All GSAS students are charged tuition based on a tiered tuition structure that reduces over time as students progress through their degree program. Students in PhD programs and some master's programs receive grants and fellowships that cover this cost.

PhD and Master’s Students

Students are required to register continuously from the time they enter a degree program until they receive their degree. Nonresident students with Leave of Absence or Traveling Scholar status are charged, at minimum, the active file fee (see the chart below).

Tuition and Health Service Fee 2016–2017

Full Tuition— required first two years of study*

$43,296

Reduced Tuition—required third and fourth years of study

  11,258

Facilities Fee—required post-fourth year of study

    2,866

Active File Fee—minimum charge for approved nonresident status

       300

Harvard University Student Health Plan (HUSHP) Fees:

HUSHP Basic—Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) Fee (required)

HUSHP Supplemental—Prescription Drug Coverage and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Hospital/Specialty

 


    1,088

    2,630

Note: Subject to annual increases

* Effective academic year 2016–2017, the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) master’s programs will implement a new tuition structure that differs from other degree programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Tuition for the master of science (SM) and the first year of the master of engineering (ME) degrees will be $49,500. Tuition for the second research year of the ME program will be $24,750.

2016–2017 Estimated 10-month Living Expense Budget
(single student)

Books and Supplies

$   900

Apartment Housing including Utilities

15,450

Dormitory Housing

6,872–10,794

Meal Plan for Dormitory Residents

   2,298

Food

   5,840

Miscellaneous

   5,960

This estimated budget does not include costs of travel or summer support, fees for required tests, application fees, or such initial expenses as home furnishings. Your individual expenses may vary from these figures. Funding and aid are available to meet these costs.

Special Students

Special students engage in coursework or a combination of coursework and research for academic credit for one term or one year only. While not candidates for any degree, special students are admitted to GSAS and access student privileges, which includes a Harvard transcript with coursework and grades listed. Full tuition and student health fees are charged; GSAS does not offer financial aid, work-study opportunities, or student loans to special students. Audited courses and supervised independent research projects are charged the same tuition as courses for credit.

Payment of tuition and fees is due prior to registration.

Tuition and Health Services Fee 2016–2017, per term

Tuition for one course*

$5,412

Tuition for two courses*

10,824

Tuition for three courses

16,236

Tuition for four courses

21,648

Harvard University Student Health Plan (HUSHP) Fees:†

HUSHP Basic—Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) Fee (required)

HUSHP Supplemental—Prescription Drug Coverage and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Hospital/Specialty

 

     544 (per term)

 

  1,315 (per term)

Note: subject to annual increases

*Special Students enrolled in two or fewer courses may waive the HUSHP fees.

HUSHP fees can be waived by providing documentation establishing comparable insurance that meets Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Harvard University Health Services criteria.

Below is an estimated budget for living expenses, including housing, food, and miscellaneous expenses. Please note that this is a guide representing the bare minimum for living in the Cambridge area and are subject to change.

2016–2017 Estimated Living Expenses Budget

 

One academic term
(5 months)

Full academic year
(9 months)

Single

$14,075

$25,335

With spouse or partner

  19,380

  34,884

With spouse or partner and one child

 22,920

  41,256

Additional child

   3,384

    6,768 

Visiting Fellows

Scholars intending to conduct independent research who hold a doctorate, have equivalent professional experience, or are advanced doctoral candidates who have completed all required coursework may register at GSAS as a visiting fellow. Visiting fellows are considered full-time research students, access Harvard University’s libraries and facilities, and may apply for membership in the Harvard Faculty Club. Reduced tuition and student health fees are charged; GSAS does not offer financial aid, work-study opportunities, or student loans to visiting fellows. Tuition cannot be waived or prorated and is non-refundable.

Tuition and Health Services Fee 2016–2017, per term

Tuition for one academic term (5 months)

$ 5,629 

Tuition for one academic year (9 months)

  11,258

Harvard University Student Health Plan (HUSHP) Fees:†

HUSHP Basic—Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) Fee (required)

HUSHP Supplemental—Prescription Drug Coverage and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Hospital/Specialty

 

      544 (per term)

 

   1,315 (per term)

Note: subject to annual increases

HUSHP fees can be waived by providing documentation establishing comparable insurance that meets Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Harvard University Health Services criteria.

Below is an estimated budget for living expenses, including housing, food, and miscellaneous expenses. Please note that this is a guide representing the bare minimum for living in the Cambridge area and are subject to change.

2016–2017 Estimated Living Expenses Budget

 

One academic term
(5 months)

Full academic year
(9 months)

Single

$14,075

$25,335

With spouse or partner

  19,380

  34,884

With spouse or partner and one child

  22,920

  41,256

Additional child

    3,384 

    6,768