To cross-register for a course offered by the Harvard faculties:


For courses at MIT, Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and MGH Institute of Health Professions:

Please note that MIT grades will not be received in time for any Spring MIT course to count towards May graduation requirements.  Instead, MIT grades will count as additional credits, not toward the minimum credits required for graduation.  Questions about this policy should be directed to the Registrar’s Office.

Students who fail to complete the cross-registration process will not be considered officially enrolled.

Students cannot enter cross-registered courses via the on-line registration system (ALICE). The HSPH Registrar’s Office will enter these courses upon receiving approval from the host school.

Cross-Registration Credit Requirements
For a cross-registered course to count toward a HSPH degree and to appear on the transcript, the course:

1. Must be a graduate-level course
2. Must be relevant to the student’s degree program
3. Must be taken for pass/fail or ordinal credit
4. Must be approved by the student’s advisor and department

Please note that Undergraduate level, Radcliffe Seminars, and Harvard Extension and Summer School courses are not counted toward degree credit at HSPH, nor is cross-registration into these courses permissible.

Cross-Registration Credit Limits
HSPH degree candidates can cross-register for a maximum of 1/2 of their total credits per semester. For example, a full-time student who is planning to register for a total of 20 credits may not register for more than 10 cross-registered credits. Students who wish to take more than 1/2 of their total credits for the semester outside HSPH must file a General Petition Form (available at the HSPH Registrar’s Office) for approval.

Cross-Registration Deadlines
Students who are cross-registering into consortium schools must meet the deadlines set by both HSPH and the Host School. Therefore, a student who wishes to enroll in a cross-registered course must meet the earlier add/drop/change deadline. Please refer to the Harvard Cross Registration Academic Calendar, which contains links to cross-registration information for all consortium schools.

Dropping a course

A student dropping a cross-registered course must do so by the earlier add/drop/change deadline and must submit a completed Add/Drop/Change Form to the Home School’s Registrar’s Office. Students who do not drop a cross-registered course via the Add/Drop/Change Form will be considered enrolled in the course and will receive a grade for it.

Dropping after the Cross-Registration Deadline
Students dropping a cross-registered course after the earlier add/drop/change deadline must complete the Late Withdrawal Petition and submit it to the HSPH Registrar’s Office for review. If the petition is approved, the student will receive a grade of “WD” for the course. If the petition is not approved, the student will be expected to complete the course. Students are also subject to late fees which may be charged by the host school. HSPH students should continue to attend classes until notified by the Registrar’s Office of the outcome of the petition. Tuition for Withdrawn courses is not refundable.

Cross-Registration Grades
Students who cross-register are bound by the rules and regulations of the respective faculties regarding grades, examination schedules, make-up examinations, and incomplete work. These regulations are often very different from those at HSPH.

The HSPH Registrar’s Office receives the grades from the consortium school’s Registrar’s Office and they are included as part of the student’s official academic record. These grades will not be translated into HSPH’s grading system. For example, HBS has a Roman numeral grading system such as: “I,” “II,” and “III.” These grades will appear on the student’s official transcript as Roman numerals. Although HBS grades will not calculate into the HSPH G.P.A., the credit taken counts for ordinal credit.

Degree candidates are urged to check the examination schedules of cross-registered courses to avoid possible problems of late grade reporting to the HSPH Registrar. Some schools give examinations at such a late date that HSPH degree candidates risk not receiving grades and credit for courses taken in time for them to be counted in the final degree audit for May Commencement.

Due to the change in graduation date, students must be aware that MIT grades will not be received in time for any Spring MIT course to count toward May graduation requirements. Instead, MIT grades will count as additional credits, not toward the minimum credits required for graduation.

Scheduling Cross-Registered Courses

Some schools pattern the length and activity of their classes much differently than that of the HSPH. For example, at the Harvard Business School (HBS), classes meet intensively for several hours at a time instead of meeting in several one- or two-hour sessions per week. This may interfere with students’ abilities to attend classes at the HSPH. In addition, commuting time to all but the Medical School and the School of Dental Medicine may be as long as 45 minutes each way, so that a course may require a 1-1/2 hour commitment in addition to formal class meeting times. Students should discuss the desirability and feasibility of cross-registration with their advisor. Please note that students may not, under any circumstance, register for courses that overlap time periods.