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Tuition information for degree program students and for participants in the GSAS Visiting Students Program.


GSAS students are required to register continuously from the time they enter GSAS until they receive their degree, or in the case of special students and visiting fellows until they complete their program. GSAS charges tuition or enrollment fees based on student status. 

Master’s and PhD Students 

Master’s students are charged full tuition; some programs have different cost structures. Students in some master's programs may receive grants and fellowships that cover this cost. 

PhD students are charged tuition based on a tiered tuition structure that reduces over time as they progress through their degree program. Because circumstances vary from student to student, the chart below is only a guide to potential tuition charges. PhD students may receive grants to cover the cost of tuition and fees, as noted in their individualized Notice of Financial Support received upon admission. 

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).

Master’s and PhD Student Tuition Fee 2023–2024

Full Tuition— required first two years of study$54,032
Reduced Tuition—required third and fourth years of study14,048
Facilities Fee—required post-fourth year of study3,574
Active File Fee—minimum charge for approved nonresident status300

Note: Subject to annual increases

Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) and Data Science Master’s Programs

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)$61,768  (one-year program)
Computational Science and Engineering master of engineering (ME)$61,768 (first year); $30,884 (second year)
Data Science master of science (SM)$61,768 (first year); $30,884 (second year: one term only)


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 include 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.

Special Student Tuition Fee 2023–2024, per term

Number of coursesCost
Tuition for one course$6,754
Tuition for two courses13,508
Tuition for three courses20,262
Tuition for four courses27,016


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.

Visiting Fellow Tuition Fee 2023–2024

Number of monthsCost
Tuition for one academic term (5 months) $7,024
Tuition for one academic year (9 months) 14,048


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