The Prospective Program

The Prospective Program is a preliminary plan in which students list the formal course work they intend to take to support their chosen major and minor fields. Students must declare a minimum of 20 credits to take in the major field and a minimum of 10 credits in each of the two minor fields.

Students may not use the required introductory-level Biostatistics and Epidemiology courses to fulfill requirements of the Prospective Program.

Students in a joint degree program (admitted to two departments) must declare two major fields and one minor field. In this case, each of the two major fields should comprise a minimum of 20 credits, and the minor field should comprise a minimum of 10 credits. Students in joint degree programs must meet all departmental requirements for both departments.

The Prospective Program must be submitted to the CAD no later than the end of the second semester of the first year. It is in the best interest of the student to submit the Prospective Program as early as possible. Students who received a Master’s degree from the School may submit a combined Prospective/Final Program as early as the end of their first semester of study, but no later than the end of the third semester.

Each course listed in the Prospective Program must be a formal, non-independent study, non-tutorial, non-research course taken for ordinal (e.g., A-, B-, etc.,) credit. A grade of B- or better must be obtained in all the courses proposed. Each course must be taken for graduate credit. This is of special note if a student is cross-registering into another school.

Students proposing to include graduate-level courses not taken at the Harvard Chan School in the Prospective/Final Program must submit a course description and/or syllabus from the course along with the Prospective/Final Program. Students must also submit an official transcript indicating the successful completion and the grade of the course(s) taken elsewhere. In addition the student must include a general petition outlining their request.

Procedure for Submitting the Prospective Program

  1. Obtain the Prospective/Final Program Form from the Harvard Chan School Registrar’s Office.
  2. Meet with the advisor to discuss course selection for major and minor fields.
  3. List all formal courses proposed for major and minor fields.
  4. Obtain the required signatures from the advisor and department chair.
  5. Return the form to the Harvard Chan School Registrar’s Office for submission to the CAD*.

*The prospective program MUST be submitted in ink.