Part-Time Students

A degree candidate may, under certain circumstances, petition the department and the GSAS Office of Student Affairs for permission to enroll as a part-time student. These circumstances should represent changes that have occurred since initial enrollment. Part-time students are charged at the per-course rate (see Chapter VIII). Students at the reduced or facilities tuition rate, ordinarily, do not consider part-time status. The tuition requirements are described in Chapter VIII. Usually, Harvard grants will be reduced to reflect part-time status.

Applications for part-time study are available from the Office of Student Affairs in Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center or can be found below. Completed applications are due in the Office of Student Affairs by the deadlines indicated in the Academic Calendar. Separate applications must be filed for each academic year. On the application students should indicate the reasons that part-time status is sought and the number of courses for which they wish to register each term.

Application for part-time study

Part-time study ordinarily is approved for the following reasons:

  1. having to care for small children at home,
  2. personal ill health,
  3. severe illness of other family members,
  4. extreme financial strain in cases in which the student has dependents.

The John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has provision for a limited number of students who are admitted to the Master of Science (SM) program to study on a part-time basis.

Massachusetts state law requires that any full-time or part-time student enrolled in an institution of higher learning in Massachusetts participate in a qualifying student health insurance program or in a health plan of comparable coverage. All Harvard students are automatically enrolled in theĀ Harvard University Student Health Program (HUSHP) and charges are applied to their student bill.

Foreign nationals with student visas who are not permanent residents of the United States may only register for part-time study if they are in their final term of study and have three or fewer courses remaining to complete their program. International students must have their part-time petitions signed by the Harvard International Office.