard Fernhochschule you only impress in very specific circles.

There is no such thing as a "Harvard Distance College". All Academic Degree Programs at all Harvard Schools either have a face-to-face component or are entirely face-to-face. Sorry, but if you put such statements in the room, you as a reader can at least expect that the poster has minimal knowledge of the situation. For example, 2 minutes of Google Search would have been sufficient. Anyone who wants to study at Harvard primarily to impress others is out of place anyway *.

Specifically on the compulsory attendance courses for the Harvard Extension School
Bachelor: at least 4 courses on campus (https://www.extension.harvard.edu/academics/bachelor-liberal-arts-degree/degree-requirements)
Master: depending on the field of study, at least 1 - 4 courses on campus (https://www.extension.harvard.edu/academics/graduate-degrees)

For ALM Finance it used to be at least 4, now at least 2 courses because of the tightened visa requirements of the Trump Administration in the USA.

The vast majority of the courses were held on campus before Corona and some were streamed / recorded, so if you are on site and want to, you can often still choose courses after the pandemic so that you have a 100% face-to-face study.

Since we are now living in the year 2021 and we have all been suffering from the restrictions as a result of a pandemic for a long time, I have to allow myself a general comment on distance versus face-to-face universities or courses:
Both certainly have advantages and disadvantages and make sense for certain target groups; Programs and universities differ in various aspects - sometimes even significantly. However, I do not consider that a generalized devaluation of one study concept is either expedient or justified in terms of content. To make it clear, a nonsensical sample as a counter-argument: At the moment, face-to-face studies are generally much worse because practically none of the programs are due to. Corona offers presence at all (= sham) and in general the face-to-face universities have no idea about online lectures because of the lack of experience of the lecturers, the lack of technology and the didactic concept not geared towards this. So stupidly one-sidedly argued, the mMn is just as nonsense as general Fernuni bashing.

* Just like at Stanford and other internationally known universities, understatement is part of the good tone of the graduates. There are tons of experience reports on the net when it comes to the possibilities and perception of the Harvard degree in general and the program in particular. It should also be mentioned that nobody is hired alone or not even mainly because of a certain degree at a certain university, but because the candidate is generally the best “fit” at the position. Where it certainly helps, however, is to get over the first pre-selection hurdle.

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Master Finance Harvard Extension School

WiWi Gast wrote on December 16, 2020:

Would rather recommend a degree from the University of London Worldwide - cheaper and with the LSE as lead college also significantly more prestigious (compare alumni list of both universities on Wikipedia). Attention: UoL WW can only be achieved with 10 hours of work per week.

As far as I was able to find out, the various Masters with a focus on finance are all organized through the SOAS (= School of African and Oriental Studies) University and not through LSE or LBS. The University of London itself is just the loose administrative superstructure of otherwise independent member universities, which in turn probably award the degrees individually. This is very different from z. E.g. at Harvard, where there are different, semi-autonomous schools and faculties, but the degrees themselves all come from Harvard University (logically also from the Harvard Extension School).

To what extent the alumni lists of the University of London with its member universities or that of Harvard are more impressive, I leave to the judgment of others. In any case, both are long and extensive with Nobel Prize winners, famous scientists, as well as politicians and other outstanding personalities. I doubt whether that should be significantly decisive for the individual study choice. At first I think of at least 20 other criteria that would be more important for me.

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Master Finance Harvard Extension School

WiWi Gast wrote on January 3rd, 2021:

With the Harvard Fernhochschule you only impress in very specific circles.

+1. Sorry but if you just want to impress women or your aunt spends the money in the club or rent an expensive car and do a master’s degree at the FU Hagen. Will take you just as far.

I don't know anyone who is seriously impressed by an applicant from the Harvard Extension School because everything is missing that impresses a real Harvard applicant, for example:

The strict selection like in the Bachelor? - no
The networking and solidarity like in the MBA? - no
Learning from each other and being inspired by smart people on campus? - no
To be part of the Harvard community? - no

You can talk the courses as hard as you like, nobody cares. You will learn the same as in any other program. Elite programs have never been used for this.

To me it sounds like the boy who thought up when he was 17 that his first girlfriend was a supermodel in a town on the other side of Germany - a desperate attempt to impress gullible people who got sadder with every defense he made

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