Readmission

Former GSAS students who withdrew or were withdrawn from their graduate studies may apply for readmission to their degree program or for the degree. Readmission cannot be completed until all fees, overdue loan payments, and other indebtedness to the University has been paid.

Readmission to a Degree Program

Former GSAS students who previously enrolled in a degree program may apply for readmission to the same program if they:

  • paid at least one installment of tuition

  • held a registration status of withdrawn for at least one term

Readmission is not automatic and requires approval of the degree program and the GSAS dean for admissions and financial aid. Readmission may be conditional, requiring that the student meets specific outlined requirements. 

Consideration is given to the record of each applicant, which may include: the length of absence, the activities undertaken during the absence, and the number of student places available in the department.

  • Former students may submit up to three applications for readmission during the course of their academic career.

  • A student who was required to withdraw from GSAS (for any reason other than the G10 enrollment cap) may not apply for readmission until two academic terms have passed.

There are fees associated with Readmission which include: 

  • a $105 application fee

  • the facilities fee in the last term of registration

  • any outstanding balance on the student account

Charges will appear on the readmitted student’s Student Account upon reactivation.

To Apply

Applicants for readmission should submit the materials listed below to the Office of Student Affairs by email or by mail. Applicants must submit their materials by January 31 of any given year to be considered for readmission for the following fall term.

CHECKLIST AND APPLICATION MATERIALS

  • Contact the degree program in which you were previously enrolled to:

    • clarify courses and exams to be taken;

    • specify the time frame or duration to completion of the degree;

    • confirm consent of your faculty advisor and committee;

    • determine what, if any, additional supporting documentation you should submit with your application.

  • Write a Statement of Purpose noting your reason for withdrawal, outlining your plans for further study, proposed coursework, and anticipated dissertation or research topic. Please include a timeline for completion.

  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a faculty member. Faculty may submit their letter directly to the Office of Student Affairs (studaff@fas.harvard.edu).

  • Obtain an official current Harvard transcript.

  • Obtain any official records or transcripts of academic work, including language training, that you have done since leaving GSAS.

  • Consult your financial aid officer to determine whether they need to provide evidence of ability to pay tuition during the enrolled terms.

  • Complete the Application for Readmission form.

Readmission for Degree

Former GSAS students who completed all degree requirements except the dissertation defense (if applicable) and submission of the dissertation prior to withdrawal may apply for readmission for degree for one of three degree periods: November, March, or May.

Readmitted students are enrolled “pending degree” and are expected to meet the deadlines noted in the degree calendar. Students who fail to submit their dissertation prior to the deadline will revert to a registration status of “withdrawn.”

There are fees associated with Readmission for Degree which include: 

  • a $105 application fee

  • the facilities fee in the last term of registration

  • any outstanding balance on the student account

Charges will appear on the readmitted student’s Student Account upon reactivation.

To Apply

Applicants for readmission for degree should submit the materials listed below to the Office of Student Affairs by email or by mail. Submissions must arrive at least two weeks prior to the deadline for submission of degree applications to the Registrar’s Office (see degree calendar).

CHECKLIST AND APPLICATION MATERIALS

  • Contact the degree program in which you were previously enrolled to:

    • specify the requirements for completion of the degree;

    • confirm consent of your faculty advisor and dissertation committee;

    • determine what, if any, additional supporting documentation you should submit with your application.

  • Write a Statement of Purpose outlining your time line of completion to degree, including the current status of your dissertation.

  • Submit one letter of recommendation from your primary advisor. Your advisor may send their letter directly to the Office of Student Affairs (studaff@fas.harvard.edu).

  • Obtain an official current Harvard transcript.

  • Obtain any official records or transcripts of academic work, including language training, that you have done since leaving GSAS.

  • Complete the Application for Degree form.


 

CONTACT INFO

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Office of Student Affairs
Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center
1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 350
Cambridge, MA 02138

Policy Forms

Readmission Application Form
Readmission for Degree Form