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 2022–2023

Full Tuition— required first two years of study*

$52,456

Reduced Tuition—required third and fourth years of study

13,638

Facilities Fee—required post-fourth year of study

3,470

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

 


1,304

4,080

Note: Subject to annual increases

* The Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) and Data Science master’s programs have different tuition structures than other degree programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:

Computational Science and Engineering master of science (SM):  $59,968  (one-year program).

Computational Science and Engineering master of engineering (ME): $59,968 (first year); $29,984 (second year).

Data Science master of science (SM): $59,968 (first year); $29,984 (second year: one term only).

2022–2023 Estimated 10-month Living Expense Budget
(single student)

Books and Supplies

$900

Apartment Housing including Utilities

17,730

Dormitory Housing

7,892–12,392

Meal Plan for Dormitory Residents

2,669

Food

6,700

Miscellaneous

6,910

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 2022–2023, per term

Tuition for one course*

$6,557

Tuition for two courses*

13,114

Tuition for three courses

19,1677

Tuition for four courses

26,228

Required Harvard University Student Health Plan (HUSHP) Fees:

HUSHP Student Health Fee (SHF)—Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) Fee

HUSHP Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)—Prescription Drug Coverage and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Hospital/Specialty

 

652 (per term)

 

2,040 (per term)

*Special Students enrolled in two or fewer courses may apply to waive the SHF.

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.

2022–2023 Estimated Living Expenses Budget

 

One academic term
(4.5 months)

Full academic year
(9 months)

Single

$14,508

$29,016

With spouse or partner

 19,935

39,870

With spouse or partner and one child

 23,530

47,061

Additional child

   2,862

5,724

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 Fees 2022–2023

Tuition for one academic term (5 months)

 $6,818

Tuition for one academic year (9 months)

 13,638

Required Harvard University Student Health Plan (HUSHP) Fees:

HUSHP Student Health Fee (SHF)—Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) Fee

HUSHP Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)—Prescription Drug Coverage and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Hospital/Specialty

 

 652 (per term)

 2,040 (per term)

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.

2022–2023 Estimated Living Expenses Budget

 

One academic term
(4.5 months)

Full academic year
(9 months)

Single

$14,508

$29,016

With spouse or partner

19,935

39,870

With spouse or partner and one child

23,530

47,061

Additional child

2,862

5,724