GSAS enables students to coordinate their studies for an additional advanced degree. 

Combine your PhD with an MD

For careers in biomedical science requiring an MD and PhD, visit the MD-PhD program at Harvard Medical School.

Combine your PhD with a JD

Through this program, you'll receive a JD from Harvard Law School and a PhD from Harvard GSAS. Learn more about the Coordinated JD/PhD program.

Combine your MBA with a master of science

GSAS partners with Harvard Business School (HBS) on two joint degree programs that confer an MBA from HBS and a master of science from GSAS:

Learn more about the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences program with the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Learn more about the MS/MBA Biotechnology: Life Sciences with the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology.

Combine your Harvard College AB with an AM or SM

Eligible Harvard College students may apply to GSAS, typically in the fall of their junior year, to earn an AM or SM degree through the Concurrent Master's program during their final year of undergraduate study. If you are eligible for advanced standing, please consult the Office of Undergraduate Education for more information.

Please Note: GSAS has a minimum residency requirement of one year* for all master of arts and master of science degrees, including the AB/AM and AB/SM programs.

*GSAS will waive the two-semester residency requirement as a temporary accommodation invoked as part of a set of emergency policies developed in response to the pandemic. It applies to students who matriculated in the fall of 2020 or earlier and who are on track to graduate at the end of a fall semester due to a pandemic-related break in their enrollment at Harvard College. The student will be expected to apply to the concurrent degree program by the GSAS deadline in December/January of the year preceding the student’s formal fall term enrollment in the master’s program. The course requirements for the dual degrees remain the same and it will be the responsibility of the student to ensure completion of all requirements for both the AB and the master’s degree by the end of their eighth term in the College. If you think you may qualify under this policy, please email the GSAS Office of Admissions for approval well in advance of the application deadline.

Next Steps

  • Review information about the Concurrent Master’s program from the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) and information about the intended master’s program.
  • Use the Concurrent Master’s Planning Worksheet (available for download on the Concurrent Master's page of the OUE website) to develop a detailed plan to fulfill the degree requirements for the intended master’s program.
  • Engage in advising conversations with your resident dean, the director of undergraduate studies (or equivalent) for your concentration, and the director of graduate studies for your intended master’s program to discuss the additional workload required for the concurrent master’s degree.
  • Review the admissions information on the GSAS website, including application instructions.
  • Submit an application to GSAS. The application deadline for the AB/AM and AB/SM is the same as the published deadline for the GSAS program of interest.

Eligible Programs