Credit for Completed Graduate Work

PhD students may be eligible to receive credit for graduate work they completed at other Harvard Schools or institutions. Students must complete at least one full term of satisfactory work at GSAS before submitting an application to the Registrar’s Office.

  • No guarantee is given that applications will be granted.
  • Only courses comparable to the level and merit of a Harvard GSAS course will be approved; credit is not given for undergraduate courses or thesis courses.

Credit for Work Done at Harvard University

Students may apply to receive academic and financial credit for courses taken at Harvard University.

  • Courses taken in a Harvard AB/AM or AB/SM program, at Harvard Summer School, as a GSAS special student, or as an employee under the Tuition Assistance Program (for courses taken in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences only) may be counted toward the minimum academic residence requirements for a master’s degree.
  • Couses taken at another Harvard school, outside of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, can be counted towards academic credit.
  • Maximum allowable credit is 4 courses (16 credits) toward a one-year master’s and 8 courses (32 credits) toward a two-year master’s or the PhD degree.

Credit for Work Done Elsewhere

Students may apply to receive academic credit for courses taken outside Harvard University.

  • Maximum allowable credit is 4 courses for master’s candidates and 8 courses for PhD candidates.