Degree Requirements

Common Requirements

GSAS students are required to:

Continuous registration may be interrupted by academic terms of withdrawal.

All GSAS programs have residence requirements, both financial and academic, and many programs have language requirements (see departmental requirements for your program).

  • Financial credit will not be granted for tuition paid to other universities or to other Harvard Schools.
  • After completing one term as a GSAS student, former special students or students who took FAS courses under the Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) may be eligible to apply for financial and academic credit for coursework.

Satisfactory Progress

Students are considered making satisfactory progress if they:

Programs may require additional conditions. See Departmental Requirements for more information.

  • GSAS students must make satisfactory progress to be eligible for financial aid.

Unsatisfactory Progress

Students who have not met conditions as outlined above or stated by their department, degree requirements, or deadlines may be considered to be making unsatisfactory progress and may be withdrawn from their program.

  • Students making unsatisfactory progress may not teach or receive financial aid (including federal Title IV funding).
  • Students making unsatisfactory progress are considered to not be in good standing with the University.
  • Students may not remain in “unsatisfactory” progress and those who do may be withdrawn from their program.

Grace Status

A student making unsatisfactory progress may, with departmental endorsement, be granted the status of “grace” for one year. At the end of the grace period, the student must be making satisfactory progress, otherwise they will be considered to be making unsatisfactory progress.

  • In most cases, only one period of grace will be granted to a student.
  • Students in “grace” status may not hold teaching appointments.
  • Students in “grace” remain eligible for institutional aid, except for federal Title IV loans and/or work-study (only students making satisfactory progress are eligible for federal Title IV funding).