Cross-Registration

HSPH degree students may only enroll in courses offered by the cross-registration consortium, which consists of the other Harvard faculties, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), or Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Obtaining credit for cross-registered courses is permissible only for graduate-level courses appropriate to the student’s HSPH degree program, and if a similar course is not available at HSPH. Deadline dates for cross-registration and for the first day of classes may vary from school to school across the consortium. Due to a change in graduation date, students must be aware that MIT grades will not be received in time for any Spring MIT course to count towards May graduation requirements. Instead, MIT course credits 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.

The table below lists the cross-registration consortium, their abbreviations, and their telephone numbers.

Students must complete the HSPH Registration Check-in Process prior to cross registration.

 

THE CROSS-REGISTRATION CONSORTIUM

Name Of School School Code Telephone
Harvard Business School HBS 617-495-6247
Harvard School of Dental Medicine HDS 617-432-1447
Harvard Divinity School DIV 617-495-5760
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences GSAS 617-495-1519
Harvard Graduate School of Design GSD 617-495-1237
Harvard Graduate School of Education GSE 617-495-3419
Harvard Kennedy School HKS 617-495-1150
Harvard Law School HLS 617-495-4612
Harvard Medical School HMS 617-432-1515
Episcopal Divinity School EDS 617-868-3450
Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy FLE 617-627-3055
Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy 617-636-3777
Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT 617-258-6432


Registering For A Cross-Registered Course
All cross-registration is completed online at the Harvard University Course Catalog site.
The site is a synopsis of cross registration information and resources available to Harvard University students who wish to register for courses at different Harvard faculties. To register for courses offered by one of the consortium schools, students must complete each of the following steps:

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

For courses at MIT and Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy:

Please note that MIT grades will not be received in time for any Spring MIT course to count towards May graduation requirements. Instead, MIT spring 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.

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

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

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 (available at the HSPH Registrar’s Office) for review and approval.

Cross-Registration Deadlines
Students 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 Academic Calendar at the Cross-Registration web site.

Adding and Dropping a Cross-Registration Course
A student dropping a cross-registered course must do so by the earliest add/drop/change deadline and must submit a completed Cross-Registration Add/Drop/Change Form, with advisor’s signature, to the HSPH Registrar’s Office. Students who do not drop a cross-registered course via this 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 earlieradd/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 is not refundable for withdrawn courses.

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 (i.e., “I,” “II,” and “III”). HBS 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.

Individual instructors may not determine grading options for cross-registered students, but must conform to their Faculty’s official regulations. Degree candidates are urged to check the exam schedules of cross-registered courses to avoid possible problems of late grade reporting to the HSPH Registrar. Some schools give exams at such late dates 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.

Students should be aware that the Harvard Medical School will only allow students to take courses Pass/Fail.

 

Scheduling Cross-Registered Courses
Some schools pattern the length and activity of their classes much differently than that of 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 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 a course may require a 1-1/2 hour commute 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 meet at the same or overlapping time periods.