Part-Time Study

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A degree candidate who wishes to enroll as a part-time student must complete an application for part-time study and submit it to the GSAS Office of Student Affairs for approval. See the academic calendar for deadlines.

  • Before applying for part-time study, students should discuss their plans with their advisor and with their financial aid officer.

Part-time study may be approved if the student:

  • needs to care for small children at home
  • experiences personal ill health or severe illness of other family members
  • is under extreme financial strain and has dependents
  • is a master’s student in their final term of enrollment.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Part-time students are charged the appropriate per-course rate until the equivalent of two years of full tuition has been paid. Thereafter, they register and are charged reduced tuition as full-time students. They must have paid a minimum total of two years of full tuition and two years of reduced tuition prior to receipt of the PhD unless the degree was completed in fewer than four years from initial registration. If a student who has been part-time completes the PhD in fewer than four years, the student will be charged what a full-time student would have paid over the same period of time.

Per-Course Rate 2022–2023

SEAS CSE Master's ME and SM, Data Science Master's

Tuition for one course



Tuition for two courses



Tuition for three courses


$22, 488

Tuition for four courses



International Students

Foreign nationals with student visas who are not officially permanent residents of the United States may register for part-time study if they:

  • are in their final term of enrollment
  • have three or fewer courses remaining

The application must be signed by the Harvard International Office.

Health Insurance

According to Massachusetts law, part-time students must participate in a qualifying student health insurance program or in a health plan of comparable coverage. All Harvard students are automatically enrolled in the Harvard University Student Health Program (HUSHP) and fees are applied to their student account.


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Office of Student Affairs
Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center
1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 350
Cambridge, MA 02138

Policy Forms

Application for Part-Time Study